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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 5, 2012

Sen. Klobuchar blasts lack of national renewable energy standard

Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-09-05 12:25:39

Energy regulations will be key to congressional efforts to revive the U.S. economy, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said today while also expressing disappointment that the White House has failed to pursue a national renewable energy standard. “When you start seeing energy as a solution to the economy, then you start looking at it differently,” the Democrat said during an energy efficiency event at the Democratic National Convention sponsored by the Echo Foundation and The Charlotte Observer and The Hill newspapers. Klobuchar touted her home state’s 2007 renewable energy standard and lamented what she called “missed opportunities” for a similar national program. [ read more … ]

Boosters promote wind energy power lines

McClatchy-Tribune Regional News – John Molseed Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Iowa  •    •  Posted 2012-09-05 12:26:08

Clean Line Energy, a Texas-based company, is planning to build 500 miles of power lines across Iowa and Illinois dubbed the “Rock Island Clean Line.” Officials from Clean Line were in Waterloo last week to meet with interested contractors to talk about the project’s needs. [ read more … ]

Romney, Obama agree: Man-made climate change is happening

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-09-05 12:26:28

Man-made global warming is happening, President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney agreed in answers released today on the independent website ScienceDebate, but neither candidate provided specifics about what kind of future policies would be needed to slow climate change or guard against its adverse effects. [ read more … ]

Wyden — due to become energy panel’s top Democrat — sketches out priorities

Josh Kurtz, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-09-05 12:26:49

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, who is almost certain to become the top Democrat on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee in the next Congress regardless of whether his party keeps the Senate majority, said today that he sees “a lot of opportunities for bipartisanship” in the years ahead. [ read more … ]

Japanese companies invest $1.5B in offshore wind

E&E  •    •  Posted 2012-09-05 12:27:07

Hitachi Zosen Corp., Toshiba Corp., JFE Steel Corp. and three other companies have teamed up to invest about $1.53 billion over a decade in offshore wind projects, according to a Japanese newspaper. The project is expected to produce 300,000 kilowatts of energy and could be located off the southern Japanese coast, the Nikkei newspaper reported. [ read more … ]

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