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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 27, 2020

Top Story

Fed review of offshore wind projects raises concerns over delays

By Mark Harrington, Newsday  •    •  Posted 2020-01-26 15:37:42

The Trump administration’s unexpected review of “potential impacts” of offshore wind-energy projects could be published early this year, but it remains unclear whether publication will clear a logjam that has stalled one of the country’s first large-scale projects, and the dozen to follow. Some who have been expecting the federal government to finalize additional areas off Long Island to be auctioned for lease say there are concerns the delays could stall the state’s ambitious goals for offshore wind. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Wind Energy Leaders Consider Iowa a Prime Location to Address Climate Change

By Lisa Felton, WHO  •    •  Posted 2020-01-26 15:40:24

Iowa is second in the country for wind energy production, getting about 34% of our energy from the wind. With that status, the American Wind Energy Association is hosting a panel on Iowa’s role in clean energy and ability to address climate change. The group wants the country to learn from Iowa’s success of using renewable energy and how it can impact climate policy. The panel event is Monday,  January 27th at 10:00 am. It’s at Drake University and will be featured on politico.com. [ read more … ]

Inside the fight over Md. offshore wind project

By Heather Richards, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-01-26 15:38:14

Maryland Democrat Lorig Charkoudian had almost finished her speech in front of the state Public Service Commission when she was drowned out by boos from the audience. Her offending remark was that the commission shouldn’t hold up two offshore wind projects proposed along the Delaware-Maryland border. Charkoudian, a state delegate, argued Maryland would lose an economic opportunity and fail to respond to a “climate crisis.”
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Climate

Gas Exports Have a Dirty Secret: A Carbon Footprint Rivaling Coal’s

By Catherine Traywick, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-01-26 15:38:51

In May, while President Donald Trump toured a new $10 billion plant designed to prepare natural gas for export, he made a vow. Such facilities would be good for the environment, he said, or they won’t get approved. The president has greenlit 11 projects so far, bringing the U.S. total to 18. Environmentalists once touted the fuel, nicknamed “freedom gas” by the Trump administration, as a better energy alternative, but an analysis shows the plants’ potential carbon dioxide emissions rival those of coal.
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Big Business Says It Will Tackle Climate Change, but Not How or When

By David Gelles and Somini Sengupta, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-01-26 15:39:25

Business titans who for decades brushed off warnings about climate change arrived at the annual World Economic Forum this week ready to show their newfound enthusiasm for the cause. Having previously played down the need for the reform that scientists had urged, finance leaders and company chiefs conspicuously rallied around a consensus that accelerating global temperatures pose a significant risk to society — and to business.
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FERC

FERC’s McNamee not seeking 2nd term as commissioner

By Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-01-26 15:39:45

Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Bernard McNamee announced on Thursday he will not seek another term on the commission. As he was appointed to finish out former Chair Kevin McIntyre’s term at FERC, his time at the commission officially ends on June 30. He plans to stay through the end of the year or until another commissioner is appointed, whichever comes first. [ read more … ]

EVs

Amazon, Lime part of new alliance to accelerate EVs

By Jason Plautz, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-01-26 15:40:07

Amazon, AT&T, Siemens and Lime are among the founding members of a new partnership seeking to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) through strategic collaboration.
The Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance will leverage combined demand to push for production of new EV models and infrastructure, especially in the delivery and shipping sectors. The members will also push for state and federal policies to promote EVs.  [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Trump weakened environmental laws after BP lobbying

By Jillian Ambrose, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2020-01-26 15:39:08

BP has successfully lobbied US policymakers to weaken a landmark environmental law, clearing the way for major infrastructure projects to bypass checks. US government documents show BP America lobbied in favour of Donald Trump’s decision to dilute legislation, which could make it easier for new projects, such as oil pipelines and power plants, to move forward with far less federal review of their impact on the environment.
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