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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 29, 2020

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New Jersey outlines sweeping plans to achieve 100% clean energy by 2050

By Matthew Bandyk, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-01-28 14:28:49

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy released on Monday a wide-ranging plan with details on how the state could achieve 100% clean energy by 2050, a goal adopted by governors of both Massachusetts and Washington in the past month. The governor’s “Energy Master Plan” admits that New Jersey’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions thus far are insufficient to achieve the target of 80% reduction from 2006 levels set by the state’s Global Warming Response Act, passed last summer. [ read more … ]

Gov. Murphy announces a plan for 100% clean energy by 2050

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2020-01-28 14:29:04

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy unveiled a sweeping energy plan Monday that sets goals for shifting the state to 100% clean energy by 2050. The first-term Democratic governor announced the plan at Stockton University alongside two Cabinet officials who will be carrying the plan out, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe and Board of Public Utilities President Joe Fiordaliso.
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Missouri House passes bill targeting wind energy line

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2020-01-28 14:29:30

Lawmakers in Missouri’s Republican-led state House on Monday voted to ban the use of eminent domain for a large wind-energy power line, a move that could present a major setback for the project. House members voted 118-42 to prevent the use of eminent domain to acquire easement rights for the Grain Belt Express power line. [ read more … ]

Wind-power surge in Kansas puts heat on limited transmission system

By Tim Carpenter, Hutchinson News  •    •  Posted 2020-01-28 14:30:11

Kansas’ position as the nation’s top wind energy producer in terms of electricity generation adds pressure to expand transmission infrastructure to reduce in-state congestion and push power to urban centers to the east, a wind industry analyst said Monday. Kimberly Svaty, who represents the 35-member Kansas Power Alliance, said Monday updated statistics would likely show the state reached 50% wind energy integration by the end of 2019. [ read more … ]


In Crucial Pennsylvania, Democrats Worry a Fracking Ban Could Sink Them

By Lisa Friedman and Shane Goldmacher, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-01-28 14:30:50

hough they are both Democrats, John Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor, and Bill Peduto, this city’s mayor, have their differences on the environment. Mr. Fetterman, who toppled an incumbent Democrat in 2018 from the left, nevertheless calls Pennsylvania “the Saudi Arabia of natural gas” and sees extracting and taxing gas as critical to the state’s economy and the “union way of life.” Mr. Peduto lobbied unsuccessfully against a local petrochemical plant and is steering his once-struggling steel town to be independent of fossil fuels within 15 years. [ read more … ]


Forward Clean Energy Markets: A new solution to state-RTO conflicts

By Sam Newell, Kathleen Spees and Johannes Pfeifenberger, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-01-28 14:30:24

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s recent order on PJM’s Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR) will subject state-mandated or state-supported nuclear and renewable generation resources to offer-price floors in the PJM capacity auctions. This may prevent them from clearing in the auctions and being paid for the capacity value they provide. It will increase the cost of clean-energy resources, hinder the industry’s transformation to clean energy, and result in PJM committing more resources than what is needed for reliability, incurring unnecessary costs. [ read more … ]

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