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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

May 25, 2012

In Newton, Iowa Obama calls for extending wind energy tax breaks

By JASON CLAYWORTH and JENNIFER JACOBS, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2012-05-25 11:37:35

But his main point, as he stood in front of the hollow, circular ends of six massive wind turbine blades, was the need to extend wind energy tax breaks. He told the crowd that since he became president, the nation has nearly doubled the use of renewable energy, including solar and wind power. “I’m here today because as much progress as we’ve made, that progress is in jeopardy,” Obama said. [ read more … ]

FERC approves Iowa-to-Ill. renewable power line

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-05-25 11:37:58

Federal regulators yesterday gave Clean Line Energy Partners permission to begin signing customers up for its proposed 500-mile transmission line that will ship wind power from northwestern Iowa to Chicago. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Texas-based Clean Line Energy can begin selling capacity on its proposed $1.7 billion Rock Island Clean Line project, a high-voltage direct-current line that will transfer up to 3,500 megawatts of wind power in Iowa — as well as other generation in Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota — to Grundy County in Illinois, about 50 miles south of Chicago. [ read more … ]

Obama touts wind credit in Iowa

By Alex Guillen, Politico  •    •  Posted 2012-05-25 11:38:18

President Barack Obama used a visit to Iowa, the state with the most wind jobs, to push Congress on federal support for wind manufacturers Thursday — but not without blowback from critics who argue the measure is too expensive. The wind production tax credit, which expires at the end of this year, must be extended by Congress to save jobs, Obama said after touring TPI Composites, a blade manufacturer in Newton, Iowa. [ read more … ]

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