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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 30, 2014

Solar has its day in the sun as wind is blown aside

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-01-30 07:10:08

The solar industry also holds an edge in the number of Americans it employs and has been adding workers at a breakneck pace, making it a ripe candidate to underscore the president’s theme of finding ways to boost the economy. A Solar Foundation report released last week showed employment in the industry grew 20 percent last year to more than 140,000 workers throughout the United States. The wind industry, by comparison, employs about 80,000 Americans, according to industry estimates. In terms of installed electric capacity, though, wind is a clear leader, with more than 60,000 megawatts on the grid. Solar has about 13,000 MW installed, about what wind added in 2012. [ read more … ]

National Guard scraps Ohio turbine project after enviros threaten lawsuit

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-01-30 07:10:37

The Ohio Air National Guard has decided to formally withdraw plans to build a wind turbine along the shores of Lake Erie in one of the largest bird migration corridors in North America after a national bird conservation group threatened to sue. A top Air Force official informed lawyers representing the American Bird Conservancy and the Oak Harbor, Ohio-based Black Swamp Bird Observatory that the National Guard is scrapping plans to build the wind turbine at its Camp Perry facility near Port Clinton in northern Ohio.
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