Iowa breezes to forefront of wind power industry

Source: Mike Wiser • Iowa Farmer Today • Posted: Friday, November 18th, 2011

It was one of the biggest games of the 2011 college football season and the hottest ticket in town. Thirty years ago, Iowa’s wind industry was little more than a smattering of windmills dotting the rural landscape. Now, propelled by advances in technology, government support, the instability of the foreign energy market and the cachet of clean, renewable energy, it’s a multi-million-dollar affair. It supports more than 3,000 Iowa jobs worth a combined payroll upwards of $70 million a year, according to association figures, and landowners make roughly $12.6 million a year in lease payments hosting turbines on their land.

Kitzhaber joins call for renewable energy tax credit extension

Source: Lee van der Voo • Sustainable Business Oregon • Posted: Friday, November 18th, 2011

Gov. John Kitzhaber has joined a coalition of governors in asking Congress to extend the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit for at least four years.

Governors urge prompt extension of wind energy tax incentive

REVE • Posted: Thursday, November 17th, 2011

In a letter addressed to leaders of the U.S. House and Senate, Governors Lincoln Chafee (I-R.I.) and Terry Branstad (R-Iowa) today urged Congress to “promptly pass a multi-year extension of the wind tax credit.” Chafee is chair of the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition, a group that includes 23 governors–Republican, Democratic, and Independent–from around the nation, while Branstad is vice-chair.

AWEA hails diverse Governors’ endorsement of key wind incentive

Source: AWEA • Posted: Thursday, November 17th, 2011

The 23 Governors in this coalition are on the front lines of creating jobs and economic development in their states. Their broad, bipartisan support of a four year extension for wind’s key federal tax incentive is yet another indication of how wind energy is generating manufacturing jobs and economic opportunity all across the country.

Nebraska urged to build wind potential

Source: Erin Golden • Omaha World Herald • Posted: Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Nebraska should work quickly to be part of large-scale power transmission projects tied to wind energy — or risk missing out on a major economic opportunity.

Scientists spar over cause of warming, agree on its occurrence

Source: Jean Chemnick • E&E • Posted: Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

House Democrats Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Henry Waxman of California may have been hoping for a little more unity yesterday when they billed their briefing in Longworth House Office Building as the “End of Climate Change Skepticism.”

A Gold Rush of Subsidies in the Search for Clean Energy, NYT, 11-12-11

Source: Eric Lipton and Clifford Krauss • New York Times • Posted: Monday, November 14th, 2011

Halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, on a former cattle ranch and gypsum mine, NRG Energy is building an engineering marvel: a compound of nearly a million solar panels that will produce enough electricity to power about 100,000 homes. The project is also a marvel in another, less obvious way: Taxpayers and ratepayers are providing subsidies worth almost as much as the entire $1.6 billion cost of the project. Similar subsidy packages have been given to 15 othersolar- and wind-power electric plants since 2009.

NYT mischaracterizes wind energy in renewable subsidies story, AWEA, 11-14-11

Source: Jon Goldstein • Posted: Monday, November 14th, 2011

The New York Times led today’s edition with a story that got it wrong on wind power. Here’s why:

Biofuels, wind power show gains, but hurdles remain

Source: Ronald White • Los Angeles Times • Posted: Friday, November 11th, 2011

Biofuels and wind power are having the biggest new impact in American power generation, according to a report released today by the U.S. Energy Department. Consumption of biofuels has risen 16-fold since 2000 and wind power use has seen an eight-fold increase during the same period.

U.S. Wind Market May ‘Fall Off a Cliff,’ Vestas Says

Source: Alex Morales • Bloomberg News • Posted: Friday, November 11th, 2011

U.S. wind turbine sales may dry up in 2013 unless lawmakers extend tax credits supporting the market beyond the end of next year, said Vestas Wind Systems A/S Chief Executive Officer Ditlev Engel.