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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 22, 2015

GOP paints bull’s-eye on Clean Power Plan with week of votes and hearingsĀ 

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-06-22 06:23:20

Capitol Hill Republicans will use President Obama’s flagship carbon dioxide rule for target practice this week, as the House considers two bills on the floor that would prevent U.S. EPA from implementing its Clean Power Plan while the Senate and House each holds a hearing to highlight its costs. The House will vote this week on a bill by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) that would allow states to defer compliance with the existing power plant rule or opt out of it altogether. The measure, H.R. 2042, would give all states a reprieve from writing implementation plans — which would be due to EPA beginning next year — until judicial review has concluded. It is scheduled to hit the floor Wednesday. [ read more … ]

Moniz urges utility sector to grapple with core issues around electric grid’s futureĀ 

Rod Kuckro, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-06-22 06:23:46

It was hard not to think about the final scene from the film “Casablanca” last week as Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and the head of the Edison Electric Institute signed a memorandum outlining a sweeping joint effort to expand the market for electric vehicles. [ read more … ]

U.K. under fire from wind industry over plan to end subsidiesĀ 

By Jim Pickard, Financial Times  •    •  Posted 2015-06-22 06:24:09

The United Kingdom’s government announced this week that it would end onshore wind power subsidies one year ahead of schedule.

The Renewable Obligation subsidy for new onshore wind farms will close by April 2016, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd said. Once the Renewable Obligation subsidies end, companies will have to compete for limited subsidies. The wind industry has threatened to sue if legislation to end the subsidies passes. [ read more … ]

Texas Wind: Too Much Of A Good Thing?

By ALISA BARBA, Inside Energy  •    •  Posted 2015-06-22 06:24:29

Oil and gas dominate the Texas energy market but wind is growing exponentially. Wind power now provides 10 per cent of the state\’s electricity. Energy production in Texas is dominated by oil and gas. But the state also leads the United States in the production of wind power. Some energy analysts suggest that wind power’s success in the Lone Star state has now become its challenge. [ read more … ]

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