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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 30, 2020

Top Story

Virginia Governor signs offshore wind legislation, setting goals for clean energy production

By 13NewsNow Staff  •    •  Posted 2020-06-29 15:22:53

Monday morning, just ahead of a tour of the completed construction of some pilot offshore wind turbines, Governor Ralph Northam signed into law a 5,200 megawatt goal for wind energy in Virginia. The legislation aims to produce that much renewable energy by 2034. [ read more … ]

Renewable Energy Markets

Renewables dominate new generating capacity

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-06-29 15:25:03

 In a new DataPoint graphic, Pro’s Patterson Clark shows how utility-scale electric generating capacity from renewable sources — mostly onshore wind and solar photovoltaic — is on track to far surpass new fossil fuel capacity for 2020, according to data from the Energy Information Administration.  [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Automakers Split in Fight Over Trump’s Fuel Economy Rules

By Ryan Beene and Malathi Nayak, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-06-29 15:23:40

Four automakers backing a California effort to curb tailpipe emissions will break with some big rivals in the legal battle over the Trump administration’s relaxation of fuel efficiency standards. Ford Motor Co., Honda Motor Co., Volkswagen AG and BMW AG will file a joint motion on Monday with a Washington, D.C., appeals court to get involved in litigation challenging the Trump administration’s March rule that weakened future U.S. fuel efficiency and emissions standards for vehicles, according to Ford. [ read more … ]


House Democrats Will Call for 100% Clean Cars by 2035

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-06-29 15:23:15

The more than 500-page plan, from the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis convened by Pelosi and chaired by Representative Kathy Castor of Florida, seeks to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and calls for achieving 100% clean vehicles by 2035, according to people familiar with the details. It also demands an extension of a lucrative tax credit that’s successfully boosted the use of solar power, the people said. [ read more … ]

Off Topic

California’s clean energy programs are mainly benefiting the rich, study finds

By Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2020-06-29 15:24:05

Led by Eric Fournier, research director at UCLA’s California Center for Sustainable Communities, the team analyzed energy use data for every ZIP Code in Los Angeles County, home to more than 10 million people. They found that people living in areas more likely to be “disadvantaged communities” — defined by state officials as having high levels of unemployment, poverty, pollution and/or health conditions such as heart disease and asthma — use half as much energy, on average, as people in wealthier areas. [ read more … ]

Saharan dust plume slams U.S., kicks up climate questions

By Chelsea Harvey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-06-29 15:24:52

An enormous dust cloud has finally hit the United States, after journeying 5,000 miles from the Sahara Desert across the Atlantic Ocean. The plume darkened the skies in Puerto Rico earlier this week, causing some of the highest atmospheric aerosol concentrations the island had ever seen. By yesterday morning, the cloud had begun to creep over the Gulf Coast. Meteorologists say the hazy skies could last into the weekend. For the time being, it’s unclear whether this particular event is a “meteorological anomaly,” Prospero said, or whether it could be a glimpse into the effects of continued warming. [ read more … ]


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