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Energy Update: December 21, 2018

In the States

CT – The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) has approved five contracts with two utilities for long-term power purchases that will provide the state with 252 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy annually. PURA’s 20-year contracts with Eversource Energy and United Illuminating include the state’s first offshore wind power program and four fuel-cell projects. Combined, estimates predict the power produced will supply 4.6 percent of Connecticut’s annual power consumption. One project, dubbed Revolution Wind, is slated to generate 200 MW of electricity from a wind farm built in federal waters about halfway between Montauk, NY and Martha’s Vineyard, or enough energy to power 100,000 homes in the state. Offshore construction of the Revolution Wind project will begin in 2022 with operations online by 2023. According to the companies, approximately 1,400 jobs will be created. Connecticut regulators approve contracts for renewable energy projectsThe Hour

 

National and Regional

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, and Governor Claudia Pavlovich of Sonora, Mexico signed an agreement to develop a plan that may result in natural gas shipments to Asia. The four-year collaboration agreement, which does not require the commitment of any state finances, may include the connecting of several existing pipelines to transport natural gas in New Mexico west and south through Arizona and into Sonora and finally to the port of Guaymas in the Gulf of California. At the Port, the gas would be liquefied and shipped to Asian markets. New Mexico is currently producing 3.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day and is projected to produce 4 billion cubic feet per day by 2022. When asked how Arizona would benefit from the collaboration Governor Ducey said, “This is just a way for us to work with our neighbors and promote binational trade…this is just another way for us to bring that to life and be cooperative in economic development.” Neither Governor Ducey nor Governor Martinez are concerned about a shortage of gas in the United States as a result of the collaboration.

 

“Asia’s burgeoning demand, New Mexico’s abundant supply, and Arizona and Sonora’s strategic location and transport networks all combine to present an opportunity for continued regional growth,” according to the collaboration. Ducey signs pipeline pact with New Mexico, SonoraArizona Capitol Times

 

Newly elected and re-elected governors across the nation are making aggressive moves toward addressing climate change and renewable energy. Governor Kate Brown of Oregon is prioritizing a measure to create a cap-and-trade system similar to the one California is pursuing. The proposal, laid out in a budget blueprint in November and would seek to set a limit on greenhouse gas emissions. To manage the new strategy and supervise the state’s efforts, Governor Brown will create the proposed Oregon Climate Authority. However, several critics of the plan believe the Governor’s approach will negatively impact the state’s economy because the technology available does not yet allow businesses to reduce emissions as much as the Governor’s proposed mandate. Washington Governor Jay Inslee has gone on record with The Hill that he will make an attempt to advance new climate change measures through the legislature. In Colorado, Governor-Elect Jared Polis stated, “The sooner we can achieve true energy independence, the better economic growth we’ll have and the cleaner air we’ll have. Retiring coal is our priority. There’s good green jobs that can’t be outsourced.” Another Governor-Elect, Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, has made it a goal for her state to produce enough solar and wind energy to sell excess energy to neighboring states.  Governor-Elect J.B. Pritzker has said Illinois will increase its reliance on renewable energy to 25% of total consumption by 2025. Governor-Elect Steve Sisolak of Nevada backed a successful 2018 ballot measure requiring the state to run on 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. In Maine, Governor-Elect Janet Mills wants her state to run on 80 percent renewable energy by 2030. New Governors Plan Aggressive Climate StepsThe Hill

 

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