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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 3, 2020

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The Climate Gap Between Republican Voters and Republican Lawmakers

By Leslie Kaufman, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-03-02 15:35:50

Oregon was set to adopt a market mechanism for pricing carbon-dioxide pollution, joining 11 other states that use cap-and-trade laws to combat climate change. Then last week a group of Republican lawmakers fled the state capitol, denying Democrats the quorum necessary to vote on the issue. It was the second time in a year that Republicans left town rather than risk losing the battle over carbon pricing. “The vast majority of Oregonians I’ve heard from are saying the cap-and-trade measures will do more harm than good,” one state senator, Kim Thatcher, said in a statement. [ read more … ]

A Trump Insider Embeds Climate Denial in Scientific Research

By Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-03-02 15:37:26

An official at the Interior Department embarked on a campaign that has inserted misleading language about climate change — including debunked claims that increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is beneficial — into the agency’s scientific reports, according to documents reviewed by The New York Times. The misleading language appears in at least nine reports, including environmental studies and impact statements on major watersheds in the American West that could be used to justify allocating increasingly scarce water to farmers at the expense of wildlife conservation and fisheries. [ read more … ]

Energy Bill

Senate prepares to vote on big energy bill this week

By Steven Mufson and Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2020-03-02 15:36:36

The Senate is preparing to vote this week on a major piece of legislation designed to move the country toward using cleaner sources of energy. The sprawling bill binds together about 50 energy-related proposals and would touch nearly every part of the nation’s energy sector. But critics are already calling the package a hodgepodge of modest steps at a time when the planet is careening toward dangerous levels of warming and more ambitious legislation is needed to wean the world’s biggest economy off polluting fossil fuels.
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Dems to push climate amendments

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-03-02 15:36:59

 Senate Democrats are expected to push amendments to the energy bill that address climate change, a Senate Democratic aide told ME. The amendments include language left out of the bill to strengthen national model building codes that’s from an energy efficiency package put forward by Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Developer to open hub to grow U.S. offshore wind industry

By Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2020-03-02 15:38:24

An offshore wind developer is opening a hub in Providence that its executives hope will help accelerate the takeoff of the industry in the United States. Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind, a division of the Denmark-based Ørsted, will launch its U.S. innovation hub in Providence today. Ørsted employees will meet at the hub with U.S.-based startups and small companies to discuss early-stage technologies to address issues the industry faces. [ read more … ]

Trump says turbines are ‘rotting.’ Is that true?

By Parker M. Shea, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-03-02 15:38:42

President Trump recently said that wind turbines are “rotting” and suggested they are abandoned when “rusty,” raising questions about the waste generated by the industry. “And they don’t say this, but after a period of time, they get tired, they get old, they get rusty, and a lot of guys say hey, their useful life is gone, let’s get the hell out of here,” Trump said about wind turbines in a rally in Colorado Springs, Colo., in late February. [ read more … ]

How did wind power just become America’s biggest renewable energy?

Video by Greg Hudson, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2020-03-02 15:39:04

With all of that capacity in the ground wind projects were able to deliver 7.2 percent of the nation’s electricity in 2019. That means U.S. wind farms can power over 32 million homes from close to 60,000 wind turbines spinning across 41 states. The industry is proud to provide consumers with clean, affordable power that keeps utility costs stable and avoids carbon emissions contributing to climate change.” [ read more … ]

Clean Fuel Standard

In Midwest, ethanol and electric vehicle advocates join forces on clean fuel plan

By Frank Jossi, Energy News Network  •    •  Posted 2020-03-02 15:37:58

More than two dozen organizations have been meeting for nearly two years in Minnesota to work on a “technology-neutral” policy proposal aimed at decarbonizing transportation, which has surpassed electricity production as the state’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. The group includes ethanol companies, agriculture associations, conservation groups, gas and electric utilities, and clean energy advocates, including some that have been skeptical about ethanol’s environmental qualities.  [ read more … ]


A 2040 vision for the US power industry: Evaluating two decarbonization scenarios

By McKinsey & Company  •    •  Posted 2020-03-02 15:39:43

This article focuses specifically on PJM, the country’s largest single power system4 in generation (Exhibit 1). By comparing its current emission trajectory with a hypothetical deep-decarbonization scenario, we show just how important PJM is to the effort to cut CO2 emissions in the United States. We also evaluate what PJM needs to do, and how much it could cost, to aggressively reduce emissions.
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