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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 15, 2012

ON THE RECORD: How Senators Voted on Wind Energy Tax Credits

  •  Off Shore Wind Wire  •  Posted 2012-03-15 11:28:43

On Thursday, March 8, Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow introduced an amendment to a transportation bill (S.1813) that would have extended the production tax credit for the wind energy industry. Renewable energy advocates have said the tax credit is crucial to keep the industry moving and to allow the emergence of an offshore wind industry. [ read more … ]

Chu opens the door to phaseout of wind incentive

Nick Juliano  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-03-15 11:10:30

A day after the Senate declined to extend an array of federal incentives for renewable energy development, the Obama administration’s top energy official signaled an openness to eventually eliminating support for some wind energy because it is nearly competitive with conventional generation. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said he and other administration officials, including White House energy adviser Heather Zichal, met Tuesday with representatives of the wind industry and other energy sectors on the topic of tax incentives and other subsidies. He said that during the meeting a wind industry official, whom he did not name, expressed a willingness to eventually phase out the production tax credit, even though the industry is aggressively lobbying to have that credit extended beyond its scheduled December expiration. [ read more … ]

Senate approves reauthorization bill after grueling floor debate

Jason Plautz  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-03-15 11:03:54

The Senate voted 74-22 today to clear a two-year bill that would reauthorize U.S. transportation programs in a bipartisan vote, ending months of work and five weeks of floor action. [ read more … ]

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