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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 28, 2012

OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Lawmakers, veterans boost pressure for wind credit

By Zack Colman and Ben Geman, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2012-11-28 13:12:48

A bipartisan group of lawmakers will join military veterans at a Wednesday event pressing Congress to extend a wind energy incentive. Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.), along with Reps. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) and Steve King (R-Iowa), will tout the wind industry as a job creator. The lawmakers also will present a petition signed by veterans across the country asking Congress to extend the credit. [ read more … ]

The rise and fall of the U.S. wind industry, in one chart

Posted by Brad Plumer, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2012-11-28 13:13:13

Twenty years ago, it would have been difficult to find a single wind turbine looming over the hills and plains of the United States. Things have changed since then — and dramatically so. Thanks to a series of tax credits from Congress as well as ambitious state-level mandates, wind power has taken off. Thousands of turbines now dot the landscape in states such as Texas and California. Last year, wind power generated 3 percent of the country’s electricity. The industry now employs roughly 75,000 Americans, in jobs like steel manufacturing or mechanical assembly. [ read more … ]

Bipartisan group calls on Obama to form energy council

  •    •  Posted 2012-11-28 13:13:38

Leaders of a Bipartisan Policy Center energy project today called on President Obama to create a new council headed by his Energy secretary that would craft a broad national agenda and coordinate policy across agencies. The proposed National Energy Strategy Council would include secretaries from numerous departments and release a plan by June 30, 2013, laying out the Obama administration’s energy goals, budget priorities and legislative agenda. [ read more … ]

Mass. regulators approve Cape Wind power contract

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-11-28 13:13:54

Officials in Massachusetts yesterday gave their expected blessing to a power purchase contract between Cape Wind and a state utility, clearing another key hurdle in the long-running effort to construct the first offshore wind farm in federal waters. The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities yesterday approved a contract between Cape Wind, an affiliate of Energy Management Inc., and state utility NStar for 27.5 percent of the 468-megawatt wind farm’s output. The DPU last year approved a separate power purchase agreement (PPA) between Cape Wind and National Grid for 50 percent of the output, and the remaining generation remains unsold. [ read more … ]

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