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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

May 28, 2015

Bipartisan set of governors urge Congress to pass policy certainty to avoid job loss

By Michelle Froese, Windpower Engineering  •    •  Posted 2015-05-28 06:41:29

“This bipartisan letter is a reminder that the nation’s governors are on the front line of the nation’s energy future and have a vital role in planning states’ future,” said American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) CEO Tom Kiernan. “They see first-hand how investing in the wind resources in their states benefit local economies and create opportunities for job growth. To them the decision to extend these incentives is more of an economic one than a political one. We look forward to working with all the governors to maximize the benefits of wind power to their states.” [ read more … ]

Governors urge Congress to renew wind energy tax credit 

Daniel Bush, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-05-28 06:42:18

Two prominent wind energy supporters are reviving the industry’s campaign to renew the federal production tax credit that expired last year. In a letter to top lawmakers in the House and Senate, Govs. Jay Inslee (D) of Washington and Terry Branstad (R) of Iowa, who lead the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition, called for a “multi-year” extension of the PTC, which provides wind energy developers with a rebate of 2.3 cents per kilowatt-hour for the first 10 years of a wind farm’s existence. The tax credit was briefly renewed and then allowed to expire at the end of 2014. [ read more … ]

Governors Urge Congress To Expedite PTC, ITC Extension 

by NAW Staff  •    •  Posted 2015-05-28 06:41:56

The chairman and vice chairman of the bipartisan Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition sent a letter to House and Senate leadership today urging Congress to approve a multiyear extension of the production tax credit (PTC) and investment tax credit (ITC) as soon as possible. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad told congressional leaders that the recent Wind Vision report emphasized the importance of near-term policy support to prevent an industry slowdown and the loss of manufacturing to foreign markets. Without policy support, wind deployment will be minimal and the domestic wind manufacturing sector will likely wither. [ read more … ]

Solar Shines as Sellers Sometimes Pay Buyers to Use Power

By Naureen Malik, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2015-05-28 06:43:13

Move over, shale. The sun is now the fastest-growing source of U.S. electricity. Solar power capacity in the U.S. has jumped 20-fold since 2008 as companies including Apple Inc. use it to reduce their carbon footprints. Rooftop panels are sprouting on homes from suburban New York to Phoenix, driven by suppliers such as SolarCity Corp. and NRG Energy Inc.
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