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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 17, 2013

Texas poised to double wind energy output

  •    •  Posted 2013-02-17 19:04:17

The big challenge: getting all the wind energy produced out here in far West Texas to the big cities that need the power. So the state is laying thousands of miles of transmission lines to get the job done. Construction is supposed to be completed by the end of the year. It can’t happen soon enough for Doug May. May’s the economic development director for Pecos County. The $6.8 billion the state is spending on new transmission lines will double the capacity to deliver wind power to Texas cities. [ read more … ]

Texas wind advocates fear fracking’s advance in Legislature

E&E  •    •  Posted 2013-02-17 19:04:34

Proponents of renewable energy are bracing themselves for a Texas Legislature that no longer supports renewables, instead favoring cheap natural gas, tight budgets and tea party policies. [ read more … ]

Shale oil surge may put wind, solar investment at risk — enviros

  •    •  Posted 2013-02-17 19:04:56

The global expansion of relatively inexpensive shale oil may threaten investment in renewable energy and global emissions goals and could pose other environmental risks, environmentalists warned in the wake of a report that found shale oil could make up 12 percent of oil production by 2035.
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Federal approval near for sprawling Calif. wind project

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-02-17 19:05:21

The Obama administration is proposing to significantly reduce the size and energy output of a large-scale wind farm project proposal in Southern California to avoid impacts to golden eagles and endangered condors. At issue is the Bureau of Land Management’s final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Alta East Wind Project, which includes a “preferred alternative” that the project be significantly scaled back from the original proposal to string together as many as 106 wind turbines across more than 2,500 acres of mostly public land in Kern County, according to an advance notice published in today’s Federal Register. [ read more … ]

Sanders aims to eliminate fossil support, extend renewable tax credits

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-02-17 19:05:37

The debate over tax reform is just starting on Capitol Hill, and its implications for energy companies have not yet been a central piece of lawmakers’ discussions, but Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is claiming the left flank of the debate with legislation introduced yesterday. Sanders’ bill would eliminate a broad swath of tax benefits for oil and natural gas companies while extending renewable energy tax credits through 2020 — longer than even some renewable industry officials think those credits will be necessary. [ read more … ]

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