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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 19, 2012

GOP poised to tussle over Obama admin’s power agenda

Hannah Northey  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-03-19 13:43:13

The Obama administration’s plan to use power marketing administrations to upgrade the transmission grid and bolster renewables and cybersecurity is likely to meet stiff opposition from Republicans on a House Natural Resources subcommittee this week. Officials from four federal power administrations, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Bureau of Reclamation are scheduled to testify before the House Water and Power Subcommittee tomorrow about President Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget request. [ read more … ]

S.D. Governor vetoes wind energy refund bill

  •  KSFY  •  Posted 2012-03-19 13:44:03

Governor Dennis Daugaard has vetoed a bill that sought to refund about half the construction taxes for large wind energy projects and an environmental upgrade at Big Stone Power Plant. [ read more … ]

Maine Senate front-runner has long history with conservation, renewables

Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporter  •  KSFY  •  Posted 2012-03-19 13:44:33

“Do you want the story of how I got rich and ran for governor? It’s kind of a funny story.” That’s how former Maine Gov. Angus King, in a 2009 interview, described his entry into the world of energy conservation in the late 1980s — a decision that would ultimately make him millions of dollars and pave the way for his successful 1994 gubernatorial bid. [ read more … ]

N.M. set to overturn carbon cap

Christa Marshall  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-03-19 13:44:52

New Mexico is expected to repeal a rule today that would have established a carbon cap in the state. The move culminates a multiyear fight between supporters who said the cap would have made the state a leader on climate change and opponents who said it would limit economic growth. The state cap would have taken effect in 2013 and required 3 percent annual cuts in carbon dioxide emissions below 2010 levels. [ read more … ]

Power administrations must lead in grid upgrades — Chu

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-03-19 13:42:46

The Obama administration announced plans today to use federal power marketing administrations to lead the way in upgrading the transmission grid, bolster renewables and serve as “test beds” for new cybersecurity technologies. Energy Secretary Steven Chu outlined the strategy in a memo on how the organizations can leverage partnerships, rate-making power and financing to upgrade transmission and install new technologies to make the system more reliable, secure and accessible for renewable power generators. [ read more … ]

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