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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 27, 2012

House tax subcommittee chairman open to production tax credit extension as bridge to phaseout

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-04-27 11:35:20

A leading House Republican said yesterday that he is open to extending a key tax credit for the wind industry that is set to expire at the end of the year but that he wants to hear more from industry leaders on how many more years they will need the government’s support. The production tax credit for wind energy was one of the most popular topics of discussion yesterday at a House subcommittee hearing on a variety of temporary tax breaks that will disappear at year’s end unless Congress intervenes.
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Natural Gas Is on a Roll, Executive Declares

ERIC LIPTON, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2012-04-27 11:35:44

A “perfect storm” of economic and regulatory factors is driving major United States utilities to rapidly switch from coal to natural gas as an electric power source, the top executive of one of the nation’s largest utilities said on Thursday. [ read more … ]

Nebraska public power district pressed to expand wind power

Paul Hammel, WORLD-HERALD BUREAU  •    •  Posted 2012-04-27 11:36:08

A coalition of Nebraska environmental and farm groups called on the state’s largest utility to develop more wind power to address future energy needs instead of relying on coal-fired power plants. The group said Thursday that the Nebraska Public Power District should consider clean energy alternatives rather than spend $1.5 billion to retrofit existing coal-fired power plants to deal with new environmental regulations.
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