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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 1, 2015

GOP defeats host of Dem proposals to sweeping House package

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-01 05:29:39

Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee today defeated a slew of Democratic proposals for revising a comprehensive energy package as bipartisan relations continued to fizzle along with the bill’s chances. Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) repeatedly said he was hopeful the package would make it to President Obama’s desk despite opposition from top Democrats on the committee. [ read more … ]

Modernizing America’s grid

By Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), The Hill  •    •  Posted 2015-10-01 05:30:31

My father’s days as a utility worker represent the grid that George Westinghouse conceived of in the late 1800s with its one-way distribution system of power delivered directly to consumers. It began at central generation facilities, usually a hydroelectric facility or coal-fired power plant, and traveled from there on high-voltage transmission lines that still tower over America’s landscape. From transmission lines, the power then branched into smaller distribution lines, from which homes and businesses received 100 percent of the power that they used. [ read more … ]

New York State Awards $175 Million to Renewable Energy Projects

By Public News Service  •    •  Posted 2015-10-01 05:30:06

The projects include a wind farm, a biogas facility that turns food waste into electricity, and two hydroelectric facilities. The money comes from the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, a policy that aims to increase renewable energy, and is funded by small charges on electricity bills. [ read more … ]

Offshore wind energy industry sees federal leasing jumpstarting New Jersey rules

By Mary Powers, Platts  •    •  Posted 2015-10-01 05:32:02

The federal government’s plan to offer 343,833 acres off the coast of New Jersey for commercial wind energy generation on November 9 is raising the hopes of industry participants that the development of rules needed to advance the state’s own program will finally get underway. The New Jersey wind area is located about seven nautical miles from shore on the Outer Continental Shelf and has been divided into two lease areas. The south lease area includes 160,480 acres and the north lease area has 183,353 acres. The plan was announced Wednesday. “It opens up the door for New Jersey to move expeditiously,” Paul Gallagher, general counsel for Fishermen’s Energy, said Thursday in an interview. Fishermen’s Energy is an offshore wind developer founded by the New Jersey’s commercial fishing industry. [ read more … ]

Republican opposition can’t last — Gore

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-01 05:30:56

Former Vice President Al Gore said that Republican opposition to climate action would eventually give way in the face of public opinion and a preponderance of scientific evidence. “I don’t think it can last,” he said last night during an appearance on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes.” Gore added, “I think we are winning this debate.”
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