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February 10, 2012

Iowa delegation joins chorus of calls to extend wind credit

Gabriel Nelson  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-02-10 12:47:59

Iowa’s entire congressional delegation is urging Hill leadership to renew a wind energy tax credit that is scheduled to expire at the end of this year, showing growing bipartisan support for a fast-growing industry in the windy country of the Great Plains. The four Democrats and three Republicans fired off a letter yesterday saying that Congress should add language extending the production tax credit (PTC) to an extension of the payroll tax cut that Republican leadership is now negotiating with top-ranking Democrats and the White House. [ read more … ]

Payroll tax bill ‘the last chance’ to extend wind energy tax credit — industry panel

Nathanael Massey  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-02-10 12:48:20

Wind energy producers will have to start downsizing operations and laying off workers if Congress does not move swiftly to extend the production tax credit for wind energy, CEOs of wind energy companies said yesterday.
Tagging the extension onto the payroll tax bill, which renews a tax cut set to expire at the end of February, may be “effectively the last chance” to put that extension through in the first quarter of 2012, they said. [ read more … ]

A Very Warm January

  •  THE NEW YORK TIMES  •  Posted 2012-02-10 12:48:35

Last month was the fourth warmest January in 118 years. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has posted a striking series of maps on last month’s temperatures and precipitation in the United States. (Explore the links highlighting differences among regions, states and cities.) The average temperature in January was 36.3 degrees Fahrenheit — 5.5 degrees warmer than the average for the 20th century. [ read more … ]

Global wind energy jumps by 21% in 2011

Christa Marshall  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-02-10 12:48:49

Led by China and the United States, the global wind market grew 6 percent last year, according to a new report. The wind industry installed more than 41,000 megawatts of new power in 2011, pushing the worldwide total up 21 percent to 238,000 MW by year’s end, the Global Wind Energy Council reported in annual market statistics. China installed 18,000 MW of new capacity, roughly triple the amount of the United States.
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