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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 26, 2012

Finance Committee to examine tax breaks

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-03-26 11:36:07

Amid intense lobbying from the wind and other renewable energy interests angling for an extension of coveted tax breaks set to expire at the end of this year and continued efforts to reinstate a key stimulus-funded grant program that expired last year, a Senate Finance subcommittee will hear from analysts and industry representatives about how the uncertainty around tax policy is affecting business. The Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Subcommittee will consider the issue tomorrow, a day after the Senate votes on the latest effort to extend expiring measures like the production tax credit for wind. The Monday vote, on a bill from Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) that would extend the PTC while eliminating certain tax benefits for large oil companies, is widely expected to fail, but lawmakers say the issue of how to provide incentives for renewable energy likely will remain prominent on Capitol Hill for the rest of the year. [ read more … ]

Interior finalizes wildlife-protection guidelines for wind projects

Laura Petersen, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-03-26 11:36:31

The Interior Department released voluntary guidelines for wind energy developers today aimed at limiting bird kills and minimizing other damage to natural resources. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the “common sense” guidelines should steer wind projects away from places where they would have an outsized impact on wildlife and provide developers certainty and flexibility.
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Neighbors Win Court Round Over Wind Farm Noise

DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2012-03-26 11:36:58

A legal petition aimed at reinstating a state rule for limiting noise at a controversial wind farm in Maine can proceed, a judge ruled on Friday, denying a motion from the farm’s developer, Fox Islands Wind, for dismissal. [ read more … ]

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