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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 14, 2013

Winter wind propels Texas to a new wind record of 9,481 MW

ERCOT News Release  •    •  Posted 2013-02-14 13:06:31

“As wind generation capacity continues to be added in ERCOT and additional transmission lines are being completed to accommodate that generation, we continue to set new records,” said Kent Saathoff, ERCOT’s vice president of Grid Operations and System Planning. “While wind generation over the course of a day can change very quickly, improved tools help us predict those patterns and enable us to reliably use this resource to its fullest potential.” [ read more … ]

Obama’s ‘not if, but when’ pledge on climate actions thrusts gas into spotlight

Joel Kirkland, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-02-14 13:06:50

In the first State of the Union address of his new term, President Obama embraced a series of policy trade-offs that fall under the White House’s “all of the above” energy rubric, including the expansion of oil and gas drilling and actions to combat global warming by reinvesting in clean energy technology. The speech reflected positions that emerged quickly over the past year, as the president barnstormed outside the oil hub in Cushing, Okla., and shaped his energy message in preparation for a re-election campaign. His message to Congress again put the energy security gained from more U.S. oil and gas production on the same fleet of energy and environmental prescriptions as technologies designed to replace carbon-intensive fossil fuels. [ read more … ]

Using Federal Oil Revenues to Cut America’s Oil Use

Mathew Wald, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2013-02-14 13:07:08

In his State of the Union message on Tuesday night, President Obama proposed the creation of an “Energy Security Trust” to find alternatives to dependence on oil for the nation’s transportation needs. The trust would be financed from revenue from oil and gas royalties that the federal government collects from companies that drill on federal land. As is customary in State of the Union speeches, Mr. Obama did not give much detail, but plenty of other voices were happy to fill in the blanks on Wednesday morning. The idea has obvious political appeal – using oil revenues to wean the country from oil – but it has a way to go before reaching fruition. [ read more … ]

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