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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 3, 2014

The Senate Finance Committee will mark up the tax extenders package in the morning.

The  •    •  Posted 2014-04-03 05:14:44

The surprising exclusion drew attention from wind energy’s supporters on and off Capitol Hill. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) proposed an amendment to renew the PTC, drawing support from other members and the wind energy industry. A committee aide said to expect the PTC in that is passed Thursday in the committee. [ read more … ]

Facebook, Google praised for ‘going green’ in Iowa

Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2014-04-03 05:15:04

“In the U.S., there are now nine states that are getting 10 percent or more of their electricity from wind power, with Iowa (25 percent) — a data center hub — topping the list,” the group said. In Iowa, Google has invested $1.5 billion in data center operations in Council Bluffs. Facebook is building a $300 million data center in Altoona that’s expected to grow to $1 billion, and Microsoft has invested nearly $900 million in West Des Moines. West Des Moines is expected to draw another large data center project, with an assessed taxable value of $255 million, city documents indicated last month. [ read more … ]

Exxon Mobil asserts low-carbon regulations won’t happen

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-04-03 05:15:20

“The risk of climate change is clear and the risk warrants action,” William Colton, Exxon Mobil’s vice president of corporate strategic planning, said in a statement announcing the reports. Environmentalists welcomed the first-of-its-kind acknowledgement by a major petroleum company that climate change poses real and immediate challenges to the firm’s prospects. But they were less sanguine about the company’s vision for what the global energy sector will look like in 2040. [ read more … ]

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