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August 6, 2012

Branstad says Romney “needs to be educated” about importance of wind energy

By O. Kay Henderson, Iowa Radio  •    •  Posted 2012-08-06 11:53:50

Iowa’s Republican governor blames “a bunch of east coast people” on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign for getting Romney to oppose federal tax breaks for the wind energy industry. During a brief interview with Radio Iowa, Governor Terry Branstad said he wants to talk directly with Romney about the value of the wind energy production tax credit. The credit is set to expire at the end of the year.
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Wind power hits 57% mark in Colorado

By Steve Hargreaves @CNNMoney  •    •  Posted 2012-08-06 11:54:15

During the early morning hours of April 15, with a steady breeze blowing down Colorado’s Front Range, the state’s biggest utility set a U.S. record — nearly 57% of the electricity being generated was coming from wind power. As dawn came and the 1.4 million customers in Xcel Energy’s service district began turning on the lights, toasters and other appliances, the utility’s coal and natural gas-fired power plants ramped up production and brought wind’s contribution back closer to its 2012 average of 17%. [ read more … ]

Exelon urges Congress to scrap wind credits

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-08-06 11:54:27

Exelon Corp. is calling for an end to production tax credits for wind power that will expire this year unless Congress acts to renew them. Christopher Crane, president and CEO of the Chicago-based utility, said during an earnings call Wednesday that the tax incentives have already been in place for two decades and should be halted. [ read more … ]

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