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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 9, 2020

Top Story

The clean energy push

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-06-08 14:49:21

The clean energy industry is increasingly leaning on Democratic allies in Congress to deliver assistance after previous proposals to help the struggling sector have fallen through. And now rank-and-file Democrats who had been urging leadership behind closed doors to act are making their calls in public. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

A New Weapon Against Climate Change May Float

By Stanley Reed, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-06-08 14:47:30

The idea is to try to stake out a vast new area of the oceans for the wind power industry. Generating electricity from wind began on land, but developers, led by Orsted of Denmark, started venturing into the sea in the early 1990s as they sought wide-open spaces and to escape the objections of neighbors to having a twirling monster next door. Three decades later, offshore is now the fastest-growing segment of the wind business, but marine wind farms have been limited to water shallow enough to allow turbines to sit on piles or other supports on the sea bottom. About 200 feet in depth is the outer limit for such devices, people in the industry say. [ read more … ]


US states weigh exit from power market in clean-energy dispute

By Financial Times  •    •  Posted 2020-06-08 14:47:49

Three US states are weighing secession from a portion of the largest US power market, concerned that a new federal policy will counteract efforts to use cleaner energy.  New Jersey, Maryland and Illinois are examining an exit after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission handed down an order that critics say favours fossil fuels over renewables. The biggest utility in Virginia has also said it is preserving the option if necessary. The moves are part of a widening schism between the US government and states over climate change. President Donald Trump has pledged to abandon the Paris climate accord and shredded the anti-coal federal Clean Power Plan.  [ read more … ]

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A Million-Mile Battery From China Could Power Your Electric Car

By Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2020-06-08 14:46:45

The Chinese behemoth that makes electric-car batteries for Tesla Inc. and Volkswagen AG developed a power pack that lasts more than a million miles — an industry landmark and a potential boon for automakers trying to sway drivers to their EV models. Extending that lifespan is viewed as a key advance because the pack could be reused in a second vehicle. That would lower the expense of owning an electric vehicle, a positive for an industry that’s seeking to recover sales momentum lost to the coronavirus outbreak and the slumping oil prices that made gas guzzlers more competiti [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Civil rights leaders call for more diverse oil and gas industry

By Amy Harder, Axios  •    •  Posted 2020-06-08 14:47:10

America’s leading civil rights leaders are calling on the oil and gas industry — dominated by white men — to hire more women and people of color. Why it matters: The effort, led by Rev. Jesse Jackson and National Urban League President Marc Morial, has been underway for weeks, though the topic has taken on a new urgency in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd [ read more … ]

Budding Midwest marijuana industry could send energy use sky-high

By Stephanie Manuzak, Yale Climate Connections  •    •  Posted 2020-06-08 14:48:28

Recreational marijuana recently became legal in Illinois and Michigan. But for cannabis plants to thrive year-round in the Midwest, they must be grown indoors. So as the industry expands, its energy use could easily get, well, pretty high. “Lighting is one of the largest energy uses of an indoor cultivation facility, followed closely by heating and cooling and then dehumidification,” says Molly Graham of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. [ read more … ]

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