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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 7, 2012

Wind energy tax credit has bipartisan support, Rove, Gibbs say

BY KRISTI E. SWARTZ, Atlanta Journal-Constitution  •    •  Posted 2012-06-07 11:47:04

“We need conservative Republicans who can say, ‘This means jobs to my district,’ … and we need Democrats to say, ‘This is a way to expand the range of options that we have in this country for energy,’ ” said Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff and senior adviser to President George W. Bush. The measure, which expires Dec. 31, gives 2.2 cents in tax breaks for every kilowatt-hour of electricity produced by wind turbines and biomass, geothermal and landfill gas plants. Extending the tax credit would give wind energy manufacturers and suppliers more certainty that their business will move forward. An additional four years of federal incentives also is enough time to lower the cost of wind power to the point that it is as cheap as traditional sources of electricity such as coal and natural gas, industry supporters say. [ read more … ]

Sierra Club begins pressing Congress to extend production tax credit

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-06-07 11:47:49

The Sierra Club this week launched a new lobbying campaign designed to persuade Congress to extend a lucrative federal tax incentive that’s credited with expanding the wind power industry and supporting tens of thousands of jobs. The “Wind Works” campaign, which the Sierra Club formally launched yesterday, comes as President Obama continues to press Congress to extend the production tax credit (PTC) that’s set to expire at the end of the year. [ read more … ]

Orgeon Gov. John Kitzhaber releases draft of Oregon’s 10-year energy plan

By Ted Sickinger, The Oregonian  •    •  Posted 2012-06-07 11:48:08

ov. John Kitzhaber on Tuesday released a new draft of his 10-year energy action plan that outlines a host of regulatory and legislative measures to boost conservation and renewable energy and transform Oregon’s transportation sector to use less fuel and emit less greenhouse gases. The plan calls for meeting 100 percent of Oregon’s electricity demand growth during the next 10 years through expanded conservation and efficiency programs. The state will start at home, with a state building innovation lab and retrofits of up to four million feet of state-owned office space. The plan also calls for expansion of conservation tax incentives, the Small Scale Energy Loan Program, and programs like Clean Energy Works that coordinate bank-funded home retrofits with repayment on utility bills. [ read more … ]

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