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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

May 22, 2012

Helping Hans

By Steve Daniels, Crain’s Chicago Business  •    •  Posted 2012-05-22 11:18:48

For most of his 20-year career, Hans Detweiler lobbied state and federal officials to boost wind farms in the Midwest, but a couple of years ago he concluded he could make a bigger impact as a businessman than as a policy advocate. The former lobbyist for both the Chicago-based Environmental Law and Policy Center and the American Wind Energy Association in Washington is championing a multiyear effort to build a $1.7 billion, 500-mile high-voltage power line to connect northwest Iowa, one of the windiest spots in the U.S., to Chicago, the Midwest’s biggest energy consumer. [ read more … ]

Look for jobs focus during Obama visit

Jennifer Jacobs, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2012-05-22 11:19:17

President Barack Obama will follow two scripts on his trip to Iowa on Thursday. He will visit a wind turbine blade manufacturer in Newton to warn how the pending loss of two wind energy tax credits will hurt Iowa’s economy, White House aides told The Des Moines Register.

Then he will do a campaign event at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, where he will be free to rip GOP rival Mitt Romney. The Democrats’ line of attack lately: Romney was a corporate buyout specialist, and his profits-over-people philosophy will have severe consequences for the middle class if he’s elect [ read more … ]

Kitzhaber tapped to lead wind coalition

By Christina Williams, Sustainable Business Oregon  •    •  Posted 2012-05-22 11:19:38

The Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition announced Monday that Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber would take over as chairman and vice chairman of the group, which is focused on communicating the benefits of wind energy and lobbying the federal government to extend the production tax credit. [ read more … ]

Key energy advisers point to potential legislative deals next session

Elana Schor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-05-22 11:20:04

Political head winds are likely to slow progress on energy legislation until next year at the earliest, veteran congressional observers on both sides of the aisle said yesterday. That bleak prognosis is hardly surprising to many who have watched a divided 112th Congress spend much of the past two years fighting over basic duties such as keeping the government funded. But the long view offered by Bob Simon, top aide to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s Democratic majority, and former senior GOP energy adviser David Conover hardly sounded like a funereal dirge for substantive environmental policymaking. [ read more … ]

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