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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 28, 2015

Deepwater milestone: R.I. work begins on wind farm project

By Alex Kuffner, Providence Journal  •    •  Posted 2015-04-28 06:49:20

With some of the ladders, platforms and railings already made by Quonset-based Specialty Diving Services visible inside a warehouse behind her, Raimondo said the state has an opportunity to position itself as a leader in offshore renewable energy. “Not only are we going to create jobs,” Governor Raimondo said, “but we’re going to rebrand ourselves as being more innovative and, over time, make Rhode Island a place that has lower energy costs, more diversified energy supply and greener energy.”
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Construction underway for America’s first offshore wind farm 

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-04-28 06:49:40

Construction is officially underway for the first offshore wind farm in U.S. waters. Offshore wind developer Deepwater Wind on Friday announced that its CEO, Jeffrey Grybowski, is meeting with Rhode Island leaders today in North Kingstown to celebrate early building activities on the Block Island Wind Farm, a planned 30-megawatt, five-turbine project located approximately 3 miles southeast of Rhode Island’s Block Island. [ read more … ]

OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Energy chief sees room to work with GOP

By Timothy Cama and Devin Henry, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2015-04-28 06:51:25

MONIZ HAS HIGH HOPES: Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Monday that he hopes President Obama and the GOP-controlled Congress can come to terms on a whole slate of issues before Obama’s term expires. Moniz hopes to find Republican cooperation on government funding for infrastructure when he takes the administration’s case to lawmakers on Tuesday, as well as climate change and Iran, where he’s been a member of the team negotiating a nuclear deal. [ read more … ]

QER Hearing Webcast Today

By Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition  •    •  Posted 2015-04-28 06:50:10

Today, April 28, there will be a Webcast of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing to receive testimony by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on the Administration’s Quadrennial Energy Review (QER). The hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m. ET in room 366 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. [ read more … ]

Grassley blasts Republican attacks on wind tax credits as industry searches for ‘parity’

By Michael Copley, SNL  •    •  Posted 2015-04-28 06:50:59

“I’m sympathetic to the argument that the tax code has gotten too cluttered with too many special-interest provisions. That’s the reason many of us have been clamoring for tax reform. But just because we haven’t cleaned up the tax code in a comprehensive way does not mean that we should pull the rug out from under domestic renewable energy producers,” Grassley said at a policy forum hosted by the American Council on Renewable Energy in Washington, D.C. “Businesses need certainty in the tax code so that they can plan and invest,” he added. “The only sound way to reach this goal is through a comprehensive tax approach. Targeting certain provisions for elimination outside of tax reform makes no sense.” [ read more … ]

State air chiefs, EPA leaders meet on emissions proposal 

Rod Kuckro and Emily Holden, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2015-04-28 06:51:41

U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan will be front and center as state air pollution agency chiefs gather in Providence, R.I., until Wednesday for their spring meeting. EPA air chief Janet McCabe and a contingency of deputies and regional administrators will be on hand to discuss the nuts and bolts of potential compliance strategies for cutting power plant carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030 under the agency’s proposed rule. [ read more … ]

States press argument that comment period on EPA rule is ‘a sham’ 

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-04-28 06:51:59

More than a dozen states Friday said recent remarks from U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy show the agency has already made up its mind about its proposed greenhouse gas standards for existing power plants and reiterated their call for a federal court to block EPA from promulgating the rules. The states, led by West Virginia, are asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to issue an “extraordinary writ” prohibiting EPA from finalizing the rules this summer. [ read more … ]

Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables

By Tom Randall, Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2015-04-28 07:08:27

The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined. And there’s no going back.The shift occurred in 2013, when the world added 143 gigawatts of renewable electricity capacity, compared with 141 gigawatts in new plants that burn fossil fuels. [ read more … ]

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