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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

December 5, 2012

Officials waiting for wind energy tax break

Written by Adam B Sullivan, Iowa City Press-Citizen  •    •  Posted 2012-12-05 13:09:00

Insiders are optimistic that Congress will extend wind energy tax breaks, but that doesn’t mean Iowa’s wind industry will see a quick boon. Iowa’s interests in the wind industry has pushed the state’s policymakers to be spokespeople for the federal tax breaks. For instance, Republican Gov. Terry Branstad went to Washington, D.C., last month for a news conference about the tax credit, while U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, delivered a speech on the House floor in support of the extension. [ read more … ]

Outlook for Offshore Wind: Dark and Stormy

By MATTHEW L. WALD, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2012-12-05 13:09:12

A new worldwide survey of offshore wind installations takes a look at why it might be slow going in the United States, which still doesn’t have any. Navigant Consulting, reviewing conditions at the end of last year, found that building a wind machine offshore in Europe cost about 4 million euros (around $5.1 million) per megawatt of capacity. By comparison, wind turbines built onshore in the United States (the only point of comparison for now) cost about $2 million per megawatt. [ read more … ]

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