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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

August 26, 2020

Top Story

Big Oil, meet Big Green

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-08-25 14:38:03

“Supermajor” has long been the term used to describe the world’s largest oil companies. Increasingly, it is coming to define the globe’s biggest producers of wind and solar power.
Large-scale renewable energy developers now boast valuations greater than the behemoths of the oil and gas industry. NextEra Energy Inc., a Florida-based power company and the world’s largest generator of wind and solar electricity, is now worth $138 billion. That’s more than the likes of Royal Dutch Shell PLC ($112 billion), BP PLC ($71 billion) and ConocoPhillips ($40.1 billion). [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Study: Black turbine blades reduced bird mortality by 72%

By Heather Richards and David Ferris, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2020-08-25 14:35:29

Painting one of a wind turbine’s three blades black led to a dramatic decline in bird mortality along the Norwegian coast, new research shows. Bird death from turbine collisions dropped by 71.9% where a turbine blade was black, compared with unpainted turbines at the same wind farm, according to findings published last month in the peer-reviewed journal Ecology and Evolution.
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Solar Energy

The Little-Known Clean Energy Revolution

By Akshat Rathi, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-08-25 14:37:30

Over the last decade, the number of people in the world without access to electricity has fallen drastically—from 1.4 billion in 2010 to about 900 million in 2018, according to the United Nations. And yet, if current trends persist, the world won’t be able to meet the UN’s sustainable development goal of universal access to electricity by 2030, with as  many as 600 million still lacking basic 21st century services.  [ read more … ]


Enviros sue Dem governor for slow-walking climate action

By Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-08-25 14:38:24

Colorado’s governor, who has been hailed as a promising advocate for state-level climate action, is now embroiled in a pair of lawsuits for not acting fast enough to reduce emissions.
Two environmental groups sued Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) in state court this summer, claiming that his administration reneged on its duties to set emissions rules by a legislatively mandated deadline. [ read more … ]

Clean Air Act

Trump EPA could undercut future Clean Air Act rules

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-08-25 14:36:51

EPA’s move this month to kill federal methane controls for oil and gas could do more than just make it easier for the greenhouse gas to enter the atmosphere. It could also make it harder for the agency to use the Clean Air Act to regulate in the future. That’s because EPA’s decision in mid-August to roll back Obama-era methane rules includes new guardrails on how EPA can use the Clean Air Act. [ read more … ]


Senate Democrats recommend trillions in climate investments

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-08-25 14:39:36

Senate Democrats today issued a 260-page climate report recommending trillions of dollars in investments and a wide-ranging federal effort to slash greenhouse gas emissions, a preview of the party’s priorities if it’s able to claw back control of government in November. To reach net-zero emissions by 2050, the report says, the country will need a plethora of new regulatory policies and federal spending on climate that amounts to at least 2% of gross domestic product annually — roughly $400 billion based on current GDP estimates. [ read more … ]

Climate Litigation

Judge reignites climate lawsuit

By Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-08-25 14:38:49

A federal judge last week rebooted Honolulu’s climate lawsuit against the oil and gas industry, saying he doubts the Supreme Court will take up a petition to halt similar challenges from California. Judge Derrick Watson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii on Friday restarted proceedings in a climate liability lawsuit brought by the city and county of Honolulu, one of multiple cases seeking financial compensation from major energy producers for local climate change impacts like sea-level rise and wildfires [ read more … ]


Report ranks states where EV trucks could dethrone diesel

By David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-08-25 14:35:54

A study released yesterday identified the states and regions where electric freight trucks are likely to first triumph over diesel vehicles. Weighing factors from terrain to pollution to the cost of electrons, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency says the most promising states include California; Washington; the Northeastern states of Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York; and Texas. [ read more … ]

Campaign 2020

Trump on renewable energy: ‘Hydro, I love’

By Lesley Clark and Hannah Northey, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2020-08-25 14:36:21

President Trump yesterday railed against Democrats for pushing cleaner forms of energy not ready for prime time, even as he declared hydropower “one of my all-time favorites.” “Hydro, I love, I have to tell you,” Trump mused before a small crowd of Republican delegates in Charlotte, N.C., as he kicked off what is expected to be a daily appearance at this week’s Republican National Convention. “That’s the great dams.” [ read more … ]

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