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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 31, 2020

Today’s Wind & Solar Energy News will not publish during the week of February 3.  It resumes on Monday, February 10, 2020.

Top Story

Microsoft Strives for a Carbon-Free Future. A Setback in Fargo Shows the Hard Reality.

By Russell Gold, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2020-01-30 15:29:13

Hours after Microsoft Corp. MSFT 2.14% pledged to eliminate its carbon emissions within a decade earlier this month, the company was forced to fire up fossil fuel generators to power its corporate campus in Fargo, N.D. The software giant ran the diesel-burning machines for about five hours to keep the lights and heat on for 1,600 employees. It is one of about 100 big companies in the Fargo region ordered to do so by the local electric cooperative, which faced high demand for power. Microsoft receives a significant discount on its electricity rates in exchange for using backup power a few times a year.
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Wind Energy

Texas and Iowa Installed More Wind Turbines Than Ever Last Year

By Chris Martin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-01-30 15:28:25

The top two U.S. states for wind power installed their most turbines ever last year, helping push up nationwide capacity growth to a seven-year high as tax benefits sent developers rushing projects into service. Texas added almost 4 gigawatts and Iowa installed 1.7 gigawatts, expanding their lead in wind power capacity, according to a report from the American Wind Energy Association released Wednesday. That helped boost total U.S. installations to 9.1 gigawatts last year, the most since the expiration of federal tax credits triggered a building boom in 2012. [ read more … ]

Climate

Coal state Republican proposes clean energy electricity mandate

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2020-01-30 15:28:51

 Rep. David McKinley of West Virginia plans to introduce a bipartisan bill that would impose a clean electricity mandate, becoming the first Republican in recent memory to endorse a mandate for non-emitting power. McKinley revealed a few details on his plan in an op-ed in the USA Today with his co-sponsor, Rep. Kurt Schrader, a centrist Democrat from Oregon. The duo plan to formally introduce legislation in the coming weeks. [ read more … ]

If the U.S. doesn’t change course, carbon emissions will rise again in the 2030s

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2020-01-30 15:27:38

Absent any major policy shift in this decade, the amount of carbon dioxide the United States adds to the atmosphere each year is projected to begin rising by the 2030s, according to a new government report.  That’s sobering news: It means the United States will be nowhere near where climate scientists say it needs to be to reduce its contributions to climate change and help forestall the most dangerous global warming.
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Renewable energy predicted to surpass natural gas in US by 2045

By Joseph Guzman, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2020-01-30 15:29:47

Renewable energy sources such as wind and solar are forecast to surpass nuclear, coal and natural gas sources as the leading source of power generation in the United States after 2045, according to the latest projections from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). In the agency’s Annual Energy Outlook 2020 released Wednesday, EIA predicts renewables will account for 38 percent of electricity after 2045, an increase from 19 percent currently, while natural gas will see a drop from 37 percent to 36 percent over the decades.  [ read more … ]

EVs

Los Angeles commits to 100% electric sanitation fleet by 2035. Other cities aren’t ready to follow

By E.A. Crunden, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-01-30 15:27:56

The Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation (LASAN) committed last week to transitioning to a zero-emissions fleet by 2035, a major goal for the country’s second-biggest city. Director Enrique Zaldivar made the announcement during a panel discussion and said the county had an opportunity to be “an enabler and an accelerator.”  The commitment makes Los Angeles the first major city to pledge a full transition of its refuse fleet to 100% electric, with all collection truck procurement set to be fully electric within the next two years. LASAN’s current fleet service life has a range of seven to 10 years and the first round of all-electric procurement would target up to 10% of the fleet, the department said. The city’s website indicates LASAN currently has more than 750 vehicles in total.  [ read more … ]

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