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July 31, 2012

Wind energy tax credit splits Obama, Romney

Written by Jennifer Jacobs, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2012-07-31 12:24:08

The lines are now drawn on a political hot button in Iowa: a lucrative tax break for wind energy. Mitt Romney is against it, President Barack Obama favors it — opposing stances that could have political and economic implications in Iowa, which has more wind energy jobs than any other state in the nation.
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Romney comes out in firm opposition to PTC extension

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-07-31 12:24:29

Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign came out yesterday with its strongest opposition to date on extending a key wind industry tax credit, saying the presumptive Republican nominee will allow it “to expire” and tying the issue to broader opposition to President Obama’s support for renewable energy. Romney had not shied away from criticizing Obama’s support for renewable energy — highlighting the loan guarantee to now-bankrupt solar panel manufacturer Solyndra, among other issues, at numerous campaign stops this year — but the candidate until yesterday had avoided taking a firm position on the production tax credit for wind, which is set to expire at the end of the year. [ read more … ]

FWS issues draft habitat conservation plan for Northeast wind farm

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-07-31 12:24:59

A 70-megawatt wind farm in northwest Maryland would be the first in the Northeast to receive an approved habitat conservation plan under a draft proposal unveiled today by the Fish and Wildlife Service.
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