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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

May 1, 2020

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IEA: Coronavirus delivers “biggest shock” to energy system in 7 decades – Axios

By Ben Geman, Axios  •    •  Posted 2020-04-30 14:55:19

The COVID-19 pandemic is the “biggest shock to the global energy system in seven decades,” the International Energy Agency said Thursday in unveiling a report that estimates big drops in energy use and carbon emissions this year. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

5 Orsted US Offshore Wind Projects Face Possible Delay Due to COVID-19, Permitting Challenges

By Karl-Erik Stromsta, Greentech Media  •    •  Posted 2020-04-30 14:56:17

Five of Ørsted’s U.S. offshore wind projects totaling nearly 3 gigawatts may face delays due to the coronavirus crisis and slowed permitting, in a blow to U.S. ambitions to animate a thriving offshore wind industry over the next few years. Denmark’s Ørsted, the world’s top offshore wind developer, built a formidable early lead in the U.S. market, with projects stretching from New England down to Virginia, including two huge projects totaling nearly 2 gigawatts for New Jersey and New York. [ read more … ]

US brings live 1.8 GW of fresh wind in Q1, sets new construction record

By Renewables Now  •    •  Posted 2020-04-30 14:56:33

By state, Texas was the leader in terms of new capacity additions in the past quarter with 540 MW, followed by Iowa with 461 MW and Illinois with 308 MW. South Dakota and Michigan were also in the top-five with newly commissioned wind farms of 217 MW and 169 MW, respectively. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Competitive Enterprise Institute floors it on safe vehicle challenge

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-04-30 14:55:41

The publication of the SAFE Vehicles rule in today’s Federal Registermeans it’s open season in court for the auto emissions rollback. California and its allied states, as well as environmental and public health groups, are expected to file legal challenges over the next 60 days. But the first suit out of the gate may be from the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute. [ read more … ]


Biden tweaks his environmental campaign message amid coronavirus pandemic

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2020-04-30 14:55:57

Those higher pollution levels, said Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.), a physician and Biden backer, “provide for a toxic environment that puts people’s health at a disadvantage to confront the covid-19.” Citing the Harvard study, which has not been peer reviewed, Ruiz told reporters Wednesday in a call set up by the Biden campaign he was especially troubled by the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to reject stricter national standards for soot levels and to overhaul a mercury pollution rule for power plants. [ read more … ]

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