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August 15, 2012

Wind credit likely to stay

Written by JENNIFER JACOBS AND JASON NOBLE, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2012-08-15 12:08:57

All the huff and puff on the campaign trail in Iowa aside, it’s likely that the wind energy tax credit will pass this fall, Iowans who follow the issue say. It’s a topic that Iowa voters typically don’t bring up. But President Barack Obama loves to talk about it because it gives him an opening to bash GOP rival Mitt Romney for being opposed to an incentive that all of Iowa’s top politicians consider important. [ read more … ]

DOE: Iowa’s wind energy industry among the fastest-growing in country

Perry Beman, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2012-08-15 12:09:20

According to the 2011 Wind Technologies Market Report, Iowa is one the country’s largest and fastest growing wind markets, ranking second among all U.S. states in percentage of in-state electricity generation from wind power. The report finds that in 2011, Iowa installed 647 megawatts (MW) of new wind power capacity, bringing its total to over 4,300 MW, or enough to power about 1 million homes. With this installed capacity, Iowa can generate about 20 percent of its electricity from wind energy. [ read more … ]

As wind credit remains campaign-trail focus, DOE report says extension vital

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-08-15 12:09:44

As the debate over wind energy subsidies heats up the campaign trail, the Department of Energy today released a report showing that stable policy support has boosted wind installations and manufacturing in recent years and arguing that expiration of a key tax credit could spell doom for the industry next year. [ read more … ]

Obama and Romney square off on energy issues

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-08-15 12:10:02

The U.S. wind sector grew substantially during 2011, a trend that is expected to continue until the end of this year, according to a new report by the Department of Energy. Lingering uncertainty over the fate of federal incentives for renewable energy, however — primarily the production tax credit and investment tax credit for renewable energy, both set to expire in December — could see that growth decline severely in only a matter of months, the document notes. [ read more … ]

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