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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 7, 2020

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Pelosi steps back on infrastructure push as renewable industry vies for a

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-04-06 15:39:16

On Friday, she shifted her tone, saying instead the package should focus again on relief, and take a similar approach to the most recent Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that President Donald Trump signed into law March 27. “The acceleration of the coronavirus demands that we double down on the down payment we made in CARES by passing a CARES 2 package,” Pelosi said in a statement. “It is imperative that we go bigger and further assisting small business, to go longer in unemployment benefits and provide additional resources to process [unemployment insurance] claims and to give families additional direct payments.” [ read more … ]

Stimulus priorities shift as pandemic worsens

By Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-04-06 15:44:37

“While I’m very much in favor of doing some of the things that we need to do to meet the needs — clean water, more broadband and the rest of that — that may have to be for a bill beyond this,” Pelosi said. The shift in tone in recent days suggests the next stimulus will revive the controversies of the first three COVID-19 emergency bills, including individual direct payments, unemployment benefits, more funds for health care and medical supplies, and oversight of the just-enacted $2 trillion package — the largest in U.S. history.
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Trump’s oil meeting: The aftermath, details and drama

By Lesley Clark, Mike Lee and Heather Richards, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2020-04-06 15:41:51

President Trump, who met last week at the White House with oil company executives and lawmakers, said over the weekend he’d wield tariffs if needed to protect the oil industry, which is reeling from a global glut in supply. “If I have to do tariffs on oil coming from outside, or if I have to do something to protect thousands and tens of thousands of energy workers and our great companies that produce all these jobs, I’ll do whatever I have to do,” Trump said at a Saturday White House briefing, warning that low prices “are going to hurt a lot of jobs.” [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Kansas Justices Strike Down Electricity Rate Hikes on Green Energy Producers

By JON PARTON, Courthouse News  •    •  Posted 2020-04-06 15:38:58

Reversing a state appeals court, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday that utilities cannot charge higher rates for customers who partially produce their own energy via solar or wind power. In a 14-page opinion by Justice Caleb Stegall, the state’s high court found rate increases by Westar Energy, now Evergy, and Kansas Gas and Electric for customers who use solar and wind energy violates the state’s anti-price discrimination law.“By its plain text, [the state law] clearly prohibits the utilities from price discrimination against [customers who generate their own power], something the utilities admit they are trying to do,” Stegall wrote. [ read more … ]


‘Ground to a halt.’ State closures put clean energy on ice

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-04-06 15:41:14

From Denver to Des Moines, the novel coronavirus pandemic has state legislatures on pause as they grapple with a growing public health crisis and heed social distancing warnings. Interruptions have left state budgets unfinished and other policy priorities in limbo. In some instances, they include proposals to accelerate the transition to cleaner energy and help remake the grid. [ read more … ]


Tesla’s 1Q car sales surged before pandemic shut things down

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2020-04-06 15:40:42

Tesla’s sales of its increasingly popular electric cars got off to fast start this year, even though the company had to slam the brakes along with other major automakers last month because of worldwide efforts to contain the worst pandemic in a century.
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Car Rule

Minnesota delays clean cars rulemaking over virus

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-04-06 15:39:59

Minnesota regulators are slowing a rulemaking that would have had the state adopt California’s stringent auto emissions standards because of the coronavirus pandemic. The state had planned to publish a proposed rule last month and begin taking public comment, but now “has determined that timeline is no longer appropriate and is delaying publication of the rule temporarily.” [ read more … ]

Environmental group presses car companies on rollback

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-04-06 15:40:25

The activist organization Environmental Working Group published an open letter today to the CEOs of three automakers that have backed the Trump administration’s rollback Obama-era vehicle fuel economy standards. The letter, addressed to the top executives at General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Toyota, poses a series of questions. [ read more … ]

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