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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

May 10, 2013

With PTC secured for now, industry focuses on long-term growth

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-05-10 11:50:25

Blessed with some breathing room, the wind industry is taking a step back from last year’s aggressive lobbying push, which ended with a renewal of its lucrative tax credit, to chart a path away from the boom-and-bust cycle that has been inherent in its heavy reliance on government support, industry leaders said this week during a conference here. With the production tax credit effectively in place to support wind farm development at least through early 2015, the industry is brainstorming on how to get through the next five to six years, which developers and manufacturers say they need before they can compete — subsidy-free — with natural gas and other forms of electricity generation. At the same time, attention is focusing more heavily on the states, where mandates that utilities purchase renewable energy have increasingly come under attack from Republicans and conservative activists.
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Doubling power in mid-Atlantic, Midwest could save $7B annually — report

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-05-10 11:50:45

Clean energy advocates and former chairmen of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today unveiled a report that found doubling wind power in the Midwest and mid-Atlantic could lower the regions’ electricity prices but avoided the prickly question of who pays for those projects. Doubling wind power in the footprint of PJM Interconnection, a grid operator that oversees the electric grid in 13 states and Washington, D.C. — would lower greenhouse gas emissions and save the region almost $7 billion annually by 2026, according to the study from Synapse Energy Economics that was commissioned by Americans for a Clean Energy Grid. [ read more … ]

Climate change denial underpins GOP ‘confusion’ over energy — Waxman

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-05-10 11:51:02

Ranking House Energy and Commerce Democrat Henry Waxman today said a series of House GOP hearings on grid reliability reflect the deep “confusion” inside the Republican Party over climate change and represent a smoke screen for attacking renewables. Republicans on the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, the Californian said, can’t seem to decide whether they like cheap gas or see it as a threat to the coal industry. They also seem unsure whether they should celebrate the country’s reduced carbon emissions or avoid the issue altogether, Waxman said. [ read more … ]

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