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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 14, 2020

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How Rick Perry bucked Congress’s clean energy mandate

By James Osborne, Houston Chronicle  •    •  Posted 2020-04-13 15:04:07

As energy secretary, Rick Perry regularly told lawmakers that he favored an all-encompassing energy policy that supported wind and solar as well as fossil fuels. But during his nearly three-year tenure, the Energy Department repeatedly hamstrung bipartisan efforts to boost spending on clean energy technology.
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Air Pollution

Higher air pollution linked to coronavirus deaths, Harvard study finds

By Chris Teale, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-04-13 15:05:41

Areas in the United States that had high levels of air pollution before the outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) are more likely to see patients die from the infection during its spread, according to a new report from Harvard University. Researchers at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health analyzed 3,080 counties in the United States and found that an increase of just 1 microgram per cubic meter of fine particulate matter (air pollution also known as PM 2.5) led to a 15% increase in death rates, even when factoring in smoking, the weather and population density.  [ read more … ]

EPA soot review departs OMB

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-04-13 15:05:59

The White House on Friday finished its review of EPA’s particulate matter proposal, according to OMB’s website (Reg. 2060-AS50 ). Administrator Andrew Wheeler is broadly expected to propose maintaining the fine PM, or PM2.5, standard last set in 2013 of 12 micrograms per cubic meter. Wheeler hopes to complete this review by the end of this year. [ read more … ]

Pandemic Relief

Congressional stalemate deepens as Pelosi, Schumer say they won’t budge on coronavirus funding demands

By Erica Werner, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2020-04-14 04:22:15

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Monday that they won’t agree to the Trump administration’s insistence on more money for small business loans unless their demands are met for additional funding for hospitals, state and local governments and food stamp recipients. The Democratic leaders also rejected suggestions from President Trump that the country could reopen quickly, saying “there is still not enough testing available to realistically allow that to happen.” [ read more … ]

Clean Air

Kansas ruling against Evergy’s rooftop solar demand charges could have wider impacts, advocates say

By John Funk, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-04-13 15:06:25

A recent ruling by the Kansas Supreme Court reversing the Kansas Corporation Commission’s approval of a higher residential rate for customers with home solar could have an impact in other states where environmental advocates oppose utilities’ assertion that owners of large arrays become “free riders,” whose monthly bills do not pay for the cost of the distribution lines.
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The coronavirus clean energy crisis

By Mike Carr, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2020-04-13 15:05:11

The novel coronavirus pandemic could not have come at a worse time for America’s clean energy industry. After overcoming years of attacks by the Trump administration, the resultant loss of demand is threatening to decimate key companies and technologies, and it seems we will have to wait for President Trump to get out of office to solve the rippling effects of the crisis. [ read more … ]

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