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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 22, 2012

Extension is sought for expiring wind tax credit

ALEX GUILLEN  •  POLITICO  •  Posted 2012-02-22 12:22:08

Some Democratic and Republican lawmakers still aren’t giving up on extending the wind production tax credit, which expires at the end of the year. Supporters had hoped an extension could be included in the payroll tax cut deal that cleared Congress on Friday, probably the last must-pass bill of the year. Now they’re looking for other opportunities.
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Shifting politics imperil regional push for low-carbon fuel standard

Jason Plautz  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-02-22 11:54:12

Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management’s low-carbon fuel standard was approved by 11 governors in 2009. But seven of the 11 governors are now gone — including three Democrats who have been replaced by Republicans (two states replaced Republicans with Democrats) — and with them could have gone the enthusiasm for the clean fuel standard. Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R), for example, announced in December that his state program would not be moving forward on the fuel initiative. There’s legislation pending that would take New Hampshire out of the standard, and several other states are said to be considering exits. And New Jersey, which saw conservative Republican Chris Christie replace Democrat Jon Corzine, has also come out against a version of the program.
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PTC key to wind energy manufacturing jobs

Carl Levesque  •  AWEA  •  Posted 2012-02-22 12:22:52

To understand the impact of wind power’s key federal Production Tax Credit (PTC), Congress need look no further than the small town of Newton, Iowa. Manufacturing roots run deep in Newton, which was once home to Maytag appliances. A few years ago, the Maytag plant closed, leaving some 3,000 people out of work and sending economic shock waves through the town of 16,000. [ read more … ]

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