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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 8, 2020

Top Story

What caused California’s rolling blackouts? Climate change and poor planning

By Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2020-10-07 16:02:06

California suffered its first rolling blackouts in nearly 20 years because energy planners didn’t take climate change into account and didn’t line up the right power sources to keep the lights on after sundown, according to a damning self-evaluation released Tuesday by three state agencies. The rotating power outages didn’t last long and affected only a small fraction of the state’s 40 million people. Just under half a million homes and businesses lost power for as little as 15 minutes and as long as two and a half hours on Aug. 14, with another 321,000 utility customers going dark for anywhere from eight to 90 minutes the following evening. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

U.K. Government to invest millions in wind power, Johnson says

By Danica Kirka, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2020-10-07 16:04:47

In a speech to the annual Conservative Party conference, Johnson said the government would invest £160 million ($208 million) in ports and factories to support production of the next generation of wind turbines. That is a tiny fraction of what it will cost to reach his goal as the U.K. currently gets about one-sixth of its electricity from wind, or enough to power 18.1 million homes, according to statistics from RenewableUK, an industry association.
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Johnson’s wind energy plan needs $58B from industry

By William Mathis, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-10-07 16:05:10

Boris Johnson’s plan to quadruple the size of the U.K. offshore wind industry will require $58 billion of investment and careful management of what’s a tricky building process in some of the world’s roughest waters. The prime minister is targeting turbines with the capacity to produce 40 gigawatts of electricity by 2030, up from more than 10 gigawatts now. That would speed the nation’s shift away from fossil fuels and help it meet a goal of zeroing out carbon pollution by the middle of the century. [ read more … ]

States

Potential buyers could revive N.D.’s largest coal plant

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-10-07 16:03:06

A North Dakota official said two potential buyers have expressed interest in purchasing the state’s largest coal-fired power plant, Great River Energy’s Coal Creek Station, which is set to close in two years. John Weeda, director of the North Dakota Transmission Authority, told members of a legislative committee yesterday that buyers are interested in continuing to run the plant’s two coal units as well as an associated transmission line. Others are interested solely in the transmission line. [ read more … ]

Climate Change

Renewables, nuclear not compatible in cutting CO2 — study

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-10-07 16:04:05

When nations lean on nuclear plants as a source of electricity, they’re less likely to reduce carbon dioxide emissions — but more likely to “crowd out” renewables that could help decarbonize, according to a new study. Published in Nature Energy this week by energy and technology policy professors at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom, the study drew from 25 years of emissions and power production data from 123 countries, ending in 2014. [ read more … ]

Campaign 2020

Who’s Whispering in Joe Biden’s Ear About Climate Policy?

By Leslie Kaufman, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-10-07 16:01:41

Joe Biden has put forth the most ambitious climate plan of any presidential candidate in history—promising, among other things, to get the country to 100% clean electricity generation by 2035 and to invest $400 billion in clean energy innovation and technology over 10 years. That said, for climate activists, it’s not quite a dream come true. The plan was knitted together in consultation with representatives from various diverse corners of the economic, political, and climate advocacy worlds. While every part of this coalition is invested in the Democratic candidate’s vision, some want to see the country move more quickly toward renewables, while others think it’s more important to conserve and create jobs, and still others are more concerned with political feasibility than anything else. [ read more … ]

Trump’s illness amplifies Biden’s climate attacks

By Adam Aton, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-10-07 16:05:28

Joe Biden rolled into Miami this week with a clear message for the climate change hot spot. “Listen to the scientists,” the former vice president said in a speech attacking President Trump. He followed up a few hours later at a town hall, telling a South Florida audience: “Science matters. There’s overwhelming scientific consensus.” The Democratic presidential nominee’s message was about the coronavirus, not climate. But these days it can be hard to tell the difference. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.