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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 2, 2012

Expected Chu departure sparks second-term speculation

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-11-02 12:27:01

No matter who wins the White House next week, Steven Chu is widely expected to soon book a one-way ticket back to California, sparking heightened speculation over who may be tapped to take over after his embattled term leading the Department of Energy if President Obama is re-elected. [ read more … ]

Study by oil-backed group says wind industry doesn’t need tax credit

By Ben Geman, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2012-11-02 12:27:33

Critics of tax credits for wind energy projects are intensifying their push to kill the incentive with a study that calls it “rent seeking” by an established industry that doesn’t need the subsidy. The conservative American Energy Alliance (AEA) unveiled the study Thursday as wind power companies — joined by allies including President Obama — are pushing Congress to renew credits that are scheduled to lapse at year’s end. [ read more … ]

NREL expansion could add 60 turbines to wind center south of Boulder

McClatchy-Tribune Regional New  •    •  Posted 2012-11-02 12:27:58

Plans are in the works for a potential large-scale expansion of the National Wind Technology Center, the nation’s premier wind energy research facility known for its towering, white windmills on the southern periphery of Boulder County. According to a U.S. Department of Energy letter obtained by the Daily Camera on Wednesday, federal officials envision nearly quadrupling the number of wind turbines from the 16 that currently exist at the center, installing up to 30 meteorological towers and constructing more than 60,000 square feet of laboratory and conference space. [ read more … ]

Utilities pour millions into defeating Mich. ballot proposition

E&E  •    •  Posted 2012-11-02 12:28:18

Michigan’s two largest electric utilities have given $11 million each to defeat Proposal 3, which would require state utilities to derive at least 25 percent of their energy from clean renewable sources by 2025. Clean Affordable Renewable Energy (CARE) for Michigan has raised $24 million to defeat the measure, while Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs, which supports the measure, has raised roughly $12 million. [ read more … ]

Study argues PTC unneeded, acknowledges short-term contraction likely

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-11-02 12:28:38

A new study funded by opponents of a key wind industry tax credit argues that the incentive should disappear this year because wind developers have a bright long-term future driven by state-level renewable energy policies. The report from the American Energy Alliance does little to contradict the gloomy scenario of lost jobs and sharply reduced development that wind industry backers see on the immediate horizon without an extension of the tax credit, and it was funded by a fossil-fuel-industry-backed organization that opposes even the state-level incentives that undergird wind’s future. [ read more … ]

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