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March 21, 2013

Climate change a top concern for Washington Gov. Inslee

By Andrew Garber, Seattle Times Olympia bureau  •    •  Posted 2013-03-21 12:17:58

There was a telling moment just before Gov. Jay Inslee raised his right hand and took the oath of office. He was introduced as a politician who sees climate change as “an existential threat that transcends politics.” “More than any other president or governor before him, Jay has an electoral mandate on this issue,” Denis Hayes, organizer of the first Earth Day in 1970, told a packed audience in the rotunda two months ago. If lawmakers did not grasp the significance of those remarks then, they do now. [ read more … ]

New Bill Aims To Boost Pennsylvania’s Renewable Portfolio Standard

by North American Windpower Staff  •    •  Posted 2013-03-21 12:18:29

Pennsylvania State Rep. Greg Vitali has introduced legislation that would increase the amount of electricity that the commonwealth’s utilities must obtain from wind power and other renewable energy sources. H.B.100 would amend the Pennsylvania Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards (AEPS) Act by requiring Pennsylvania utilities to obtain 15% of their power from renewable sources by 2023, compared to the current AEPS requirements of 4% by 2013 and 8% by 2021. [ read more … ]

Xcel hits Upper Midwest wind power record

DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune Updated: March 19, 2013  •    •  Posted 2013-03-21 12:18:47

The utility normally gets about 12 percent of its power from regional wind farms. But one night last month, the wind share hit nearly a third. Xcel Energy Inc., the nation’s No. 1 wind-power utility, said Tuesday it set a record for wind generation in the Upper Midwest. [ read more … ]

Legislation encourages wind farm, but hurdles remain for Maryland

By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun  •    •  Posted 2013-03-21 12:19:05

After three years of trying, Gov. Martin O’Malley has won approval of legislation that aims to spur construction of towering wind turbines off Maryland’s Atlantic coast. Now comes the hard part. Daunting regulatory, political and financial hurdles remain before a wind-driven power plant could be built in the water 10 to 20 miles from Ocean City. Even if all goes right, construction could be four to seven years away, industry and government experts say — long after O’Malley has left the State House. [ read more … ]

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