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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 20, 2016

Branstad Calls for anti-Cruz Vote

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-01-19 15:16:17

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says Iowans shouldn’t let Texas Sen. Ted Cruz win his state’s lead-off caucus because he opposes continued federal government support of ethanol. Branstad, speaking at a renewable fuels conference near Des Moines Tuesday bluntly said he wants Cruz defeated in Iowa. [ read more … ]

Ways & Means chair won’t commit to expanding investment credit

George Cahlink, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-01-19 15:08:40

Renewable advocates are eager to further expand the 30 percent investment tax credit that was extended for five years in the tax bill. Last year’s deal only extended the ITC solar credit, leaving out other qualifying sources, including combined heat and power systems, geothermal, small wind, and fuel cells. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has said the extension for other renewables was “inadvertently” left out of last year’s tax accord and could be quickly resolved this year. [ read more … ]

Editorial: Proof That a Price on Carbon Works

By New York Times Editorial Board  •    •  Posted 2016-01-19 15:09:27

Around the world, nearly 40 nations, including the 28-member European Union, and many smaller jurisdictions are engaged in some form of carbon pricing. In this hemisphere, British Columbia, Quebec, California and nine Northeastern states have raised the cost of burning fossil fuels without damaging the economy. Alberta, Canada’s biggest oil and gas producer, and Ontario have said they will adopt similar policies. [ read more … ]

Solar power starts ascent in Texas

By Mitchell Schnurman, Dallas Morning News  •    •  Posted 2016-01-19 15:09:05

“Solar is poised to take off in Texas,” said Peter Sopher, a policy analyst for the Environmental Defense Fund in Austin. He compared it to wind power a decade ago, when turbines were popping up in West Texas. In 2005, wind generated 1.4 percent of electricity on ERCOT, the grid that handles most of the state’s electric load. For the first 11 months of 2015, wind’s share was over 11 percent. And in November, it was over 18 percent. Texas is easily the No. 1 state in wind, with more than twice the capacity of California. [ read more … ]

Neighbors ask health board to shut down Wis. turbines

By Adam Rodewald, Green Bay Press-Gazette  •    •  Posted 2016-01-19 15:10:05

n an attempt to shut down a Wisconsin-based wind farm, opponents of the Shirley Wind farm blasted the county’s health director yesterday during a meeting for saying turbines could not be linked to neighbors’ health issues. In 2014, the health board said turbines emit a low-frequency noise that pose health risks, an announcement believed to be the first of its kind for the board. But after months of deliberation, Health Officer Chua Xiong said in December 2015 there was a lack of scientific evidence to back the statement. [ read more … ]

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