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Bingaman will float clean energy mandate bill early next year

Source: Katie Howell • E&E • Posted: Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Jeff Bingaman will wait until next year to introduce legislation that would require utilities to generate a portion of their electricity from low-carbon sources.

Supercommittee failure portends yearlong limbo for energy, environment programs

Source: Elana Schor • E&E • Posted: Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

After four months of pressure campaigns and prognostication, the failure of the so-called congressional “supercommittee” to agree on $1.2 trillion in long-term spending cuts leaves energy and environmental programs in much the same position that they were after the August debt-limit deal: an uneasy limbo.

Renewables now fastest growing energy source

Source: Chris Rose • EWEA • Posted: Monday, November 28th, 2011

As people begin gathering at next week’s OFFSHORE 2011 conference in Amsterdam, it’s a safe bet that some conversations will focus on a just-released book by the International Energy Agency (IEA) which says wind power, solar power, geothermal energy and other renewables are now the fastest-growing sector of the energy mix.

Renewable power trumps fossil fuels for first time

LA Times • Posted: Monday, November 28th, 2011

Renewable energy is surpassing fossil fuels for the first time in new power-plant investments, shaking off setbacks from the financial crisis and an impasse at the United Nations global warming talks.

Laws murky in battle over wind power

Source: BOB VON STERNBERG  • Minneapolis Star Tribune • Posted: Monday, November 28th, 2011

Several cities, including Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Maple Grove and Woodbury, have ordinances regulating turbines. But most local government officials have found themselves in uncharted bureaucratic waters with zoning codes and ordinances that weren’t written to regulate renewable energy projects. So the laws provide them with little or no guidance.

23 Governors, 369 Orgs Throw Support Behind Four-year PTC Extension Bill

Source: Carl Levesque • Posted: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Most recently, a broad, nonpartisan coalition of 369 members, including manufacturing, farm and business interests, issued a letter endorsing a four-year extension to the Production Tax Credit (PTC), wind energy’s key federal tax incentive. Legislation recently introduced by Representatives Dave Reichert (R, WA-08) and Earl Blumenauer (D, OR-03) seeks to grant a four-year extension to the existing PTC for wind energy (H.R. 3307, the “American Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit Extension Act”).

Texas is bullish on offshore wind

Source: Nathanial Gronewold • E&E • Posted: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

A Texas company is aiming to have the nation’s first offshore turbine up and spinning by year’s end, part of a larger push to make the Lone Star State the national leader in marine wind power.

Clean energy cuts delayed, not avoided, by supercommittee’s collapse

Source: Evan Lehmann • E&E • Posted: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

The congressional “supercommittee” might be dead, but that won’t rescue energy spending from deep cuts that loom in the future. It only provides a temporary reprieve, according to observers.

369-Member Coalition Calls on Congress to Save US Wind Jobs

Source: José Santamarta • REVE • Posted: Monday, November 21st, 2011

A broad, nonpartisan coalition of 369 members, including wind turbines manufacturing, wind farm and wind power interests, issued a letter endorsing a four year extension to wind energy’s key federal tax incentive.

Indiana feels the power of Minnesota’s wind

Source: DAVID SHAFFER  • Posted: Monday, November 21st, 2011

Across the nation, utilities are looking far afield for wind power, often to satisfy clean energy goals. The practice, which began on the East and West coasts, is becoming common in the Upper Midwest, which some experts believe is poised to become a major exporter of wind power.