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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 6, 2012

News Summary: Jobs dwindle during green debate

By Associated Press, Published: November 5  •    •  Posted 2012-11-06 13:03:34

HEADWINDS: The wind energy boom President Barack Obama touted as key to his energy strategy has hit a wall in an election-year dispute over taxpayer support for renewable energy. [ read more … ]

Conservative group gunning for state renewable mandates

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-11-06 13:03:56

A coalition of businesses and conservative state legislators is aiming to eliminate state-level renewable energy standards. The American Legislative Exchange Council last month approved a model bill that would end requirements that utilities generate a set amount of electricity from renewable sources, such as wind and solar. ALEC connects businesses and state lawmakers to push free-market legislation, and state lawmakers who are members of ALEC often introduce the model bills in their home legislatures. [ read more … ]

Is renewable energy contagious? Research shows a ‘peer effect’

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-11-06 13:04:19

Outside of policy debates over tax credits and carbon pricing, something much simpler may be holding back the spread of renewable energy: its novelty. For much of the country’s consumer base, new energy technologies like photovoltaic arrays and smart meters represent an untried frontier. Without knowledge of the benefits these technologies can bring, consumers are hesitant to embrace them. [ read more … ]

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