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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

July 28, 2020

Top Story

Trump makes two FERC nominations, potentially rebalancing commission

BY REBECCA BEITSCH, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2020-07-28 04:18:04

President Trump made two nominations to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Monday, bowing to pressure from Democratic lawmakers who have pushed to maintain the bipartisan split in the commission. Trump nominated Allison Clements, Democrats’ preferred nominee, alongside Mark C. Christie, who currently serves as chairman of Virginia State Corporation Commission. If confirmed, the two would regulate electricity and natural gas markets alongside other major energy projects.  [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

World’s biggest renewable developer plans 1st hydrogen plant

By Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-07-27 15:36:56

Florida’s largest electric utility has proposed a hydrogen pilot project that executives said will further its goal of becoming a zero-emissions company. Florida Power & Light Co.’s $65 million project would produce green hydrogen from solar power by using a 20-megawatt electrolysis system. For FPL’s parent company, NextEra Energy Inc., the technology could offer a way to capitalize on its status as the world’s largest renewable energy developer. [ read more … ]

Grid

U.K. Grid Planning for 30 Million Electric Cars by 2040

By Rachel Morison, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-07-27 15:37:24

The number of electric cars on Britain’s roads will jump to 30 million in the next 20 years, helped by government policies to phase out the sale of polluting cars. The nation’s goal of reaching net-zero emissions by mid-century is looking more achievable under three out of four scenarios modeled by network operator National Grid Plc’s Electricity System Operator unit in a report published Monday. Electric vehicles are one key piece as are heat pumps to replace gas boilers. [ read more … ]

Campaign 2020

Biden plots $2tn green revolution but faces wind and solar backlash

By Oliver Milman, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2020-07-27 15:35:11

Joe Biden’s $2tn plan to eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions from the US electricity grid within 15 years has been applauded by climate campaigners, but the enormous overhaul will have to pick its way through a minefield of community as well as lobbyist opposition. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has touted millions of new jobs in a clean energy economy where electric vehicles, retrofitted buildings and renewable power generation help phase out emissions from fossil fuels. A Biden presidency would aim to spur tens of thousands of new wind turbines and millions of new solar panels across the US to rapidly scale up zero-carbon energy. [ read more … ]

Off Topic

Hope outlasts prosperity in town flattened by oil bust

By Erika Bolstad, special to E&E News  •    •  Posted 2020-07-27 15:36:18

Even for a pandemic, Main Street is quiet, maybe the quietest it’s been during the decade of furious construction that built western North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields into the second largest oil-producing region in the nation. In recent years, Watford City added hundreds of new apartments, a new high school and elementary school, a hospital, a law enforcement center, a sewer plant, a highway bypass, and even a community-built nonprofit day care. And, of course, an $83 million event center on a hill east of town, financed in part with a penny sales tax and an aggressive monthly repayment schedule that had many here nervous as oil prices began collapsing this spring and as the pandemic kept people from stores. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Midwest needs clarity, consistency from national actions

By Steve Warnstadt, Sioux City Journal  •    •  Posted 2020-07-27 15:35:45

We are more interconnected than what we think. That fact is evidenced by the coronavirus, but in other ways as well. An often-overlooked connection is that between the rural and urban economy and how they are impacted by national policies. Wind energy is one example. Right now, 42 percent of electricity in Iowa is generated by wind. That is the largest amount of any state in the country.
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