Republican governors pressure home-state delegations on wind credit

Source: By Zack Colman, The Hill • Posted: Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Republican Govs. Sam Brownback of Kansas and Terry Branstad of Iowa have been at the forefront of efforts to secure GOP support for the wind credit. They are leading members of the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition, which includes both Democratic and Republican state executives. “Everybody wants to deal with the financial problems we have in this country,” Brownback said Tuesday. “It’s just that I think there’s a more prudent ground to go here than just to end this [credit] that’s been a key thing to us solving our fiscal problems in this country. … This helps grow the economy.”

Governors call for renewing wind energy tax credit

Source: Wall Street Journal/Associated Press • Posted: Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Republicans governors Tom Branstad of Iowa and Sam Brownback of Kansas joined Democratic governors on Tuesday’s call urging the credit’s extension. They said they represented a bipartisan group of 28 governors who back the tax break. “It is time to turn the page on the recent election and work together to get Americans back to work,” Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, said in a statement

News Release: Governors Urge Prompt Adoption of the Wind Energy Production Tax Credit

Posted: Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition Urges Congressional Leadership to Promptly Adopt the Wind Energy Production Tax Credit Contact: Larry Pearce 402-651-2948 In a letter to Congressional leadership today, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, urged Congressional leadership  “…to take swift action to extend the PTC before the end of this congressional session.” […]

Nebraska urged to do more to train for green jobs

Source: By Paul Hammel, WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER • Posted: Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

“The opportunities are exciting,” said Lawse, assistant director of campus planning and sustainability at Metro. On Monday he was among those testifying at a state legislative hearing focused on whether Nebraska needs to do more to train young people for green jobs.

A bipartisan group of governors will make the case for renewing the wind credit Tuesday

Source: By Ben Geman and Zack Colman, The Hill • Posted: Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

A bipartisan handful of governors will join Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) at a Tuesday Capitol Hill press conference urging Congress to extend the tax credit that the wind industry calls vital. The wind production tax credit is one of the hot-button energy issues for the lame-duck session. Scheduled to expire Dec. 31, it credits wind power producers 2.2 cents for every kilowatt-hour.

Cape Wind Offshore Project Discussed With Rhode Island Port Officials

Source: By MICHELLE R. SMITH, Associated Press • Posted: Monday, November 12th, 2012

Officials with the Cape Wind offshore wind project planned for Massachusetts have met with port officials in Rhode Island, and a project spokesman told The Associated Press on Friday that it’s an “open question” whether a terminal planned for New Bedford will be ready to use as the wind farm’s construction staging area. The project is expected to bring hundreds of jobs to an area that desperately needs them. Rhode Island has the second-highest unemployment rate in the country and New Bedford, just over the Rhode Island border, is in one of the most economically depressed areas of Massachusetts.

Senators Vitter, Alexander seek revenue analysis of Del. lease

Source: Phil Taylor, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, November 12th, 2012

Sens. David Vitter (R-La.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today asked the Interior Department to estimate the fiscal trade-offs of leasing waters off the Delaware coast for wind power instead of oil and gas development.

In a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, the senators also asked what the agency plans to charge NRG Bluewater Wind Delaware LLC for generating electricity on a lease it announced late last month

GOP senators accuse Interior of playing favorites in offshore wind deal

Source: By Zack Colman, The Hill • Posted: Monday, November 12th, 2012

Two GOP senators are accusing the Interior Department of playing favorites by offering Atlantic waters for wind farms but not oil and gas development. At issue is a lease for developing commercial wind power in federal waters off the Delaware coast. The area in question is off limits to oil-and-gas drillers in President Obama’s five-year offshore drilling plan.

Obama calls for compromise, touts clean energy as way to boost economy

Source: John McArdle, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, November 12th, 2012

In his first White House speech since winning re-election, President Obama on Friday called on Congress to get to work on addressing the looming fiscal cliff and took some time to praise clean energy development as an important tool for growing the economy.

Obama win may bring tax credit renewal, but wind turbine maker plans more layoffs

Source: E&E • Posted: Friday, November 9th, 2012

President Obama’s re-election all but ensures the reinstatement of the production tax credit that benefits the U.S. wind industry, the chief executive officer of Vestas Wind Systems A/S said yesterday. But employees at the Danish company won’t have much to cheer about, as the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer announced it would cut an additional 3,000 jobs by the end of next year on top of the 3,700 it already eliminated this year.