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Considering water use and wind energy

A recent Lincoln Journal Star editorial “Plan for next drought” (LJS, Aug. 21) appropriately stated that Nebraska “should spur adoption of better water conservation practices in the public and private spheres.” Nebraska public power entities are reviewing their electricity generation portfolios and determining what role — if any — wind and other renewable energy will … Continue reading Considering water use and wind energy

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What Are Mitt Romney’s Wind Power Plans?

Romney’s glaring omission of wind power and other renewables appears to be a product of politics, yet wind energy has garnered widespread bipartisan support. Among the congressional Republicans who have expressed strong support for the PTC are President George W. Bush, who is often credited with jump-starting Texas’ wind industry, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, … Continue reading What Are Mitt Romney’s Wind Power Plans?

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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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Texas wind power: E.On wind farm now operating in Willacy County

The wind power project, located approximately 5 miles east of Raymondville and the first wind energy project in Willacy County, is powered by 112 Vestas 1.8 megawatt wind turbines providing more than 200 megawatts (MW) of power—enough to provide clean power to more than 60,000 households in Texas. E.ON Climate & Renewables (EC&R) North America … Continue reading Texas wind power: E.On wind farm now operating in Willacy County

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Risk Awareness Key for Efficient Emergency Response in the Wind Industry

With over 100 wind farm projects under construction, the need for efficient health and safety strategies in the US wind industry has never been greater. Brent Wise, the COO of Tech Safety Lines explains how to identify the risks at an early stage and facilitate the work of the rescue teams. Disconnect between companies’ expectations … Continue reading Risk Awareness Key for Efficient Emergency Response in the Wind Industry

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Wind energy: Montana leaders continue wind tradition, support PTC

The he wind industry’s success is in part due to the wind energy production tax credit (PTC), a 2.2-cents-per-kilowatt-hour performance incentive that has driven innovation and operating experience in the still-emerging technology. The following article appeared in Thursday’s edition of the Helena (Mont.) Independent Record. Past and present, Montana a leader in wind energy In … Continue reading Wind energy: Montana leaders continue wind tradition, support PTC

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Report: 37,400 Clean Energy Jobs Announced In Q2, But PTC Threat Already Slowing Wind Industry

As many as 37,409 jobs could be created from the more than 70 major clean energy projects announced across the United States during the second quarter of 2012, according to the latest quarterly Clean Energy Jobs Roundup from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), the national group of business leaders who advocate for sound economic and environmental policies. … Continue reading Report: 37,400 Clean Energy Jobs Announced In Q2, But PTC Threat Already Slowing Wind Industry

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FAA rules Cape Wind offshore wind farm will not affect air traffic

EVWIND Towering wind turbines off Cape Cod will not pose a hazard to planes, the Federal Aviation Administration ruled Wednesday. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a “Does Not Exceed (DNE)” determination for the proposed construction of 130 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound. The FAA completed an aeronautical study and has determined that the proposed … Continue reading FAA rules Cape Wind offshore wind farm will not affect air traffic

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Iowa newspaper: ‘Don’t end PTC too soon’

EVWIND The Dubuque (Iowa) Telegraph Herald endorsed the federal wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC), joining many other newspapers from coast to coast–and more to the point, others in the Presidential election swing states of Iowa and Colorado–that have said they favor extending the provision.  In recent days, the Des Moines Register and the Gazette … Continue reading Iowa newspaper: ‘Don’t end PTC too soon’

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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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Keep wind power incentives in place

EVWIND The San Antonio Express-News today endorsed an extension of the federal wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC). Said the Express-News editorial in part: “The Obama administration wants to extend the incentives, and the issue has become an election-year football. But Congress should act prior to the November election.  The administration reported that the wind … Continue reading Keep wind power incentives in place

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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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Wind energy: ‘Don’t end PTC too soon’

EVWIND The Dubuque (Iowa) Telegraph Herald endorsed the federal wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC), joining many other newspapers from coast to coast–and more to the point, others in the Presidential election swing states of Iowa and Colorado–that have said they favor extending the provision.  In recent days, the Des Moines Register and the Gazette … Continue reading Wind energy: ‘Don’t end PTC too soon’

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AWEA: Wind Energy Installation Momentum Continues In Q2

EVWIND   With the production tax credit (PTC) Dec. 31 in-service deadline looming, the wind power industry continued its momentum in the second quarter, installing 1.2 GW of new generation capacity, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) recently released second-quarter market report. U.S. has now surpassed 50 GW of cumulative installed wind energy … Continue reading AWEA: Wind Energy Installation Momentum Continues In Q2

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