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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 11, 2014

15 GOP governors to Obama: Climate rule breaks the law

By┬áLaura Barron-Lopez, The Hill.com  •    •  Posted 2014-09-11 06:39:52

Fifteen GOP governors say President Obama’s signature climate change regulation on carbon pollution from existing power plants “exceeds the scope of federal law.” In a letter to Obama, the governors from states including North Carolina, Alaska, Arizona and Wisconsin said the rule, which requires the nation’s fleet of existing power plants to cut carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030, is an overreach of authority. [ read more … ]

Comment: Wind energy keeps costs low and improves reliability

By┬áMichael Goggin, AWEA  •    •  Posted 2014-09-11 06:40:18

Harvesting homegrown wind power improves our energy security and reliability by diversifying our energy mix and keeping energy costs low for consumers. For Americans to continue reaping these benefits, however, Congress must extend the renewable Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit as soon as possible. That will provide wind power with the critical policy stability Congress has provided to other energy sources for the last 100 years. [ read more … ]

Democrats, Republicans spar over ‘climate denier’ label during House hearing on EPA carbon rule

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-11 06:40:36

The hearing, which featured testimony from state agency heads and public utility commissioners, focused primarily on states’ concerns over technical aspects and the overall feasibility of the Clean Power Plan (Greenwire, Sept. 9). But it also gave Democratic and Republican lawmakers a forum to place the issue in line with their parties’ platforms — for Democrats as an important environmental safeguard, and for Republicans as a burdensome piece of federal overreach. [ read more … ]

Montana Lawmakers keep renewable energy standard

By Karl Puckett,Great Falls Tribune  •    •  Posted 2014-09-11 06:40:54

A Montana legislative committee has agreed to maintain an existing renewable energy standard. The move will require the state’s utilities to generate 15 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by next year. [ read more … ]

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