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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 15, 2012

Political slugfest in Mich. over renewable energy ballot proposal

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-10-15 12:44:47

The idea of raising renewable standards may not be a focus on Capitol Hill, but in Michigan, the concept is spurring an expensive political brawl with repercussions for the Midwest’s future power mix and manufacturing base. A proposal on the state ballot that would raise the state’s renewable energy standard to 25 percent by 2025 is pitting utilities, chambers of commerce and their allies against environmentalists, public health advocates, faith groups and national organizations from as far away as San Francisco. Supporters say the measure will generate a wind energy surge and jump-start the state’s economy, while opponents argue the plan will cause costs to spiral, ruin the landscape and create mass regulatory confusion [ read more … ]

Vestas fires 20% of U.S. workforce on tax credit uncertainty

  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-10-15 12:45:13

The biggest wind turbine manufacturer in the world has axed about 20 percent of its U.S. jobs as the company waits to see whether the wind production tax credit will be extended in 2013. Vestas Wind Systems A/S made the cuts despite having the “busiest year ever in the U.S. and Canada by supplying wind turbines to more than 20 new wind power projects,” Martha Wyrsch, president of Vestas’ Americas unit, said in a statement. “However, the U.S. wind industry has slowed largely due to the uncertainty surrounding the federal production tax credit extension.” [ read more … ]

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