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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

May 31, 2012

Commerce places tariffs on Chinese-made wind towers

Gabriel Nelson, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-05-31 11:20:30

The Commerce Department ruled today that China has given improper subsidies to makers of steel towers used in utility-scale wind turbines, siding with American manufacturers and intensifying a trade dispute that is roiling the renewable energy industry. The tariffs that Commerce plans to place on Chinese imports at U.S. borders range from 13.74 percent to 26 percent, several times higher than the equivalent tariffs being placed on Chinese solar panels.
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Obama’s Aide On Climate Change Seeking Oil, Gas Allies

By Jim Snyder, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2012-05-31 11:20:51

Heather Zichal spent her early days in the Obama administration pushing a climate-change bill in Congress that oil and gas companies helped to derail. Now President Barack Obama has named Zichal, his deputy assistant for energy and climate change, as a liaison to that industry, and to make sure proposed rules don’t slow the surge in U.S. natural-gas development. [ read more … ]

Interior launches review of leasing area off Mass.

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-05-31 11:21:14

The Obama administration today announced plans to offer potentially hundreds of thousands of acres of federal waters off Massachusetts for commercial wind development, the latest in a sweeping Interior Department push to expand the nation’s renewable energy portfolio. The wind energy area about 10 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard was trimmed to avoid an area of high sea duck concentration, as well as an area important to commercial and recreational fishermen, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said. [ read more … ]

Threat of summer blackouts greatest in Texas, Calif. — report

Gabriel Nelson, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-05-31 11:21:37

If it gets hot enough for long enough, Texas and Southern California may not have the electricity to avoid outages this summer, the overseers of the nation’s power grid warned in a forecast today. Most parts of the country should make it through the summer without a problem, says the annual report by the North American Electric Reliability Corp., a quasi-public body that supervises the regional authorities that run the U.S. electric grid. [ read more … ]

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