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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.

Iowa Town reaps windfall from turbines

Source: Erin Golden • Posted: Monday, November 21st, 2011

When the wind is blowing and the giant blades are rotating, it’s almost hard to pinpoint how close they are, how big they are against the backdrop of green and brown fields dotted with cattle. Some people will tell you that looking at the wind turbines — part of MidAmerican Energy’s Rolling Hills wind project, the largest-ever such project in Iowa — is almost peaceful. Others think they’ve scarred the landscape and are noisy. Just about everyone in this community of about 350 people has an opinion.

Report pushes for future with no coal, less nuclear

Source: Manuel Quinones, E&E Reporter • E&E • Posted: Friday, November 18th, 2011

The United States would save more than $80 billion over the next 40 years by committing to renewable energy, according to a report released yesterday by the think tank Civil Society Institute.

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.