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October 9, 2013

Colorado set to add 600 megawatts of wind power projects

By Mark Jaffe, The Denver Post  •    •  Posted 2013-10-09 07:00:21

Colorado’s wind-power market and industry are posting strong performances in 2013, according to executives. There are plans for more than 600 megawatts of new wind farms by four Colorado utilities — a 26 percent increase in generation. “That is probably $1 billion in investment,” Sarah Cottrell Propst, executive director of the trade group Interwest Energy Alliance, said at the Colorado Energy Forum on Tuesday at the University of Denver [ read more … ]

Wind turbine blade manufacturer hiring at whirlwind rate

By John Upton, GRIST  •    •  Posted 2013-10-09 07:00:37

LM Wind Power, a global manufacturer of blades for wind turbines, says it doubled its U.S. workforce to 700 in August — up from 350 in April. And it says the boom will continue: It expects to employ some 1,200 people in the U.S. next year — most of them based at its factories in North Dakota and Arkansas. In a press release, the company credited the extension late last year of the Renewable Electricity Production Tax Credit with the growth of its workforce: [ read more … ]

Battle over Binz: an anomaly, or the first shot in a drawn-out war?

Hannah Northey and Manuel Quiñones, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2013-10-09 07:00:55

Ron Binz got a bull’s-eye on his back during the first week of August. Roughly 20 leaders from prominent free-market and conservative groups — some enjoying ties to the tea party and Koch brothers funding — huddled in a downtown Washington, D.C., conference room to weigh Binz’s nomination to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. After two hours, they resolved to oppose President Obama’s choice. “This confirmation deserves to have a wrench thrown in the gears,” Benjamin Cole, a spokesman for the Institute for Energy Research, later recalled the group’s thinking. [ read more … ]

White House aide Zichal’s departure leaves a ‘daunting’ role for a newcomer

Evan Lehmann and Mike Soraghan, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2013-10-09 07:01:10

Heather Zichal’s departure from the White House comes near the beginning of a years-long effort to shepherd complicated climate policies through a bevy of federal agencies overseen by administration newcomers, now central to the success of President Obama’s climate plan. [ read more … ]

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