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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

May 16, 2012

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad Responds to Wall Street Journal Editorial

Gov. Terry Branstad  •    •  Posted 2012-05-16 11:36:09

Your recent editorials on the federal wind-energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) and renewable portfolio standard (RPS) (“Gouged by the Wind,” May 5 and “Windy Republicans,” May 7) are off the mark. The wind-power industry is an American success story that is helping us build our manufacturing base, create jobs, lower energy costs and strengthen our energy security. [ read more … ]

No competitors for company behind Atlantic offshore wind power ‘superhighway’

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-05-16 11:36:35

A proposal for an underwater “electric transmission superhighway” took a step forward yesterday as the Department of Interior announced that only one company, Atlantic Grid Holdings LLC, had expressed interest in undertaking the $1.7 billion project. The Atlantic Wind Connection (AWC) would connect offshore wind farms up and down the Atlantic coast, consolidating up to 7,000 megawatts of power along a single, 300-mile high-voltage transmission line. [ read more … ]

Boehner vows to schedule vote on tax cut extensions before Election Day

Elana Schor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-05-16 11:36:54

Boehner was silent on whether the production tax credit (PTC) for wind, solar and geothermal power would hitch a ride on the tax-cut extension package he plans to bring to the House floor before lawmakers face voters in November. Presumed to be a part of that bill, however, is an extension of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for all earners — a move likely to ground the House’s proposal in the Senate, where most Democrats align with the White House in seeking to roll back those benefits for wealthier Americans. [ read more … ]

Interior ignored tribal concerns about wind farm impacts — lawsuit

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-05-16 11:37:11

An American Indian tribe has filed a federal lawsuit against the Interior Department in an effort to stop what would become California’s largest wind farm on public land. The lawsuit filed late yesterday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in San Diego by the Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation says the proposed wind project’s 112 turbines would cause “irreparable injury” by destroying “culturally and visually significant lands and resources.” It accuses the Bureau of Land Management of essentially ignoring the tribe’s concerns. [ read more … ]

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