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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 15, 2012

Lame duck may seal fate of transportation, wind, as time crunch intensifies

Nick Juliano and Elana Schor, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2012-06-15 12:23:37

Renewable power and transportation represent the two poles of America’s power mix, the former competing with gas and coal while the latter is yoked to oil. But as the partisan rancor of even-numbered years spikes to a presidential election-fueled high, builders of wind turbines and highways are in a surprisingly similar jam. Meanwhile, clean energy advocates have continued their push for quick action to renew a key break for the wind industry that gives developers a 2.2 cent tax credit for every kilowatt-hour of electricity they generate. Previous lapses in the production tax credit (PTC), which was first established in 1992, have caused deployment of wind turbines to virtually disappear, and industry backers say the economic pain would be even more acute this year because of significant growth in U.S.-based manufacturing of turbine components. [ read more … ]

Obama, Romney make energy a centerpiece of dueling speeches in Ohio

John McArdle, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-06-15 12:24:03

In dueling economic speeches today from different corners of the key presidential battleground of Ohio, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama agreed that the road back to American prosperity will be built in large part on jobs and growth in the energy industry. [ read more … ]

Bingaman says ‘erratic’ policies hurt U.S., help China in clean-tech market

John McArdle, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-06-15 12:24:20

As Congress continues a fierce debate over the extension of federal subsidy programs for alternative energy, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) today said that the inconsistent approach that the U.S. government has taken to promote clean technology is providing an advantage to China. [ read more … ]

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