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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

August 8, 2012

White House announces fast-track schedule for 5,000 MW of projects

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-08-08 12:31:09

The Obama administration yesterday said it will expedite approval of seven commercial-scale solar and wind projects on federal and tribal lands in Arizona, California, Nevada and Wyoming. The projects, which include a sprawling wind energy facility in southern Wyoming that would be the largest in North America, would generate a combined 5,000 megawatts, enough to power up to 1.5 million homes, the White House said. [ read more … ]

Industry, govt. officials point to 50 GW wind milestone in call for PTC extension

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-08-08 12:31:35

Kicking off a daylong gathering here devoted to promoting clean energy, the wind industry touted hitting a new milestone in installed capacity as industry representatives and their supporters in the Obama administration and on Capitol Hill called for an extension of a key tax break for wind electricity generation. With the first wind farm in Nevada coming online tomorrow, total installed capacity in the United States has reached 50 gigawatts, enough to power 13 million homes, said Denise Bode, head of the American Wind Energy Association. Bode told reporters at a news conference here that the industry was able to hit that capacity — double the 25 GW that was installed four years ago — because of a consistent ability to rely on the production tax credit. [ read more … ]

Interior advances R.I. transmission proposal

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-08-08 12:31:51

The Obama administration said it will begin reviewing a proposed transmission project to connect a wind farm off the Rhode Island coast after confirming there is no competitive interest in the area. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management finding is an important step for Deepwater Wind LLC’s 30-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm, which would be located within Rhode Island’s state waters. [ read more … ]

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