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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 24, 2015

Interior ponders future leasing off S.C. coast

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-11-24 06:44:58

The Interior Department said it is gauging industry’s interest in developing wind farms off the South Carolina coast. The agency is also beginning a National Environmental Policy Act review to determine whether it is appropriate to lease four areas covering 1,100 square miles off the Palmetto State shores. Both announcements — the call for industry interest and the notice of intentto prepare a NEPA review — are open to 60 days of public comment. [ read more … ]

Xcel readies Minn. wind and solar package

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-11-24 06:45:20

Xcel Energy Inc. says it wants to begin delivering 100 percent renewable energy to customers in Minnesota under a pilot program that will test ratepayers’ appetite for clean power. In a proposal filed with state regulators, Xcel said it wants to expand its portfolio of clean energy options beyond its 15-year-old Windsource program, which has more than 39,000 subscribers, according to utility officials. [ read more … ]

LETTER: Wind energy saves New Jerseyans’ money

By Rob Gramlich, Asbury Park Press  •    •  Posted 2015-11-24 06:45:39

Thomas Pyle’s Nov. 17 oped “Support affordable energy by ending corporate welfare” ignores the benefits of American wind power and distorts its costs, while omitting any mention of Pyle’s work for anti-renewable energy special interest groups. Wind has been good for New Jersey. It has attracted $10 million of capital investment into the state and supports 500 jobs and 13 factories that build components. New Jerseyans will save more than $335 million on electric bills through 2050, and billions more will be saved by holding down natural gas prices. [ read more … ]

Hulking transformers prove a challenge for vulnerable grid

Blake Sobczak and Peter Behr, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2015-11-24 06:46:05

William Fehrman had a 450,000-pound puzzle on his hands. A large power transformer in the utility executive’s service territory was sputtering toward the end of its useful life. Fehrman, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy Co. in Des Moines, Iowa, knew he needed to replace the cumbersome piece of equipment, so he jumped on the chance to practice speeding up the process. [ read more … ]

Inhofe challenges authority of Obama’s climate council

Hannah Hess, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-11-24 06:46:34

Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman James Inhofe (R-Okla.) today questioned the legal authority for the White House Council on Environmental Quality to continue to operate without a Senate-confirmed chairman. In a letter to President Obama, Inhofe challenged the standing of former National Park Service official Christy Goldfuss, who in March replaced former CEQ Chief of Staff Mike Boots as managing director of the agency. [ read more … ]

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