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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 5, 2020

Top Story

Trump’s Best Shot at Saving Coal Is an Obscure Power Market

By Chris Martin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-03-04 15:07:58

In the past three months, regulators appointed by President Donald Trump have disrupted ambitious plans to combat climate change in electric grids serving 85 million people in the U.S., from Chicago to New York to Washington. It was easy: an agency just rewrote some obscure pricing rules. [ read more … ]

FERC

Manchin pledges to hold out for Democratic FERC pairing post-McNamee as Dems decry Danly nomination

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-03-04 15:10:13

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., attempted to assuage the concerns of his Democratic colleagues Tuesday, pledging to refuse a vote next time there’s a vacancy on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, unless the White House gives them a Democratic nominee. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 12-8 to confirm James Danly to FERC, giving the now-four person commission a 3-1 Republican majority. Commissioner Bernard McNamee announced in January he would not be seeking a second term on commission, meaning a new spot could be open as soon as June. [ read more … ]

Clean Fuel Standard

Gov. Jay Inslee’s low-carbon fuel standard faces tough road ahead in Washington state

By Hal Bernton, Seattle Times  •    •  Posted 2020-03-04 15:14:56

Gov. Jay Inslee’s campaign to clamp down on greenhouse gas emissions from the state’s transportation fuels, a high-profile goal throughout his two terms in office, faces a difficult road as the Washington state Legislature heads into the final two weeks of its session. Legislation passed by the House of Representatives calls for a 20% reduction of the carbon intensity of these fuels by 2035 over 2017.
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Energy Bill

Outlook grim for Democrats’ energy bill wish list

By Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-03-04 15:20:27

Senate Democrats are facing a number of procedural and substantive challenges in their efforts to add building codes, clean energy tax credits and a crackdown on superpolluting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) to the energy bill currently on the floor. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) vowed to push for all three policies at the outset of this week’s debate on the bipartisan energy bill assembled by Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and ranking member Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). [ read more … ]

2020

Why climate voters made Biden the front-runner

By Adam Aton, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-03-04 15:16:47

Joe Biden won state after state last night as voters emphasized the importance of climate change. That result flung the former vice president to the front in the bruising primary race and revealed his strength among voters who prioritize the environment. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) won an overwhelming number of younger voters, a key climate constituency, but finished slightly behind Biden among all voters who ranked their top issue as climate. [ read more … ]

EVs

GM challenges Tesla with ‘Ultium’ batteries and fleet of EVs

By Joseph White and Paul Lienert, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2020-03-04 15:23:31

General Motors Co Chief Executive Mary Barra said Wednesday the Detroit automaker will invest $20 billion by 2025 in electric and automated vehicles as it races to catch up with Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc as vehicles go electric. The previously undisclosed investment figure was part of detailed presentations Barra and other GM executives gave to reporters and investors, to show that GM can make the transition from an internal combustion world to a battery electric one. [ read more … ]

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