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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 1, 2013

Carper foresees projects under construction in 2013 but touts need for tax credits

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-02-01 12:49:00

Delaware Sen. Tom Carper (D) today said that he believes the United States could see construction of its first couple of offshore wind farms in 2013 but that lawmakers must extend key tax incentives to keep the nascent industry afloat. Carper, who co-sponsored a measure with former Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) last Congress that would extend the investment tax credit to the first 3,000 megawatts of offshore wind projects that go into service, said he’ll be pushing his plan again as lawmakers discuss comprehensive tax reform. [ read more … ]

Wind energy could mean jobs in the Nebraska’s Panhandle

By BRANDON NELSON Staff Reporter, Scottsbluff Star Herald  •    •  Posted 2013-02-01 12:49:16

The Nebraska breeze could blow in about $690 million in annual income and 14,000 new jobs in the next 17 years. According to John Crabtree, media director at the Center for Rural Affairs, choosing to invest in energy diversification and wind energy development would bring real economic opportunities to rural Nebraska. “If we do this, for once we would be supporting a development that wasn’t focused on Lincoln and Omaha,” he said. “This wouldn’t be happening in urban centers, it would be out here.” [ read more … ]

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