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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

May 22, 2020

Today’s Wind & Solar Energy News will not publish on Memorial Day. It resumes on Tuesday, May 26.

Top Story

Oil companies drilling on federal land get break on royalties. Solar and wind firms get past-due rent bills.

By Will Englund and Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2020-05-21 15:22:21

The Trump administration is starting to reduce royalty payments and suspend leases for oil companies drilling on federal lands, citing the coronaviruspandemic, while at the same time imposing retroactive rent on wind and solar generators. The reported number of oil and gas wells affected by the relief and suspension policies is small, but critics of the policy say they believe far more applications are pending or will be submitted. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Portion of New England offshore wind could be curtailed by 2030: ISO

By Jared Anderson, S&P Global  •    •  Posted 2020-05-21 15:23:41

ISO New England analysis made public Wednesday estimated about 10% of the total 2030 offshore wind power portfolio connected into southeast Massachusetts and Rhode Island would be “spilled,” or curtailed, under certain assumptions due to transmission constraints and a glut of supply.  Transmission developer Anbaric requested ISO-NE perform a study reviewing the impact on energy market prices, air emissions and regional fuel security of three offshore wind power scenarios for target year 2030: 8,000 MW, 10,000 MW and 12,000 MW. [ read more … ]

DOE lab: Turbine power plunges when tax credits go away

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-05-21 15:15:36

Wind farms often produce less power when they age past the 10-year mark because the loss of federal tax credits halts maintenance — a finding that could shift policymakers’ plans for climate policy, according to a new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The research, published in the journal Joule last week, is the first comprehensive account of how wind turbines across the United States degrade over time, according to researchers. Wind made up close to 8% of the nation’s power last year, when it overtook hydropower as the largest generator of renewable electricity. [ read more … ]


Filing seeks PJM substitute

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO. Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-05-21 15:22:50

FERC’s Chatterjee is likely to face questions at today’s monthly meeting about a new regulatory filing in New Jersey from merchant generators seeking a work-around for the commission’s December decision to limit participation of renewable and nuclear energy in the PJM capacity market. [ read more … ]

Exelon, PSEG urge New Jersey to adopt FRR alternative to PJM, as competitive providers push for CASPR

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2020-05-21 15:23:08

Electric power groups are at odds with how New Jersey should mitigate the impacts of a controversial federal rule on its offshore wind market. Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) and Exelon urged New Jersey regulators in joint comments filed Wednesday to establish a single-zone fixed resource requirement (FRR) alternative, arguing that method is the best way to meet the state’s 100% clean energy goals. [ read more … ]


Coronavirus threatens ‘years of progress’ on climate issues

By Pan Pylas, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2020-05-21 15:20:21

The coronavirus pandemic threatens to derail any progress made in recent years to deal with the climate change crisis, organizers of the annual gathering of business and political elites in the Swiss ski resort of Davos said Tuesday. In a survey of industry professionals that reassesses the risks to the global outlook in light of the pandemic, the World Economic Forum said that “years of progress” on addressing climate change could be undone and that it is important for countries to make sure environmental issues are at the heart of recovery plans. [ read more … ]


5 takeaways from Wheeler’s Senate grilling

By Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-05-21 15:20:47

Democrats used yesterday’s hearing to shed more light on the industry players behind the Trump EPA’s rollbacks of various rules. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) asked a number of questions on whether Wheeler or EPA staff had met with Marathon Petroleum to discuss the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.