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July 23, 2013

With push from tax break, wind industry slowly moves out of the doldrums

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-07-23 12:37:34

More than six months after Congress extended a vital tax break for U.S. wind energy developers, the industry is showing signs of strengthening as electric utilities and high-profile companies such as Wal-Mart, Google, Microsoft and Apple chart their growth strategies around the use of wind and other renewable energy resources.
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‘We have a clear responsibility to act now on climate change,’ McCarthy tells employees

John McArdle, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-07-23 12:38:06

Newly installed U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy distributed a brief video message to staffers this morning laying out her priorities as she officially takes the reins of the 17,000-employee agency. McCarthy, who was sworn in Friday after a tough confirmation battle on Capitol Hill, said that the agency is facing a “defining” moment in large part because President Obama has called on the agency to take the lead in his new push to fight climate change. [ read more … ]

Poll finds growing Republican support for Obama’s climate change plan

E&E  •    •  Posted 2013-07-23 12:38:25

A bipartisan national poll conducted for the Natural Resources Defense Council found that two-thirds of registered voters approve of the most controversial proposal in President Obama’s recent climate change action plan. “This is something the American people are strongly behind,” said Peter Altman, director of the NRDC’s climate and clean air campaign. “They’re behind it from both parties.”
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Clean energy group taps PR firm to advocate for Binz amid mounting attacks

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-07-23 12:38:43

Clean energy advocates have hired a Washington, D.C.-based public relations firm to advocate for President Obama’s pick to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and thwart increasing attacks from Colorado’s coal industry and free market groups. Green Tech Action Fund, a San Francisco group that describes itself as a nonpartisan grant-making organization, has hired VennSquared Communications to advocate for Ron Binz as the next chairman of FERC. [ read more … ]

N.J. regulators deliver setback to planned project

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-07-23 12:38:59

Utility regulators in New Jersey have rejected an agreement intended to clear the way for construction to begin on the state’s first offshore wind farm, creating more obstacles for the project, which developers aim to significantly advance by the end of this year in order to claim a lucrative federal tax credit. [ read more … ]

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