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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 28, 2013

Obama announces climate hawk McDonough as new chief of staff

John McArdle, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-01-28 12:47:06

While he’s better known for his national security credentials, McDonough is also a climate hawk who, during his previous work at the liberal Center for American Progress (CAP), advocated for the United States to step up efforts to address carbon emissions (E&E Daily, Jan. 24). And when then-Sen. Obama was running for president, McDonough was a spokesman for Obama’s climate efforts and helped put together the campaign’s early energy platform. [ read more … ]

Minnesota Attorney General sues wind-energy firm for bilking Minn. farmers

DAN BROWNING , Minneapolis Star Tribune  •    •  Posted 2013-01-28 12:47:29

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson introduced Schroeder and other farmers Friday while announcing that she had filed a lawsuit against the company and its owner, Shawn Dooling, 46, of Shorewood, seeking to hold them accountable. Swanson alleges that they sold farmers in Minnesota and elsewhere faulty windmills utilizing federal stimulus money aimed at helping the country during the recession. Dooling and his sales staff promised state-of-the-art wind turbines that would last up to 25 years and qualify for federal grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. [ read more … ]

Learning From Setbacks

By PAUL GAYNOR, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2013-01-28 12:47:47

Failure has influenced my perspectives on business. I learned more from my couple of negative experiences than from the successes. Failure has made me skeptical about outcomes, which has influenced how I run First Wind. We take credit for something only when it actually happens and not a second before, because you can get burned in the final seconds of a deal. [ read more … ]

Ore. zones its coast for wave-energy development

Allison Winter, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-01-28 12:48:05

Oregon officials approved a marine zoning plan yesterday that designates offshore areas for renewable energy. Passage of the Oregon Territorial Sea Plan amendments ends a five-year moratorium on permitting for wave-energy projects along the state’s 300-mile coastline. Offshore energy developers and environmentalists praised the plan, which lets Oregon join Massachusetts and Rhode Island as the only states with ocean-management schemes. [ read more … ]

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