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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 16, 2012

Short-term PTC extension gaining momentum as bridge to phaseout

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-11-16 13:07:17

The push to extend a key wind industry tax break maintains solid bipartisan support, but several senators see a short-term extension expected to pass before the end of this year as a bridge to phase out the credit over the next three to five years.

The production tax credit for wind energy is scheduled to lapse Dec. 31, although the industry has been aggressively lobbying for an extension and has collected an impressive number of supporters on both sides of the aisle. While the credit’s immediate fate largely depends on the outcome of larger year-end negotiations, several key lawmakers are beginning to look ahead to where the PTC will fit into broader tax reform discussions expected to occupy Congress and the Obama administration next year. [ read more … ]

Some governors call for renewing wind-energy tax credit

By Nicholas Riccardi and Jeff Barnard, The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2012-11-16 13:07:41

The fate of a tax credit that advocates say is needed to maintain tens of thousands of wind-energy jobs will be decided during high-stakes, last-minute negotiations between President Obama and House Republicans over fiscal issues, officials said Tuesday. The wind-energy production tax credit is due to expire at the end of the year. Its extension stalled in Congress this summer amid fierce opposition from some conservative House Republicans. The last chance to extend the measure is in the budget deal that will be cut between Obama and Republicans in the lame-duck session of Congress. [ read more … ]

Obama plans further climate action but says a carbon tax ‘is hard’ to pass

Evan Lehmann, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-11-16 13:08:04

President Obama revealed yesterday that he’s searching for ways to address climate change in his second term by planning meetings with scientists and experts weeks after a re-election campaign in which he said very little about the topic. But when asked directly about taxing carbon, he declined to endorse the idea, which has gained traction among a handful of conservative think tanks and free-market groups as a source of revenue that might help close the deficit. [ read more … ]

Google’s investment in Iowa wind farm renews call for support of tax credit

Written by Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2012-11-16 13:08:25

Google is investing $75 million in a central Iowa wind farm that produces enough electricity to power 15,000 homes. It’s the California tech giant’s first investment in an Iowa wind generation project. Tuesday’s announcement sparked renewed support from political leaders to fight for extending tax credits for the wind industry, ranging from Sue Dvorsky, chairwoman of the Iowa Democratic Party, who called for bipartisan support, to U.S Rep. Tom Latham, R-Ia., who is “encouraged that Google recognizes the pivotal role that wind plays in securing securing energy independence.” [ read more … ]

Wind could supply up to 12% of global electricity by 2020, study says

Special to E&E  •    •  Posted 2012-11-16 13:08:46

Wind power could supply up to 12 percent of global electricity by 2020 and more than 20 percent by 2030, a new study by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and Greenpeace shows. Wind energy installations totaled 240 gigawatts globally by the end of 2011, and the industry is set to grow by at least another 40 GW this year, the study says. By 2020, under the scenario put forth by the International Energy Agency, total capacity would reach 587 GW, supplying about 6 percent of global electricity. [ read more … ]

Within 5 years, GM will ramp up EV production to 500,000 cars a year

Ben Klayman, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2012-11-16 13:09:04

By 2017, General Motors Co. plans to build as many as 500,000 electric vehicles a year, according to a company executive. GM global product development chief Mary Barra told reporters the company has prioritized producing cars with some form of electrical power. The number it’s shooting for would be equivalent to more than 5 percent of GM’s total global sales last year of about 9 million. [ read more … ]

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