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LM Wind Power to cut 345 jobs, blames lack of political support

The American Wind Energy Association said the layoffs are among thousands expected as a result of the Production Tax Credit’s expiration. In just over one month, wind power manufacturers in the U.S. have announced layoffs of more than 1,130 workers around the country. The layoffs come in states such as Colorado, Florida, and Iowa that … Continue reading LM Wind Power to cut 345 jobs, blames lack of political support

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Grover Norquist: Wind power supporter (?)

Anti-tax advocate and conservative strategist Grover Norquist has a way of capturing your attention, and he definitely got ours Tuesday, co-authoring a Politico op-ed titled “WH [White House] talks wind energy but won’t support it.” Huh? In a commentary column at Salon (“GOP anti-tax guru Grover Norquist is losing it”), Andrew Leonard breaks down Mr. … Continue reading Grover Norquist: Wind power supporter (?)

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National Chamber Network Says Tax Incentive is Critical to Boosting American Wind Energy Jobs and Innovation

“As leaders of our local business communities, we’ve seen firsthand the economic development benefits of wind energy,” said Jim Heeter, President and CEO of the Greater Kansas City (MO) Chamber of Commerce. “From Iowa and Kansas to South Dakota, Indiana, Texas and Ohio, wind energy is helping us attract new clean energy companies and capital, … Continue reading National Chamber Network Says Tax Incentive is Critical to Boosting American Wind Energy Jobs and Innovation

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Business Leaders Urge Congress to Extend Wind Energy PTC

The PTC provides a tax credit of 2.2 cents per kilowatt-hour of renewable power generated and, if lawmakers fail to act, is set to expire in 2012. Originally signed into law by George H.W. Bush, the tax credit has helped to strengthen energy diversity, reduce reliance on fossil fuels and keep electricity costs low for … Continue reading Business Leaders Urge Congress to Extend Wind Energy PTC

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Wind energy industry calls on Congress to avert more layoffs

Siemens Wind Power, a leading manufacturer of wind turbines, yesterday announced more than 1,000 layoffs, or approximately half their U.S. labor force. The move will cut half the workforce at the company’s turbine plant in Hutchinson, Kansas, and also lay off workers at plants in Iowa andFlorida. Layoffs continue to mount throughout the development and … Continue reading Wind energy industry calls on Congress to avert more layoffs

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American Wind Energy Association Conducts “Real World” Training for OSHA

Thirty-seven attendees of the program were trained to climb the ladder structure of a wind turbine and perform self-rescue. They were able to access a Nacelle, the cover housing that contains all of the generating components in a wind turbine to develop a better understanding of how a wind turbine operates.       On … Continue reading American Wind Energy Association Conducts “Real World” Training for OSHA

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Charles Koch gets it wrong on wind power’s cost

Wind power is an American success story that is creating affordable electricity and tens of thousands of new American jobs. But we need for Congress to act to extend the federal wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) and let wind finish the job. Billionaire and Koch Industries CEO Charles G. Koch had an op-ed on … Continue reading Charles Koch gets it wrong on wind power’s cost

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AWEA terminates Exelon membership over anti-PTC moves

Despite Exelon’s actions, Kelley is not worried about division among AWEA’s 2,000 member companies. In fact, he says other utilities and organizations, including the Edison Electric Institute, the association of electric shareholder-owned utilities, not only support wind but also the PTC’s extension. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has removed Chicago-based Exelon Corp. from its … Continue reading AWEA terminates Exelon membership over anti-PTC moves

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American Wind Energy Association endorses Michigan 25 by 25 campaign

“This important proposal will give a much-needed shot in the arm to Michigan’s manufacturing sector, helping it diversify even more into the renewable energy industry and create Michigan jobs,” said AWEA’s Gramlich. “AWEA fully endorses this proposal, and we’re encouraging all those in the wind industry supply chain in Michigan to become engaged in the … Continue reading American Wind Energy Association endorses Michigan 25 by 25 campaign

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Cape Wind’s offshore wind farm get the green light

The American Wind Energy Association says about 27,000 wind-related jobs could disappear if the PTC is not extended before the end of the year. While the US wind power sector is currently facing challenges from the ongoing economic crisis and political uncertainty over whether politicians will extend the industry’s largest tax incentive, it received some … Continue reading Cape Wind’s offshore wind farm get the green light

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Uncertainty Reigns in Federal Incentives for Wind Energy Beyond 2012

The U.S. wind power industry is facing uncertain times. GE and Vestas both secured roughly 29% of U.S. wind energy market share (by capacity installed) in 2011, followed by Siemens (18%), Suzlon and Mitsubishi (both at 5%), Nordex and Clipper (both at 4%), REpower (3%), and Gamesa (2%). There has been a notable increase in … Continue reading Uncertainty Reigns in Federal Incentives for Wind Energy Beyond 2012

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Bloomberg View: A Campaign Compromise on Wind Energy

Renewing the tax credit would add 54,000 jobs over the next four years, according to the American Wind Energy Association. Wind power has emerged as one of the most clear-cut issues of the American political season. President Barack Obama wants to renew the technology’s soon-to-expire federal production tax credit. Mitt Romney, his Republican opponent, wants … Continue reading Bloomberg View: A Campaign Compromise on Wind Energy

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Past and present, Montana a leader in wind energy

In 1927, long before President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his Rural Electrification Administration (REA) brought electricity to the countryside, Marcellus Jacobs from eastern Montana invented the three-bladed wind turbine for electricity production. At night, the Jacobs family farm provided the best advertisement for the effectiveness of his new technology, basking alone in the glow of … Continue reading Past and present, Montana a leader in wind energy

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Clarifying the dollars involved in wind energy’s tax credit

EVWIND As the presidential campaigns have taken up the question of whether to extend the federal wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) beyond 2012, some confusion has arisen about the dollars involved. The PTC provides a credit against taxes of 2.2 cents for each kilowatt-hour of electricity that a wind farm generates during its first … Continue reading Clarifying the dollars involved in wind energy’s tax credit

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US wind energy industry vaults over 50 GW milestone

EVWIND Newsrooms, websites and social media have been enthusiastically reporting this past week that the United States wind power sector now has installed at least 50 gigawatts of electric generating capacity. Chuck Grassley, a Republican Senator from Iowa, said in an American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) press release that attaining 50 GW of wind energy … Continue reading US wind energy industry vaults over 50 GW milestone

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A Banner Year for the U.S. Wind Energy

EVWIND As President Obama has made clear, we need an all-of-the-above approach to American energy and the U.S. wind power industry is a critical part of this strategy. In fact, wind energy contributed 32 percent of all new U.S. electric capacity additions last year, representing $14 billion in new investment. The Energy Department and Lawrence … Continue reading A Banner Year for the U.S. Wind Energy

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New study finds the US wind energy market riding a wave that is likely to crest in 2012

EVWIND   Facing looming policy uncertainty beyond 2012, the U.S. remained one of the fastest-growing wind power markets in the world in 2011—second only to China—according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Energy and prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Roughly 6.8 gigawatts (GW) of new wind power capacity … Continue reading New study finds the US wind energy market riding a wave that is likely to crest in 2012

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U.S. wind energy reaches 50 gigawatts – AWEA

Contributing to the 50-gigawatt threshold were the newly grid connected wind power projects in the states of Nevada, Oklahoma, Idaho, California, Hawaii and Iowa. As the production tax credit for wind power sails through the United States Congress, the American Wind Energy Association announced that wind power in the United States has reached 50 gigawatts … Continue reading U.S. wind energy reaches 50 gigawatts – AWEA

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