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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

August 30, 2012

Industry groups sell profit-making, not planet-saving, at GOP convention

Elana Schor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-08-30 12:18:32

The American Petroleum Institute is inescapable here, its name attached to briefings and concerts while its campaign logo adorns free sunglasses and sunscreen. But clean energy is not invisible to Republicans during their quadrennial celebration. Even as GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney emphasizes the oil, gas and coal elements of what his party likes to call an “all of the above” strategy, businesses that traffic in renewables and efficiency are honing their energy pitch to conservatives. Their language tends to sidestep climate change and the environment while emphasizing profits and growth — talk tailor-made to persuade a potential Romney administration that fossil fuels are not the only game in town. [ read more … ]

Wind layoffs mostly hitting constituents of PTC supporters

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-08-30 12:18:52

The spate of layoffs that wind industry advocates have warned about has accelerated in recent weeks, with workers losing their jobs in key wind states such as Iowa and Colorado in a trend expected to continue at least into next year. The layoffs can be pinned in part on congressional foot-dragging around an expiring tax break for wind energy that the industry says must be extended beyond the end of this year. The growing number of people — many of whom are likely to cast ballots in November — who have lost or are in danger of losing jobs put a face on the consequences of Congress’ inaction [ read more … ]

Vestas, Mitsubishi in talks over wind deal

  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-08-30 12:19:11

A strategic tie-up between Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and Vestas Wind Systems could help the struggling Danish wind turbine producer regain its financial security, Vestas said yesterday. The world’s biggest wind turbine maker has been facing sharp losses, fueling speculation the company may issue new shares or be bought out entirely. Yesterday, share prices rose 19 percent after news of the two companies’ talks. [ read more … ]

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