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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 15, 2012

OPINION CONTRIBUTOR: A vote for an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy policy

  •  POLITICO  •  Posted 2012-11-15 13:09:01

As the 18th-century English diarist Samuel Johnson said, “the prospect of a hanging concentrates the mind wonderfully.” In the energy field, it was the oil shocks of the 1970s that first focused our attention on the peril of banking our future on fossil fuels alone. Since then, policy makers, industry leaders and consumers have accelerated development of all energy sources, such as wind power, that help reduce our dependence on foreign energy, create new jobs that can’t be outsourced, and boost local economies. [ read more … ]

Governor Branstad, Senator Grassley push for extension of wind tax credit

By Dar Danielson, Iowa Radio  •  POLITICO  •  Posted 2012-11-15 13:09:35

Governor Terry Branstad joined counterparts from three other states who are part of the Governor’s Wind Energy Coalition in Washington, D.C. Tuesday to call for a multi-year extension of the wind energy tax credit. Branstad is the chair of the bipartisan coalition of 28 governors. “Significant private sector investment in wind energy has occurred because of the support of both the federal and state policies. Our state has been the beneficiary of that, as have many states in this country,” Branstad said. Branstad, a Republican, said Iowa has already seen a negative economic impact over the uncertainty of the extension of the credit. [ read more … ]

Tax credit for wind farms blown into “fiscal cliff” debate

  •  Reuters  •  Posted 2012-11-15 13:10:04

Iowa Republican Senator Charles Grassley said he is hopeful Congress will renew a tax credit for wind energy but acknowledged that its fate depends on sweeping negotiations over tax and spending issues in coming weeks. Grassley, instigator of a 22-year-old production tax credit that has driven expansion of wind farms and related manufacturers, made his comments as governors from wind-producing states and companies involved in the industry pushed to keep the subsidy alive. [ read more … ]

Kitzhaber urges Congress to renew wind energy tax credit

Written by Raju Chebium, annett Washington Bureau  •  Reuters  •  Posted 2012-11-15 13:10:31

Gov. John Kitzhaber and a bipartisan group of lawmakers urged Congress on Tuesday to extend production tax credits for the wind-energy industry before the end of the year. Kitzhaber joined fellow Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado, Republican Govs. Terry Branstad of Iowa and Sam Brownback of Kansas, and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, to push for the wind production tax credit to be renewed beyond Dec. 31. [ read more … ]

3 New England wind farms will launch this year

  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-11-15 13:10:50

The largest wind farm in Massachusetts will begin operating before the end of the year and will sell power to NStar Inc. The Blue Sky East project is the first of three wind farms in New England that will create enough power for 50,000 homes. It will likely boost economic activity in the rural area and will act as a source of cheaper electricity for NStar’s customers. [ read more … ]

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