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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 7, 2014

Game of musical chairs set to begin — as agendas of new leaders start to take shape

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-07 06:50:40

Baucus’ exit means Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) will take his place atop the Senate Finance Committee and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) will take over for Wyden as chairwoman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Both moves are likely to lead to a shift in emphasis at both committees, although the senators are still crafting the agendas they will pursue in their new roles. Landrieu said she is planning to sit down soon with top energy Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska to discuss the committee’s agenda. The two are largely aligned in their support for policies favored by the oil and gas industry, which is prevalent in both of their states. But Landrieu said she has not yet fully crafted her priority list. [ read more … ]

As turbine technology steps up, new obstacles to development arise in Ala.

Kristi E. Swartz, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-07 06:51:20

Industry and federal government officials say advances in turbine technology could transform wind development in the Southeast, adding another renewable fuel option to an area once dominated by coal. But as outside developers are eyeing places to build taller towers and longer blades, emerging lawsuits and legislation could drive them away. [ read more … ]

Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition Announces New Leadership

by NAW Staff, North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2014-02-07 06:51:00

“I look forward to working with Governor Inslee and our coalition colleagues to help the wind energyindustry diversify our nation’s energy portfolio,” says Daugaard. “We will continue working with Congress to extend the federal wind production tax credit so the industry can continue to produce rewarding careers throughout the nation. [ read more … ]

West Coast offshore floating turbine project makes headway, but obstacles remain

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-07 06:51:38

A demonstration floating offshore wind project in Oregon breezed over another hurdle yesterday, raising hopes that West Coast’s first offshore turbines will begin spinning before the end of the decade. However, the project’s developers indicated that this new and potentially transformative technology will likely find a more welcoming market in Europe before it is realized at utility scale in the United States. [ read more … ]

Sutley chief of staff to take reins at CEQ

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-07 06:51:54

Nancy Sutley’s chief of staff, Mike Boots, will take the helm of the Council on Environmental Quality later this month. Boots will fill in as acting chief of the White House environmental office Feb. 18 after the CEQ chairwoman leaves the administration, CEQ spokeswoman Taryn Tuss said today. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.