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Wind Money Fuels Spending and Benefits in Small Schools, NYT, 11-11-11

New York Times • Posted: Friday, November 11th, 2011

Energy development capitalizing on the high winds in the area — which quickly turned sunshine to chill rain one afternoon in late October — has injected sluggish rural communities with new economic lifeblood. More than one local resident has called it the “windfall,” and it has bestowed hundreds of millions of dollars on West Texas schools.

Former lawmaker, FERC chairman to lead new Bipartisan Policy Center panel

Source: E&E, 11-10-11 • Posted: Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Former lawmaker, FERC chairman to lead new Bipartisan Policy Center panel

Vestas says it will lay off American workers if U.S. subsidy expires in 2012

Source: E&E, 11-10-11 • Posted: Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Vestas Wind Systems forecast lower sales and profit margins in the next four years and said it would lay off workers at its American factories at the end of 2012 if the United States doesn’t renew the renewable energy production tax credit.

Another try for PTC

Source: Bill Opalka • Posted: Sunday, November 6th, 2011

The production tax credit for renewable energy projects doesn’t expire for another year, but supporters are gearing up for a year-long fight in a presidential election cycle to win a four-year extension.

Lawmakers prepare bipartisan push to extend wind energy tax credit

Source: Evan Lehmann • E&E • Posted: Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Lawmakers are poised to introduce a bipartisan bill extending a key federal incentive for wind energy developers through 2016. It’s emerging during a stormy debate over renewable energy subsidies and as lawmakers struggle to identify massive spending cuts before year’s end.

House bill would expand FERC’s authority to site power lines

Source: Hannah Northey • E&E • Posted: Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

A House Republican has reintroduced legislation to grant the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission greater authority to overrule state opposition and ensure the construction of power lines.

Lawmakers prepare bipartisan push to extend wind energy tax credit

Source: Evan Lehmann • E&E • Posted: Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Lawmakers are poised to introduce a bipartisan bill extending a key federal incentive for wind energy developers through 2016. It’s emerging during a stormy debate over renewable energy subsidies and as lawmakers struggle to identify massive spending cuts before year’s end.

Nebraska’s New wind farm to help OPPD reach energy goal

Source: Erin Golden • World-Herald • Posted: Monday, October 31st, 2011

Nebraska’s newest wind farm is set to make its official debut Monday, with the help of appearances by Gov. Dave Heineman and Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy.

Batteries at a Wind Farm Help Control Output

Source: Matthew L. Wald • Posted: Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Another wind farm opened on another windy ridge in West Virginia this week, 61 turbines stretched across 12 miles, generating up to 98 megawatts of electricity. But the novel element is a cluster of big steel boxes in the middle, the largest battery installation attached to the power grid in the continental United States.

Court says Cape Wind’s offshore project won’t fly

Source: Jay Lindsay, Peter Dejong • Associated Press • Posted: Saturday, October 29th, 2011

A decision Friday from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said the FAA didn’t adequately determine whether the planned 130 turbines, each 440 feet tall, would pose a danger to pilots flying by visual flight rules.