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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 3, 2014

Shakeups expected in states with big energy stakes

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-11-03 06:35:30

Substantial shakeups are likely in gubernatorial races across the country tomorrow, and the outcomes could have significant impact on national energy policy for the next four years. Voters in a whopping 36 states will choose governors when they head to the polls tomorrow, and candidates are running neck and neck in many of those races. About a dozen gubernatorial contests are considered tossups by experts keeping close tabs on the elections. [ read more … ]

U.N. Panel Issues Its Starkest Warning Yet on Global Warming

By┬áJUSTIN GILLISNOV, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2014-11-03 04:54:26

The gathering risks of climate change are so profound that they could stall or even reverse generations of progress against poverty and hunger if greenhouse emissions continue at a runaway pace, according to a major new United Nations report. Despite growing efforts in many countries to tackle the problem, the global situation is becoming more acute as developing countries join the West in burning huge amounts of fossil fuels, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said here on Sunday. [ read more … ]

Pentagon opposes Md. turbine project

By Timothy B. Wheeler, Baltimore Sun  •    •  Posted 2014-11-03 04:54:47

The Pentagon is objecting to a proposed wind energy project on the Eastern Shore of Maryland because the turbines could create a security risk by interfering with operations at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), whose district includes the base, released a letter from the Department of Defense and said officials concluded that the wind turbines pose “a significant threat” to the “world-class stealth radar system” used at the base. [ read more … ]

Canada accelerates its wind power as U.S. industry recovers

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-11-03 04:55:03

Where the U.S. wind power industry has struggled to regain its footing after 21 months of slow growth and political wrangling over tax credits, developers in neighboring Canada are aggressively taking up the slack, with an expected 4,500 megawatts of new wind power expected to come online by 2017. That follows a record 1,600 MW of wind energy added to Canada’s electricity grid last year, compared with just under 1,100 MW in the United States. This despite the fact that the U.S. electricity market is nearly seven times larger than Canada’s based on 2013 consumption figures reported to Enerdata, a global consulting firm. [ read more … ]

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