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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 30, 2012

Obama, Romney disagree over tax break for wind energy

BY SEAN COCKERHAM, Kansas City Star  •    •  Posted 2012-10-30 12:28:30

The wind energy industry is at a crossroads, rapidly shedding jobs and preparing for bigger layoffs if Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney gets his way and a billion-dollar tax break for the industry is allowed to expire. It’s become a contentious issue in the campaign, and it’s at the center of the battle between President Barack Obama and Romney over federal investment in renewable energy at a time of government budget deficits. The stakes are heightened by the fact that crucial swing states in the election are among the nation’s leaders in wind power jobs.
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Contractor seeks to take over Minn. wind farm to save it

John Miller, AP/St. Paul Pioneer Press  •    •  Posted 2012-10-30 12:29:05

Fagen Inc., a contractor for Exergy Development Group, says it is entitled to ownership of Exergy’s Big Blue Project near Blue Earth, Minn. In a lawsuit, the contractor says a February pact it struck with Exergy gives it control of the Big Blue Project because the Idaho company hasn’t come up with an $11.4 million loan repayment. [ read more … ]

German wind turbines overloading European grid, highlighting problem of wind power oversupply

Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2012-10-30 12:29:27

Central and Eastern European countries are moving to disconnect their power lines from Germany’s as a glut of wind-generated electricity risks causing blackouts. It is a situation that highlights the difficulty many countries are facing as they try to integrate the world’s 200,000 wind turbines with aging and limited infrastructure. [ read more … ]

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