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November 27, 2013

Tax Credit for Wind Energy Is Truly Up in the Air

By Clare Foran, National Journal  •    •  Posted 2013-11-27 06:42:28

Efforts to extend the credit have already met with pushback from stakeholders on the other side of the issue. The American Energy Alliance has so far been one of the most vocal opponents of the credit and is planning a major drive against the credit set to begin next week with the release of a series of digital and print ads in the Washington, D.C., market as well as national ads railing against the subsidy for wind producers. AEA is also helping to organize a fly-in next week to marshal grassroots organizations from across the country to put pressure on members of Congress not to renew the subsidy. According to Benjamin Cole, a spokesperson for AEA, the fly-in will focus on strengthening opposition to the credit among members who have already said they want to see it expire [ read more … ]

In Iowa, Wind Energy Helps Avoid 8.4 Million Tons Of Carbon Emissions

By Kiley Kroh, Climate Progress  •    •  Posted 2013-11-27 06:42:47

Iowa’s hugely successful wind industry isn’t just an economic driver, it’s having a major impact on cutting pollution and saving water. Wind energy generation in Iowa avoids more than 8.4 million metric tons of climate-altering carbon pollution — the equivalent of taking 1.7 million cars off the road, according to a new report released by Environment Iowa. [ read more … ]

Opinion: What Others Are Saying: Cross-country power line needed for Iowa wind energy

From Quad-City Times, reprinted in the Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2013-11-27 06:43:02

Iowa’s future as a wind power leader relies on more utility customers than the state can provide. The state ranks third nationally in wind energy production, with 3,198 turbines generating 25 percent of the state’s energy, as well as some reliable income for landowners who negotiated their place on the state’s alternative power grid. The next big step requires extending the power grid, and that’s the goal of the Rock Island Clean Line, a cross-country transmission line to take Iowa’s wind power eastward to more customers. Wind energy cannot be stored. So to get the maximum value of the state’s existing turbine network, it makes sense to connect to more customers. [ read more … ]

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