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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 28, 2020

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McConnell sets vote on bipartisan energy package

By Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-02-27 15:31:42

The Senate is expected to kick off debate next week on a broad bipartisan energy package intended to boost research and development into an assortment of innovative energy technologies. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) took steps this afternoon to bring up the bill, dubbed the “American Energy Innovation Act.” “We’re gonna hopefully have it teed up so we go to it Monday,” said Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) this afternoon. [ read more … ]

Senate to Take Up Bill Boosting Climate R&D, Avoid Mandates

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-02-27 15:23:12

Legislation that could get a U.S. Senate vote as soon as next week aims to boost energy storage technology as well as nuclear and renewable power — but avoids more aggressive steps to fight climate change sought by Democrats. The bill, unveiled Thursday by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski, represents the latest Republican approach of promoting clean energy while steering clear of mandates to cut emissions of climate-warming gases or stop fossil fuel development on public lands. [ read more … ]

U.S. senators unveil bill to support renewable and nuclear power, efficiency

By Timothy Gardner, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2020-02-27 15:22:20

The top two senators on the U.S. Senate energy committee unveiled a bipartisan energy legislation package on Thursday that would support renewable energy, efficiency measures and nuclear power, and aides said it should move quickly to a vote in the chamber. The American Energy Innovation Act compiles more than 50 bills that were considered by the Senate Energy Committee over the last year. Before becoming law, it would have to be passed by the Senate and House of Representatives and signed by President Donald Trump. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Wind becomes top U.S. renewable source for first time

By Parker M. Shea, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-02-27 15:25:09

U.S. wind energy generation passed hydropower generation for the first time in 2019, making it the most used renewable energy source in the country, according to a report yesterday from the Energy Information Administration. Annual U.S. wind generation reached about 300 million megawatt-hours last year, about 26 million MWh more than what was produced by hydroelectricity, EIA said. Wind capacity added 10 gigawatts in 2019, its second-biggest growth year.
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Solar Energy

Montana Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over Solar Power Cost

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2020-02-27 15:25:34

The Montana Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday over how the Public Service Commission should set the rates NorthWestern Energy has to pay for power it’s required to buy from small solar projects. The commission set rates in 2017 that would-be developers said would hurt the economic feasibility of small solar projects. The developers went to court, arguing the rates violated the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act. [ read more … ]

Tesla’s solar future under scrutiny after Panasonic split

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-02-27 15:23:53

Panasonic announced this week that it would end its solar partnership with Tesla, raising new questions about the auto giant’s renewable business. Tesla Inc. is in the midst of a reboot of its struggling solar operations, having recently unveiled a new iteration of its solar roof — a series of power-generating glass tiles that resemble regular house shingles. [ read more … ]

EVs

2 reports highlight why U.S. lags on EVs

By David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-02-27 15:23:30

America’s confused policies on clean transportation are a chief reason why the country is selling a meager number of electric vehicles and missing out on billions of investment dollars compared with China and Europe, according to new research. Last year’s sales figures provide a striking example. Sales of passenger EVs in the European Union and the United Kingdom rose by 54% as the European Union geared up for strict new emissions standards, according to a new study by S&P Global Platts Analytics. Meanwhile, an ongoing emissions battle between California and the Trump administration contributed to American EV sales dropping by 9%. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Democrats: GOP climate walkout is stalling key bills in Oregon

By Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2020-02-27 15:26:15

Democrats in Oregon tried yesterday to pressure boycotting Republican lawmakers to come back to the Statehouse by emphasizing bills that would help their constituents, but GOP senators stayed away for a third day to block a bill on climate change they say should go before voters. “I wish the Republicans would understand the importance of their being here,” Senate President Peter Courtney said at the podium as he surveyed many empty desks. [ read more … ]

Dems roll out sweeping environmental justice bill

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-02-27 15:26:37

House Democrats this morning unveiled a long-awaited environmental justice bill, a novel collaborative effort between lawmakers and local groups that have long been ignored on Capitol Hill. Natural Resources Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) later today will lead introduction of the “Environmental Justice for All Act,” which would expand the National Environmental Policy Act and slap new fees on oil, gas and coal to fund communities transitioning away from fossil fuel economies. [ read more … ]

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