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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 8, 2013

Rumored Gregoire nomination shines light on governors’ climate efforts

Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-01-08 13:19:24

An unconfirmed nod for Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire (D) to head U.S. EPA could indicate that Obama will nominate someone with a leadership background on climate change. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported on Friday that Gregoire — who has served two terms and will relinquish her post next week to Gov.-elect Jay Inslee (D) — is the White House’s top pick to replace Lisa Jackson as administrator of EPA.
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Georgia Power to shutter 15 coal- and oil-fired power plants

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-01-08 13:19:41

Georgia’s largest power provider announced today that it will retire 15 coal- and oil-fired generating units by April 2016.
Georgia Power, Southern Co.’s largest division, said it will ask the Georgia Public Service Commission to decertify units at four of its power plants as it reformulates its generating strategy [ read more … ]

Xcel Energy clarifies wind energy position after lobbyist implies doubt

By Leslie Brooks Suzukamo, Pioneer Press  •    •  Posted 2013-01-08 13:19:58

Xcel Energy, long the nation’s top wind energy provider, had to do some damage control Monday, Jan. 7, after its chief Washington lobbyist implied the Minnesota utility was considering a split with its wind energy allies. Company officials told state wind energy advocates the Minneapolis-based utility is not abandoning wind power and chalked up its lobbyist’s statements to frustration and fatigue over a last-minute tax credit extension inserted in the New Year’s Day fiscal cliff bill. [ read more … ]

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