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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 21, 2020

Top Story

Trump’s agriculture department announces 30% biofuel goal for 2050

By P.J. Huffstutter, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2020-02-20 14:27:07

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday announced a goal for biofuels to make up 30% of U.S. transportation fuels by 2050, a move that could bolster an industry that has been otherwise battered by the Trump administration. Refineries are currently required to blend 20.09 billion gallons of biofuel in 2020, about 10% of projected crude oil production, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Deal emerges to bring 1st offshore wind farms to Calif.

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-02-20 14:26:15

A tentative compromise is being floated by Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.) with backing from the military and federal and state agencies: Let developers produce wind power in central California waters that the military had once ruled incompatible with its own operations, in exchange for a moratorium on turbines in other nearby waters. Details of the compromise were described to E&E News by the congressman and Defense and state officials involved in negotiations. [ read more … ]

Google shuts down ‘moonshot’ wind unit once backed by DOE

By Carlos Anchondo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-02-20 14:27:23

Alphabet Inc. will no longer house a wind company once backed by the Department of Energy under its umbrella, marking the end of a seven-year journey at the Google parent company. Makani’s “wind kites” technology — which harnesses wind by sending power down a tether from high altitudes — has often been touted as a success story of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy at the Energy Department, which funded it in its early stages. Makani was acquired by Google in 2013 as part of its X lab, informally known as “the moonshot factory.” Makani later became a distinct unit within Alphabet. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Calif.’s solar mandate may not require panels on every roof

By Cuneyt Dil, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2020-02-20 14:26:46

When California finalized the nation’s first sweeping rooftop solar mandate for new construction last year, advocates pictured a utopia of all homes being built with solar panels, turning the clunky panels into the new norm to help the state achieve carbon neutrality. But those images of self-sustaining abodes may be dashed, supporters warn, if an electric utility in Sacramento wins a widely watched case today deciding how the new solar mandate will be interpreted. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Climate Change Rises as a Public Priority. But It’s More Partisan Than Ever.

By Nadja Popovich, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-02-20 14:27:49

Protecting the environment and tackling climate change have climbed up the list of Americans’ political priorities this year as economic concerns have faded, according to a new report from Pew Research Center. *The survey methodology changed in 2015 from asking about “global warming” to asking about “climate change.” Pew surveys the public on more than a dozen topics; this chart reflects selected priorities.·Source: Pew Research Center
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