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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 1, 2014

Governors press Congress on wind tax credit

By Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill.com  •    •  Posted 2014-04-01 06:01:43

A bipartisan group of governors is calling on congressional leaders to pass a multi-year extension of tax credits for the wind energy industry. In a letter sent to Congress on Monday, governors from four states urged lawmakers to extend the production tax credit after letting it expire at the end of last year. “Thousands of jobs were lost, as were substantial new investments and local payments,” the letter state [ read more … ]

Governors group, including Kitzhaber, seeking new extension of federal tax credit for wind farms

By Ted Sickinger, The Oregonian  •    •  Posted 2014-04-01 06:02:22

Kitzhaber was chairman of the Governor’s Wind Energy Coalition last year, which includes 23 states. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will chair the coalition next year. Margi Hoffman, a policy advisor for Kitzhaber, says the wind industry has invested some $9 billion in Oregon, though the state’s wind energy boom has cooled off in the last two years. That has less to do with the tax credit than new rules limiting the import of renewable energy into California to satisfy that state’s green energy mandates. Oregon and Washington utilities are still investing in new wind projects, though their pace has slowed too as they get closer to meeting initial targets under their respective states’ renewable portfolio standards. [ read more … ]

Extenders markup slipping as wind backers step up PTC campaign

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-04-01 06:02:48

The Senate Finance Committee’s effort to reinstate a variety of business tax breaks is being delayed as panel members continue to grapple with the details of legislation they hope to soon consider. [ read more … ]

President’s energy policy ‘starts with a commitment to low carbon’ — Moniz

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-04-01 06:03:10

The president’s “all of the above” energy strategy may embrace conventional fossil fuels along with renewables, but in the future, they are all going to have to fit within a smaller greenhouse gas footprint, according to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “It all starts with a commitment to low carbon,” he said, speaking Friday at the American Council on Renewable Energy’s (ACORE) forum on renewable energy policy. “We need to make sure that all of our resources can compete in a low-carbon future.” [ read more … ]

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