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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 21, 2012

GOP, Obama admin at odds over system upgrades

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-03-21 11:44:35

House Republicans and the Obama administration are at odds over whether investments into the electric grid to bolster reliability, renewables and security are necessary for the public or an unnecessary burden for ratepayers. At issue is Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s ordering Friday of four power marketing administrations to use a mixture of financial mechanisms, partnerships and existing regulatory authority to build up the grid and support clean energy and electric vehicles. [ read more … ]

Iowa landowners tops in receiving USDA energy grants

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-03-21 11:45:00

Iowa landowners have reaped the most from a federal rural energy program, collecting $38 million in grants and $46 million in loans over the past three years, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The funding has been distributed among 1,128 projects for installing solar panels, flex-fuel pumps and wind turbines and improving energy efficiency.
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New York Maps Viable Offshore Wind Power

MIREYA NAVARRO, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2012-03-21 11:45:27

A new study mapping out habitats in and around the waters off New York was released on Tuesday, bringing the state a step closer to determining the potential for wind energy projects offshore. The study is the product of a two-year joint effort by New York’s Department of State and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to identify critical bird and fish habitats to ensure that they are not harmed by future wind farms. Environmental groups say the prescreening will help save time and red tape and could attract developers and investors to wind projects by removing uncertainties about the environmental impacts at a given site.
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Court ruling doesn’t solve Ohio wind project’s problems

  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-03-21 10:30:02

Even with a recent Ohio Supreme Court ruling in its favor, a large southwest Ohio wind project is still facing hurdles. [ read more … ]

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