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January 9, 2013

Challenges Ahead for Wind Power Developers

By KATE GALBRAITH, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2013-01-09 13:01:52

Last week, global wind turbine manufacturers heaved a sigh of relief after the U.S. government extended a tax credit considered crucial to the industry.
But 2013 will still bring challenges to wind developers around the world. In the United States, long-term uncertainty about the tax credit — which was extended for only one year, after considerable political tension — will continue. Growth in China is expected to slow, a casualty of constraints on the electric grid. And Spain, an important market in Europe, has stalled.
“The industry’s rate of growth will slow substantially in the coming few years,” the Brussels-based Global Wind Energy Council said in a report released in November. A global deal to put a price on planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions would bolster the outlook for wind power, the report said, but such a deal seems unlikely.
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Lots of talk about Gregoire as rumor mill churns on administrator opening

Jeremy P. Jacobs and Jean Chemnick, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2013-01-09 13:02:35

Put the name of Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire on top of the list of potential nominees to run U.S. EPA in President Obama’s second term. That’s the talk these days among EPA watchers in Washington, D.C. Gregoire, a Democrat whose second term ends this month, had been rumored to be under consideration for several administration positions, including the Department of Energy, but until Friday wasn’t believed to be in the running for EPA chief. [ read more … ]

Hands Off, Oil Industry Warns Government

By JOHN M. BRODER, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2013-01-09 13:02:57

Jack Gerard, the often-combative chief executive of the American Petroleum Institute, said Tuesday that the United States was “at the crossroads of a great turning point” in the nation’s energy history. As long as Congress and the Obama administration don’t mess it up, he warned. [ read more … ]

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