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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

July 10, 2013

KS wind turbine manufacturer says it’s time to end subsidies

By Travis Perry, Kansas  •    •  Posted 2013-07-10 12:08:44

A major beneficiary of green energy tax breaks says the wind power industry needs to move toward a subsidy-free future if it has any hope of survival. Monika Wood, spokesperson for Siemens Wind Energy, told Kansas Watchdog that Congress’ on-again-off-again relationship with the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit has created instability in the wind industry and played a significant role in workforce fluctuations at a number of the company’s manufacturing facilities. [ read more … ]

Zichal briefs Senate Democrats on White House plan

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-07-10 12:09:08

The White House’s top adviser on climate change met today with Senate Democrats on Capitol Hill to answer their questions on President Obama’s recently unveiled plan. Heather Zichal spoke with 12 or more members of an informal climate caucus headed by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. [ read more … ]

Utilities mull responses to Obama on rules for existing power plants

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-07-10 12:09:28

President Obama’s call to action on climate change has electric utilities scrambling to craft a response to a key part of the president’s plan, a rule for curbing greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.

In a June 25 speech at Georgetown University, Obama asked U.S. EPA to include utilities and other stakeholders in rulemaking for power plants, which is widely expected to begin formally after Labor Day. The plan calls for EPA to complete a proposal by June 2014 and finalize a rule by 2015.

EPA, the president said, should craft the rules in an “open and transparent way, to provide flexibility to different states with different needs, and build on the leadership that many states, and cities, and companies have already shown.” The agency is being asked to consult with stakeholders ahead of the proposal’s completion. [ read more … ]

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