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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 28, 2013

2 Northwestern governors ask White House to weigh CO2 emissions from coal exports

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-03-28 12:05:05

The governors of Oregon and Washington are urging the Obama administration to consider greenhouse gas emissions when leasing and exporting coal from federal lands. In a joint letter to Nancy Sutley, chairwoman of the administration’s Council on Environmental Quality, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) urged the federal government to “examine the true costs of long-term commitments to supply coal from federal lands for energy production, whether that production occurs domestically or in Asia.” While the letter reaffirmed positions Kitzhaber took a year ago, when he raised similar concerns in a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of the Interior, it represents a stronger stance from Inslee, who had previously limited his voiced concerns to the localized impacts of transporting coal. [ read more … ]

Numbers From the War on State Renewables Standards

HERMAN K. TRABISH, Greentech Media  •    •  Posted 2013-03-28 12:05:31

At least twenty-two of the 29 state renewables standards have been attacked by legislators or regulators in the last year or are now under attack. Known as a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) or a Renewable Energy Standard (RES), these mandates require utilities to obtain a portion of their power from renewable sources by a certain date. Research shows they add less than 5 percent, on average, to the cost of electricity bills and are an effective driver of renewables growth. [ read more … ]

Is The Sky The Limit For Wind Power?

Christopher Joyce, NPR  •    •  Posted 2013-03-28 12:05:56

Wind power is growing faster than ever — almost half of the new sources of electricity added to the U.S. power grid last year were wind farms. But is the sky the limit? Several scientists now say it’s actually possible to have so many turbines that they start to lose power. They steal each other’s wind. [ read more … ]

Wind turbine installations will continue to expand, consulting firm says

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-03-28 12:06:15

Global wind energy installations surged 18.6 percent in 2012, bolstered by significant expansions of wind farms in North America and China as well as technological innovation that has allowed turbines to generate electricity in areas with lower wind speeds and colder climates. Those findings, from the latest “International Wind Energy Development: World Market Update” report by Navigant Consulting, underscore what industry leaders described earlier this year as a record-breaking 12 months for wind power in the United States, which saw 13,124 megawatts of new installations. [ read more … ]

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