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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 24, 2020

Top Story

18 Senate Democrats call on Congress to include renewables in stalled stimulus package

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-03-23 15:08:30

The budding renewables industry is one of many sectors taking big hits — the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) estimates the novel coronavirus could threaten $35 billion in investments, $8 billion in rural community tax benefits, and over 35,000 jobs. And 30% of projects across the solar industry are seeing delays, according to Friday’s letter. Supply chain disruption is one of the biggest delays, with renewables projects facing months of equipment setbacks.  [ read more … ]

Progressives detail green stimulus

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-03-23 15:09:25

A collection of progressive policy wonks, many of whom advised presidential campaigns, are unveiling a set of proposals to wrap into an economic stimulus aimed at dealing with the coronavirus pandemic that would blunt a recession, confront climate change and address inequality. “This is an inflection point for our nation. This is a pivotal moment to put tens of millions of Americans back to work, building a healthy, clean, and just future,” the authors said. [ read more … ]

Coronavirus

Utilities beginning to see the load impacts of COVID-19 as economic shutdown widens

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-03-23 15:10:11

It has been less than a week since states and major cities began instituting quarantines along with stay-home and shelter-in-place directives to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The full impacts on electricity usage are not yet known, but grid operators say demand is both shifting and falling. Data from overseas may give an indication of just how steep the declines could become. [ read more … ]

States

Massachusetts Set to Launch Clean Peak Standard, Opening New Chapter in Grid’s Evolution

By Julian Spector, Green Tech Media  •    •  Posted 2020-03-23 15:09:41

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration has finalized a major rule for promoting clean energy during the most expensive hours of electricity production. On Friday, the state’s Department of Energy Resources filed its Clean Peak Standard regulations with the appropriate committees at the state legislature, kicking off a 30-day review period. It is expected to take effect in June. [ read more … ]

FERC

PJM’s Compliance Plan Doesn’t End FERC Order’s Threat to Renewables, Experts Say

By Jeff St.John, Green Tech Media  •    •  Posted 2020-03-23 15:08:52

Mid-Atlantic grid operator PJM has submitted a plan that wind and solar industry groups say might shield them from the most harmful effects of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order that has upended the country’s biggest capacity market. That doesn’t mean, however, that renewable energy groups and states pursuing clean energy policies now support the broader changes that FERC’s December order has forced on PJM, including the controversial minimum offer price rule (MOPR). [ read more … ]

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