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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 9, 2012

Michigan’s Wind Energy Jobs Stalled in Congress

  •  Public News Service  •  Posted 2012-04-09 11:39:16

Thousands of Michiganders hold jobs in the wind energy industry; they work for more than 30 companies that make parts for the wind turbines that create clean energy, and they build some of the turbines as well. But wind energy proponents are afraid those jobs will dwindle if the wind energy tax credit is allowed to expire at the end of the year. [ read more … ]

Wind energy sector waning in North Dakota

By Patrick Springer, Forum Communications Co., The Jamestown Sun  •  Public News Service  •  Posted 2012-04-09 11:39:52

North Dakota’s once-booming wind energy sector is waning because of the sluggish economy, continued transmission bottlenecks, and the prospect that federal tax credits will expire at the end of the year. The state, often rated as having the greatest wind potential in the nation, now has about 1,400 megawatts of total wind capacity. Wind power comprises 12 percent of North Dakota’s electricity mix and ranks 11th in the nation for total capacity. [ read more … ]

Chinese Plan Indicates Fewer Wind Farm May Win Approval

  •  Bloomberg  •  Posted 2012-04-09 11:40:22

China, the world’s biggest wind- power market, issued plans that may indicate it will approve fewer of the projects this year than it did in 2011. The National Energy Administration plans to approve 16.76 gigawatts of wind-power projects in 2012, Shi Lishan, deputy director of the administration’s renewable energy division, said by telephone today. That doesn’t include six provinces where extensive capacity has already been built or is planned and where new approvals will be considered separately, Shi said. China approved 26.83 gigawatts of wind farms last year. [ read more … ]

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