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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 31, 2013

Fear is rising in oil industry that tax breaks would be axed in reform bill

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-10-31 06:51:03

Oil and natural gas lobbyists have spent more than a year urging lawmakers to maintain targeted tax breaks for extracting and transporting their products, but there are signs of a growing fear within the industry that impending legislation to overhaul the tax code for the first time in a generation would eliminate most of those incentives in order to lower the top-line rate paid by all companies. [ read more … ]

Panel prescribes major fixes for aging U.S. power grid

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-10-31 06:51:23

Today, everything from bank receipts to the batting averages of baseball players can be coded into megabytes and lines of data. Yet in the United States, the basic infrastructure that underpins these systems — the grid that feeds them with electrons — remains largely untouched by the computerization boom of the past half-century. [ read more … ]

In Brazil, the wind is blowing in a new era of renewable energy

By Juan Forero, Published: October 30, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2013-10-31 06:51:39

Wind is emerging as a prize for energy planners who see the howling gusts that arrive from the east as a way to offset the fresh limits imposed on hydropower. A string of wind-turbine parks is being erected in the nation’s windiest stretches, in what planners here see as the beginning of an extraordinary transformation. No one expects that wind will outpace dams as the main source of Brazil’s electricity. But the goals remain audacious for a country that projects an annual rise in electricity consumption of up to 5 percent in coming years. [ read more … ]

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