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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 6, 2012

House Resources chairman asks Chu to defend power marketing plan

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-04-06 11:20:54

House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) says the Obama administration’s plan to use power marketing administrations to upgrade the electric grid is flawed and should be halted until Energy Secretary Steven Chu testifies before his committee. Hastings asked Chu in a letter today to testify before the House committee April 26 to discuss a memo he issued last month (E&ENews PM, March 16). [ read more … ]

Energy Dept. to Revitalize a Loan Guarantee Program

MATTHEW L. WALD, NewYork Times  •    •  Posted 2012-04-06 11:21:35

Six months after the expiration of a federal loan guarantee program that backed $16 billion in loans to solar, wind and geothermal energy projects, the Energy Department has decided to offer a smaller set of similar guarantees by tapping another pot of money appropriated by Congress last year. The department said Thursday that it had sent letters to potentially eligible companies inviting them to apply for the new money.
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Massive wind farm southwest of Wichita has official launch

  •  THE HUTCHINSON NEWS  •  Posted 2012-04-06 11:21:54

Located on a 66,000-acre site about 40 miles southwest of Wichita, the wind farm represents a combined investment of more than $800 million and will have the capacity to produce 419 MW of electricity. The electricity produced will be sold under long-term power purchase agreements with Associated Electric Cooperative and Southwestern Electric Power Company, a unit of American Electric Power. The Flat Ridge 2 project is projected to create some 500 jobs during construction and roughly 30 permanent jobs once the wind farm begins commercial operation. Upon completion, it will be the largest wind project in Kansas.
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New plan emerges for renewable-energy loan guarantees

John McArdle, E&E reporter  •  THE HUTCHINSON NEWS  •  Posted 2012-04-06 11:22:14

The Department of Energy released a new plan today for moving forward on renewable loan guarantees, seven months after the Solyndra bankruptcy pushed the loan program into a political firestorm and slammed the brakes on new commitments.

The statutory deadline for DOE to offer loans under the same Section 1705 program that provided the ill-fated Solyndra loan was Sept. 30, 2011 — just a month removed from the California solar energy company’s bankruptcy announcement. [ read more … ]

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