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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 25, 2012

For Obama, fairness means no oil subsidies

Manuel Quinones  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-01-25 13:43:32

As part of his plan for a sustainable economy based on fair play, President Obama is repeating his call for Congress to scrap subsidies on the oil industry. During his State of the Union address last night, Obama likened tax incentives for big energy companies to millionaires who don’t pay their fair share. [ read more … ]

Obama stands firm behind CES, renewables

Hannah Northey  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-01-25 13:43:52

President Obama confronted a deeply divided and sluggish Congress last night and pledged to increase clean energy development on public lands. “The differences in this chamber may be too deep right now to pass a comprehensive plan to fight climate change,” Obama said during his State of the Union address. “But there’s no reason why Congress shouldn’t at least set a clean energy standard that creates a market for innovation.” [ read more … ]

Energy looms large in Obama’s agenda — and re-election plans

John McArdle  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-01-25 13:44:29

In his final State of the Union address before the 2012 election, President Obama did not shy away from some of the same energy and environmental issues that Republicans have said would be among his greatest weaknesses this fall. Obama referenced both his stalled climate change initiative and the bankrupt Solyndra solar energy company last night while chiding Congress for inaction on a host of energy issues. And while he did not directly engage on the controversial Canadian Keystone XL oil pipeline that his administration has held up, the president sought to focus the energy debate on how he plans to make better use of American energy resources. [ read more … ]

Buffett-owned utility grows its Midwestern wind farm portfolio

Daniel Cusick  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-01-25 13:44:59

Warren Buffett’s appetite for homegrown renewable energy continues to expand as his MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co. announced it will purchase yet another wind-power project in the Corn Belt, its fourth major acquisition this month. MidAmerican’s planned purchase of the 81-megawatt Bishop Hill II wind project in Henry County, Ill., pushes the company’s January wind power acquisitions to nearly 500 megawatts and further solidifies the firm’s No. 1 ranking in wind power ownership among the nation’s regulated utilities. [ read more … ]

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