Please add the Governors' Wind Energy Coalition to your address book for uninterrupted delivery
View this email in a web browser.
Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 28, 2014

Governors to Work with the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission

Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition  •    •  Posted 2014-02-28 07:11:45

In a meeting on Friday, February 21, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, and Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber — the chairman, vice chairman and past chairman of the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition — and Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioners, discussed a wide range of topics, including transmission development, grid modernization, regional cooperation, coordinated regional operations, and ways in which the Commissioners and the governors can work together to promote the more rapid deployment of wind energy in the United States. [ read more … ]

Steyer calls for connecting climate to people and commerce as key to congressional action

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-28 07:00:55

Getting American businesses to support action on climate change is the key to prompting congressional movement, financial investor turned billionaire activist Tom Steyer told a group here yesterday. Businesses need to see how not acting on climate will affect their bottom line, Steyer said as he spoke at the Climate Leadership Conference. As well, he said, there are opportunities to make money by developing technological and other solutions to climate-related problems. [ read more … ]

Wisconsin Legislative Dems propose renewable energy ramp-up to 30% by 2030

By Thomas Content, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  •    •  Posted 2014-02-28 07:01:12

Saying the state needs a long-term energy plan, Democrats in the state Legislature are proposing to expand utilities’ use of renewable energy to supply power to their customers. The bill being unveiled this week would increase the state’s renewable energy target to 30% by 2030. Wisconsin utilities have already complied with the 2015 mandate, which requires that 10% of the state’s electricity come from renewable sources that year. [ read more … ]

Offshore wind leaders heartened by natural gas price spike in Northeast

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-28 07:01:36

In a panel discussion held here yesterday, high natural gas costs spurred by the Northeast’s frigid winter emerged as a point of hope for the kingpins of the offshore wind energy industry. Jim Gordon, president of the long-delayed Cape Wind project and a former natural gas developer himself, opened his remarks at the Offshore Wind Power USA conference noting that the price of natural gas in New England that morning was $29.75 per million British thermal units, while the price of electricity was $237 per megawatt-hour. “Contrast that to Cape Wind’s power. If it was up and running today, [it] would be $190 per megawatt-hour,” Gordon said. [ read more … ]

Cape Wind wins approval for $600M loan

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-28 07:01:57

The proposed Cape Wind offshore wind farm in Massachusetts’ Nantucket Sound moved another step toward realization yesterday, announcing that it has received approval for a significant chunk of financial backing needed for construction of the project, which is estimated at $2.6 billion. In a speech to Offshore Wind Power USA conference attendees, Cape Wind President Jim Gordon yesterday said the initiative has received a $600 million loan from EKF, Denmark’s official export credit agency. [ read more … ]

Oregon Senate panel clears bill to revamp state’s clean energy mandate

Special to E&E  •    •  Posted 2014-02-28 07:02:15

A bill revamping Oregon’s renewable energy mandates — and protecting them from a potentially devastating ballot measure — passed unanimously through the state Senate’s Business and Transportation Committee on Tuesday despite criticism from independent utilities and other opponents. Oregon’s renewable energy mandates require large utilities to draw 25 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2025 with a lower percentage required for smaller utilities. But the mandates came under fire recently from smaller utilities worried they would get forced out, lacking the funds to build the renewable power sources necessary to satisfy the mandate. [ read more … ]

ELPC’s Learner discusses challenges to expanding transmission for renewable energy sources

Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted 2014-02-28 07:02:50

This week, the Supreme Court declined to review the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of a cost allocation system for new transmission lines for renewable sources in the Midwest. How will this move by the court influence the debate over cost allocation in Midwestern states? During today’s OnPoint, Howard Learner, executive director of the Environmental Law and Policy Center, discusses challenges to modernizing the nation’s transmission system and talks about Midwestern states’ varied approaches to addressing distributed generation and net metering. [ read more … ]

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