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Gov. Brown announces re-election bid, citing his climate agenda

Source: Debra Kahn, E&E reporter • Posted: Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) announced yesterday he would run for re-election, citing his work on climate change, renewable energy and high-speed rail. Environmental groups responded with concerns about his lack of action on fracking. The 75-year-old governor — whose candidacy had been widely anticipated for months — made his announcement via Twitter, with a link to a statement highlighting climate change and the state’s crippling drought as key issues.

Republicans no-shows at Senate meeting with foreign legislators on climate change

Source: Lisa Friedman, E&E reporter • Posted: Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres called yesterday for urgent action and an end to partisanship on global warming, warning that the planet is on “borrowed time.” Speaking in the U.S. Senate, where climate change has been the focus of bitter ideological battles, Figueres’ lament over how polarizing the issue has become was echoed by the World Bank as well as U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern.

Governor’s Wind Coalition: Governors to work with the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission

Source: American Wind Enrgy Association • Posted: Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

In a meeting on Friday, February 21, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, and Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber — the chairman, vice chairman and past chairman of the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition — and Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioners, discussed a wide range of topics, including transmission development, grid modernization, regional cooperation, coordinated regional operations, and ways in which the Commissioners and the governors can work together to promote the more rapid deployment of wind energy in the United States.

Governors push transmission development at meeting with US FERC

Source: Tom Tiernan, tom.tiernan@platts.com, Platts • Posted: Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Several governors have created a plan to boost power transmission development and improve state and regional cooperation following a meeting with the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition said Friday. “The value of wind energy resources to our states’ economies cannot be unlocked unless they have access to a market,” said South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, chairman of the coalition. “Long-distance transmission is the critical link between these resources and the customers who want clean and less expensive energy.”

Governors, FERC To Collaborate On Preparing U.S. Grid For More Wind Power

Source: by NAW Staff, North American Wind Power • Posted: Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

“The value of wind energy resources to our states’ economies cannot be unlocked unless they have access to a market,” said South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, chairman of the coalition. “Long-distance transmission is the critical link between these resources and the customers who want clean and less-expensive energy.” “Expanding and modernizing the nation’s domestic electrical transmission system, both on shore and off shore, is an essential component in revitalizing the nation’s economy and creating jobs,” said Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, former chairman of the coalition.

Governors to Work with the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission

Source: Governors' Wind Energy Coalition • Posted: Friday, February 28th, 2014

In a meeting on Friday, February 21, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, and Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber — the chairman, vice chairman and past chairman of the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition — and Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioners, discussed a wide range of topics, including transmission development, grid modernization, regional cooperation, coordinated regional operations, and ways in which the Commissioners and the governors can work together to promote the more rapid deployment of wind energy in the United States.

ELPC’s Learner discusses challenges to expanding transmission for renewable energy sources

Source: Monica Trauzzi, E&E • Posted: Friday, February 28th, 2014

This week, the Supreme Court declined to review the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of a cost allocation system for new transmission lines for renewable sources in the Midwest. How will this move by the court influence the debate over cost allocation in Midwestern states? During today’s OnPoint, Howard Learner, executive director of the Environmental Law and Policy Center, discusses challenges to modernizing the nation’s transmission system and talks about Midwestern states’ varied approaches to addressing distributed generation and net metering.

Oregon Senate panel clears bill to revamp state’s clean energy mandate

Source: Special to E&E • Posted: Friday, February 28th, 2014

A bill revamping Oregon’s renewable energy mandates — and protecting them from a potentially devastating ballot measure — passed unanimously through the state Senate’s Business and Transportation Committee on Tuesday despite criticism from independent utilities and other opponents. Oregon’s renewable energy mandates require large utilities to draw 25 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2025 with a lower percentage required for smaller utilities. But the mandates came under fire recently from smaller utilities worried they would get forced out, lacking the funds to build the renewable power sources necessary to satisfy the mandate.

Cape Wind wins approval for $600M loan

Source: Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, February 28th, 2014

The proposed Cape Wind offshore wind farm in Massachusetts’ Nantucket Sound moved another step toward realization yesterday, announcing that it has received approval for a significant chunk of financial backing needed for construction of the project, which is estimated at $2.6 billion. In a speech to Offshore Wind Power USA conference attendees, Cape Wind President Jim Gordon yesterday said the initiative has received a $600 million loan from EKF, Denmark’s official export credit agency.

Offshore wind leaders heartened by natural gas price spike in Northeast

Source: Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, February 28th, 2014

In a panel discussion held here yesterday, high natural gas costs spurred by the Northeast’s frigid winter emerged as a point of hope for the kingpins of the offshore wind energy industry. Jim Gordon, president of the long-delayed Cape Wind project and a former natural gas developer himself, opened his remarks at the Offshore Wind Power USA conference noting that the price of natural gas in New England that morning was $29.75 per million British thermal units, while the price of electricity was $237 per megawatt-hour. “Contrast that to Cape Wind’s power. If it was up and running today, [it] would be $190 per megawatt-hour,” Gordon said.