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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 13, 2013

Obama vows quicker permitting, urges infrastructure and alt vehicle funding

Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-02-13 13:25:42

“Last year, wind energy added nearly half of all new power capacity in America,” he said. “So let’s generate even more. Solar energy gets cheaper by the year. Let’s drive down costs even further. As long as countries like China keep going all-in on clean energy, so must we.”
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Obama urges congressional action in State of the Union — but might take matters into his own hands

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-02-13 13:26:01

President Obama showed last night that he was eager to spend his renewed political capital on priorities that he sometimes downplayed during his first four years in office — notably climate change. Obama devoted more than two paragraphs of his State of the Union address to the issue, portraying climate change as a dangerous threat to be avoided through regulation if legislation proves to be impossible. “For the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change,” said the president, lowering his voice and slowing his pace for emphasis. [ read more … ]

CNN Fact Check: Wind energy breezes into the record books

By Emily Smith, CNN  •    •  Posted 2013-02-13 13:26:21

“Last year, wind energy added nearly half of all new power capacity in America. So let’s generate even more.” In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama talked up alternative energy. Not only did Obama tout the solar and natural gas industries’ recent gains, he also talked up the amount of wind energy that’s now fueling the country. Did turbines do their jobs, or is this all just hot air? [ read more … ]

Obama poised to issue executive order — sources

Hannah Northey and Annie Snider, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2013-02-13 13:26:38

President Obama is expected to issue an executive order today or tomorrow aimed at bolstering cybersecurity on the electric grid and critical infrastructure, according to industry sources. The White House last year was rumored to be considering an executive order after Congress failed to push through legislation to protect the system. The measure would have set up a special cybersecurity council under the Department of Homeland Security and included voluntary standards for companies and regulations covering especially vital systems [ read more … ]

O’Malley to testify before Senate committee on offshore wind energy

  •  By Associated Press, Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 3:48 AM  •  Posted 2013-02-13 13:26:51

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley plans to testify before a state Senate committee about a key part of his environmental agenda, an offshore wind energy bill that the panel has twice failed to pass. The governor is scheduled to testify Wednesday before the Senate Finance Committee. The senate’s president has moved a member of committee to another panel in order to get the votes needed to move the measure to the full Senate, where it has enough sponsors to pass this year.
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