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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 22, 2020

Top Story

Climate Change Tied to Pregnancy Risks, Affecting Black Mothers Most

By Christopher Flavelle, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-06-21 04:26:31

Pregnant women exposed to high temperatures or air pollution are more likely to have children who are premature, underweight or stillborn, and African-American mothers and babies are harmed at a much higher rate than the population at large, according to sweeping new research examining more than 32 million births in the United States. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Interior’s offshore wind study: Winners, losers and Trump

By Heather Richards, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-06-21 04:26:53

“We do see a lot of good coming out of this,” said Laura Morton, the American Wind Energy Association’s policy chief for offshore, noting that a finding of impacts doesn’t make those impacts “unmanageable.” Yet a week after its publication, many observers report they are still digging into the more than 400-page document that determined the growing industry could have adverse effects on some fishermen, marine traffic and the Department of Defense. Anthony Logan, a wind analyst for Wood Mackenzie, said the analysis likely means some “less than palatable” conditions may be added as conditions of approval for offshore wind projects. [ read more … ]

GE will make taller wind turbines using 3D-printing

By Justine Calma, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-06-21 04:27:11

Taller turbines can capitalize on stronger winds at higher altitudes, and the structures support larger blades that generate more power. But building bigger turbines makes transporting the pieces needed to put it together a logistical nightmare. GE hopes to 3D print the base of a turbine wherever they want to place it, so that they won’t need to haul around such a gigantic hunk of concrete or steel. The company says its onshore turbines could reach up to 200 meters tall, which is taller than the Seattle Space Needle and more than double the average height for wind turbines in the US today. [ read more … ]

As They Reach Retirement Age, Wind Farms Become Prime Investments

By Nathaniel Bullard, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-06-21 04:27:55

The Mesa Wind project, built on federal land not far from Palm Springs, is one of the first major wind power projects in the U.S., and its 460 turbines have been whirring away on either side of Interstate 10 for almost four decades. Right now, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is considering a proposal to replace all the old turbines on the site. The issues under consideration are important, but the opportunities are even more important for energy’s future. [ read more … ]

Emissions

In 5 Countries, Overwhelming Majorities Want Cleaner Air, Poll Finds

By Somini Sengupta, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-06-21 04:27:39

The coronavirus lockdown has fed a common desire in some very different countries: the need for cleaner air and support for tougher government rules to get rid of pollution, according to an opinion poll made public on Wednesday. A survey of people in five countries — Britain, Bulgaria, India, Nigeria, and Poland — found significant support for stricter air quality regulations and enforcement of existing rules. The survey was carried out amid the pandemic, between May 22 and June 2, by the online polling service, YouGov, on behalf of an advocacy group called the Clean Air Fund. [ read more … ]

FERC

3 Years and $3 Trillion Could Shift the Climate Change Narrative

By Eric Roston, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-06-21 04:29:30

Plummeting carbon emissions and big government spending—two of the defining narratives of 2020 so far—could create an unprecedented opportunity for the world to meet the goals enshrined in the 2015 Paris climate change agreement, according to the International Energy Agency. With $1 trillion of investment over each of the next three years, global energy-related CO₂ emissions could end up falling in 2023 by 4.5 billion metric tons, or 14% of last year’s total. [ read more … ]

Climate

3 Years and $3 Trillion Could Shift the Climate Change Narrative

By Eric Roston, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-06-21 04:29:30

Plummeting carbon emissions and big government spending—two of the defining narratives of 2020 so far—could create an unprecedented opportunity for the world to meet the goals enshrined in the 2015 Paris climate change agreement, according to the International Energy Agency. With $1 trillion of investment over each of the next three years, global energy-related CO₂ emissions could end up falling in 2023 by 4.5 billion metric tons, or 14% of last year’s total. [ read more … ]

2020 Campaign

EPA Chief Spreads Trump’s Environmental Message in Swing States

By Stephen Lee, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-06-21 04:26:02

EPA head Andrew Wheeler’s ongoing tour of swing states could rouse enthusiasm among President Donald Trump’s supporters, though any effect on the November presidential election is likely to be small, political analysts say. Since late May, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency has visited Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin—all of which are likely battlegrounds in the November presidential election. [ read more … ]

 

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