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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 27, 2012

Bipartisan Senate group presses Reid, McConnell on wind tax credit

Ben Geman  •  The Hill  •  Posted 2012-02-27 13:18:45

A left-to-right coalition of senators is pressing GOP and Democratic leaders to quickly extend tax credits for wind power projects that are slated to lapse at year’s end. “The future of the American wind industry requires a stable tax environment in which to operate,” states the bipartisan Feb. 22 letter from a dozen senators to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). [ read more … ]

Bald eagles, bats thwarting plans for Minn. wind farm

  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-02-27 13:19:16

A Minnesota commission yesterday held up a plan to build a rural wind farm because of concerns for bald eagles and insect-eating bats. AWA Goodhue Wind Project will need an Avian and Bat Protection Plan approved by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission before the developers can begin work on a 50-turbine wind farm in southeast Minnesota. [ read more … ]

Wind power industry hits political turbulence in U.K.

Jeremy Lovell  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-02-27 13:19:32

The wind power industry in the United Kingdom has come in for a political spanking in recent weeks over costs, aesthetics and necessity, but it has shrugged it off and gone on with its ambitious program. There has always been a well-organized, vocal campaign against onshore wind farms here, with opponents calling the giant wind turbines unsightly and a blight on England’s green, rolling countryside. But objections escalated earlier this year when more than 100 parliamentarians from the senior coalition government party, the Conservatives, signed a petition calling for a cut in subsidies. [ read more … ]

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