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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 3, 2014

Va. energy plan punts on RPS but opens door to third-party solar

Rod Kuckro, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-10-03 07:53:51

Renewable energy and energy efficiency appear to be first among equals in Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s all-of-the-above energy plan released yesterday. While the 2014 plan, as expected, offers policy prescriptions to revive the state’s coal economy through exports, expand natural gas pipeline infrastructure, support nuclear reactors, and drill for oil and gas off the Virginia coast, what stands out is McAuliffe’s desire to exploit the “tremendous untapped potential” of wind and solar generation and lead a statewide efficiency drive to lessen the need for new power plants. [ read more … ]

Lawmakers reconsider wind incentives

By Sean Murphy, AP/Fuel Fix  •    •  Posted 2014-10-03 07:54:11

Rising subsidies, along with noise complaints and loss of scenic views, have provoked many in Oklahoma to speak out against the wind power industry. The wind industry has grown rapidly to more than 1,700 turbines from 113 a decade ago. As the industry has grown, so has its political power. There are about a dozen registered lobbyists in the state that lobby on behalf of the wind industry to protect industry subsidies that are estimated to exceed $40 million in 2014. [ read more … ]

Top brass on defense as environmental justice advocates slam climate rule

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-10-03 07:54:30

Some of U.S. EPA’s environmental justice advisers are unhappy with the agency’s proposal to clamp down on greenhouse gases from power plants, arguing that it doesn’t do enough to protect already overburdened communities. Tensions over the rule were running high this week during a gathering of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council in Arlington, Va. [ read more … ]

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