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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 17, 2015

House extenders package won’t include renewable energy credits

Daniel Bush, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-09-17 06:52:29

The House Ways and Means Committee will mark up a tax extenders package today that doesn’t include renewable energy tax credits, marking a contrast to a Senate tax bill moving through the upper chamber that would provide subsidies for wind and solar power. The committee is set to advance a series of bills this morning that would permanently extend a handful of tax incentives slated to expire at the end of the year, including a measure known as bonus depreciation that would allow companies to speed up the tax write-off process for certain business expenses [ read more … ]

Groups pressure GOP to end wind subsidies

By KYLE FELDSCHER, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2015-09-17 06:53:29

But as members of the House debate whether to end the tax credits, the governors of Washington and Iowa have reached out to senators in an effort to undo a proposed funding cut to the Department of Energy’s wind energy research. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, and Republican Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad co-signed a letter sent Tuesday to Sens. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., urging them to reconsider cuts to wind energy and research to the tune of $61 million. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved that cut in May. The governors, who are the the chair and vice chair of the Governors Wind Energy Coalition, wrote that the cut singles out wind energy in an unfair way. [ read more … ]

Wind Govs: Restore Funding For Wind Energy Research

By NAW Staff  •    •  Posted 2015-09-17 06:53:09

Govs. Jay Inslee, D-Wash. and Terry Branstad, R-Iowa, sent a letter on behalf of the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition calling on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee to reverse its decision to hamper long-term investment in research advancing American wind power. “The nation’s long-term investment in research conducted by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) energy programs, National Laboratories, our state universities, and private companies around the nation has helped fuel the extraordinary growth of the nation’s wind energy industry,” the letter states. “As governors, we see the benefits this innovative research has brought to our states, including energy diversification and continual wealth generation in rural America.” [ read more … ]

New $225 million energy project to boost South Dakota wind power

By KSFY  •    •  Posted 2015-09-17 06:54:00

This Capx 2020 project is billed as a game changer for South Dakota energy. Wind energy production here has been somewhat stalled because we have lacked the type of high voltage energy power lines to move electricty from turbines to the people who need it. “We could become a big producer of wind energy but we gotta be able to move it.” South Dakota Senator John Thune says adding these types of lines puts South Dakota in line to produce more energy which means more jobs. “So having these types of transmission lines built is just absolutely critical.” [ read more … ]

At ground-breaking, South Dakota leaders ask for energy growth

By Dana Ferguson, Argus Leader  •    •  Posted 2015-09-17 06:54:31

Standing in front of a large metal framework for what will become the base of a transmission line structure near Clear Lake, 37 miles north of Brookings, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard and others applauded the project. They called it a successful example of teamwork between two companies: Xcel Energy and Otter Tail Power Co. Daugaard also said it could be the first of many energy projects built to utilize the state’s wind power. He called on legislators, landowners and energy companies to clear the way for expansion in the field. “By the time this is done I expect major things to be happening in wind in South Dakota,” Daugaard said, referring to the project. [ read more … ]

U.S. sees 4% economic growth under efficiency ‘roadmap’

Katherine Ling, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-09-17 06:55:08

The secretary of Energy also provided a few more details about the second installment of the QER. Moniz said the second QER report would examine the electricity system “end to end,” including valuing services like demand-side programs and distributed generation. They “will certainly be a central piece of that QER,” Moniz said. Other parts of the second report will be an analysis of electricity markets, the electricity-water nexus, and information technology and communication technology, he said. [ read more … ]

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