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November 11, 2013

Tax breaks help wind turbine firm hire more workers

Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2013-11-11 05:10:52

Vestas Wind Systems is hiring more people to take advantage of a federal tax credit before the end of the year, a move that comes after a slow year for wind energy, including a series of company layoffs in 2012. Vestas announced Thursday the company will hire hundreds of workers at its factories in Windsor and Brighton to meet a spike in demand for wind turbines. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy Blows Michigan Toward 30% Renewables By 2035

Silvio Marcacci, CleanTechnica  •    •  Posted 2013-11-11 05:11:09

A new state analysis finds wind energy is blowing Michigan toward its 10% by 2015 renewable portfolio standard (RPS), and could help reach it 30% renewables by 2035 without reliability or affordability concerns. The report, “Readying Michigan to Make Good Energy Decisions: Renewable Energy,” was released by the governor’s office this week as the state starts to contemplate what its energy future should look like beyond 2015. While a ballot initiative to increase Michigan’s RPS to 25% by 2025 was rejected in 2012, this new analysis undercuts many of the arguments used in that election by showing renewable energy costs falling fast while being integrated into the grid. [ read more … ]

DOE secretary says carbon capture and storage is ‘ready’ at world meeting

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-11-11 05:11:28

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said yesterday that his department “perhaps could do more” to boost carbon capture and storage (CCS) development but emphasized that the “technology is ready” to meet U.S. EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas standard. [ read more … ]

Former Senate aide becomes climate adviser as Zichal exits

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-11-11 05:11:44

President Obama today tapped a low-profile insider with legislative and administration experience to replace climate change adviser Heather Zichal, who departs today after more than four years at the White House. Zichal deputy Dan Utech will now be lead coordinator for President Obama’s broad Climate Action Plan. [ read more … ]

U.S. wind farms killed 600K bats last year — study

Sam Pearson, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-11-11 05:11:57

More than 600,000 bats may have been killed by wind turbines last year in the continental United States, according to a new study, illustrating the ongoing controversy over clean energy projects’ environmental impacts. The study by University of Colorado, Denver, researcher Mark Hayes, to be published in the journal BioScience, used statistical models to determine the estimate from other researchers’ peer-reviewed data of bat deaths at 21 wind energy facilities across the United States. [ read more … ]

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