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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

July 2, 2012

Gridlock in D.C. may give edge to renewables

Written by CHRISTOPHER DOERING, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2012-07-02 12:23:51

Big oil and natural gas companies vastly outspend and outman the renewable fuels industry on Capitol Hill, but the general gridlock in Washington gives advocates of wind, ethanol and other new-age sources an edge in the growing battle to overhaul U.S. energy policy. “This Congress seems unable to make a national energy policy,” said Bruce Babcock, an Iowa State University economist. “The renewable fuels have an advantage in that they are part of current law, and it’s always easier to maintain current law than it is to change it.” [ read more … ]

Another Maine wind farm nears first spin

By Glenn Adams, ASSOCIATED PRESS  •    •  Posted 2012-07-02 12:24:12

Towers are beginning to take form as construction progresses at Maine’s newest wind farm. All of the tower sections have arrived by ship from Denmark and will be delivered over a matter of weeks to the site of the $76 million Bull Hill project in central Hancock County, about 18 miles northeast of Ellsworth. [ read more … ]

Federal tax credit, condors test latest large-scale Calif. project

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-07-02 12:24:34

The Obama administration has taken the first major step toward approving a wind farm project in California that would cover nearly 3,200 acres of already-disturbed desert flatlands, avoiding culturally significant landscapes that have slowed other renewables projects in the state. [ read more … ]

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