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June 10, 2013

Blown away

The Economist, Jun 8th 2013 | CHICAGO  •    •  Posted 2013-06-10 11:52:17

ON A breezy day in October last year the governor of Kansas, Sam Brownback, took a tour of his state’s flourishing oil- and gas-exploration industry. But as the bus travelled across the open plains it was difficult not to notice a new phenomenon in Kansan energy: wind turbines. Lots of them. Last year the state doubled its wind-power capacity; this now provides 11% of its electricity. But a weatherbeaten oil man, looking up at one inactive turbine, remarked that the thing did little more than suck up government subsidies. [ read more … ]

Michigan Governor Wants to Increase Renewable Energy Mandate

Taylor Smith, Heartland Institute  •    •  Posted 2013-06-10 11:52:43

In a recent AP interview, Republican Michigan Governor Rick Snyder says he wants to increase the state’s renewable energy mandate, a 2008 law that requires utilities to get at least 10 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2015. [ read more … ]

California bill would raise renewable energy target to 51% by 2030

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-06-10 11:53:22

California lawmakers are considering a major boost in the state’s renewable energy targets. State Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez (D) on Wednesday added language to a bill that would require the state’s utilities to get 51 percent of their electricity from renewable energy by 2030. The current target is 33 percent by 2020, which utilities are on their way to meeting [ read more … ]

Nebraska Wind farm targeted by bill still up in air

By Paul Hammel / World-Herald bureau  •    •  Posted 2013-06-10 11:53:39

A new wind energy tax incentive signed into law last week was touted as a way to lure a wind farm worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Nebraska, but that’s no sure thing. The sponsors of the wind bill say the incentive has already drawn the interest of wind energy development companies, but there is no guarantee that the $300 million to $400 million wind farm will come here. [ read more … ]

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