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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 30, 2012

Obama admin to sign agreement promoting Great Lakes wind power

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-03-30 11:57:01

The Obama administration today will announce an agreement with states to promote offshore wind power in the Great Lakes, according to an administration source. White House officials are scheduled to join the governors of Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Pennsylvania to announce a new agreement among federal and state regulators to streamline reviews of proposed wind farms. [ read more … ]

Popular Treasury grant program takes hit as Boehner lashes out at Obama admin

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-03-30 11:57:35

Supporters of the Treasury Department’s Section 1603 renewable energy program have gone to great lengths to explain the many differences between the popular grant-in-lieu-of-tax-credit effort and the controversial Department of Energy loan guarantee program that was responsible for the Solyndra debacle. But those efforts didn’t much matter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) today as he lumped the two programs together in a broadside against the Obama administration over stimulus spending and the unemployment rate.
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Unable to even define ‘subsidy,’ a gridlocked Senate shoots down energy tax bill

Elana Schor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-03-30 11:57:59

The Senate turned back a proposal today to end oil and gas industry tax breaks and extend a passel of renewable energy credits, the latest twist in a political spectacle centered on a question worthy of Hamlet: What is a subsidy? [ read more … ]

Proudly Isolated Texas Power Grid Reaches Out a Bit

KATE GALBRAITH, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2012-03-30 11:58:24

The Texas electric grid is proudly isolated. While most other states operate on a pair of grids that serve the eastern and western halves of the country, Texas has evolved on its own, in order to keep federal regulators at bay.
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Renewable energy has become a home run for pro sports

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-03-30 11:58:45

They’re still debating the pros and cons of renewable energy in Washington, D.C., but it’s a slam-dunk for the owners of the Phoenix Suns. Strategic marketing of renewable energy through sports brands may have reached a new zenith this month as the National Basketball Association’s Suns became the latest professional sports franchise to tie its brand to environmental stewardship and renewable energy. [ read more … ]

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