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November 4, 2013

Wind energy industry seeing growth; tax credit uncertainty looms

by Christopher Doering, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2013-11-04 06:42:57

Wind energy installations are gaining momentum, but uncertainty looms over the future of a tax credit has helped the industry grow, according to a trade group. The American Wind Industry Association said Thursday utilities are taking advantage of the extension of the Production Tax Credit , which provides a 2.2-cent-per-kilowatt-hour benefit for electricity generated from utility-scale turbines during the first 10 years of a facility‚Äôs operation. [ read more … ]

McCabe defends EPA outreach on rules for existing power plants

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-11-04 06:43:28

U.S. EPA’s acting air chief shot back Friday at critics who have accused the agency of avoiding coal country when gathering input on a forthcoming carbon dioxide rule for existing power plants. Janet McCabe wrote in a blog post that the agency is “conducting unprecedented and vigorous outreach and public engagement with key stakeholders and the general public” ahead of proposing its guidance in June to curb CO2 from today’s power fleet. [ read more … ]

Obama launches adaptation task force, orders agencies to bolster planning

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-11-04 06:44:02

President Obama ordered the creation today of a high-level task force aimed at bolstering the roles of state and local governments in national preparation for the impacts of climate change. Obama’s executive order launches a 24-member task force including the governors of seven states and Guam and 18 officials from local and tribal governments. The panel will identify opportunities for “removing barriers to resilient investments, modernizing federal grant and loan programs to better support local efforts, and developing the information and tools they need to prepare,” the White House said. [ read more … ]

U.S. Interior Secretary: R.I., Mass. are leaders in offshore wind power

BY ALEX KUFFNER, Providence Journal  •    •  Posted 2013-11-04 06:44:20

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told attendees at an offshore wind power conference on Tuesday that Rhode Island and Massachusetts are playing key roles in the development of the nascent industry.”The region is off to a great start,” she said. “The load is here. The people are here. The water is here. There is great, great potential.” No offshore wind farms have been built so far in the United States, but developers have targeted the Atlantic Ocean waters off Rhode Island and Massachusetts for installation of what could be the nation’s first offshore wind turbines.
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