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Interior Chief Sees Many Wind Farms In US Future

April 8 -- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar voiced optimism Friday that the nation's first offshore wind farm will soon break ground after more than a decade of delays and be followed by more off the Atlantic coast. "I think there's a good chance it will happen before the end of the year," Salazar said of the Cape Wind project. Speaking in an AP interview a few weeks before he leaves office, he also claimed gains as secretary in tightening oversight of offshore drilling after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. "I think the coziness with industry that was there when I came into the department is gone," he said. >>View Article

More renewables for states [By Admiral McGinn in POLITICO]

April 4 -- RPS policies have also supported incredibly strong job creation across the country in places like North Carolina, where 21,000 people are employed by the clean energy industry, and Kansas, where about 28,000 Americans work in clean energy. Together, America’s clean energy economy employs 3.4 million people and is growing four times faster than any other type of work according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And industries such as solar saw employment increase 13.2 percent in 2012 in large part due to RPS policies. >>View Article

Southern California Edison Eschews Renewable Plants

April 3 -- Southern California Edison’s recent decision to cancel a 10-megawatt solar project at College of the Desert’s west valley campus is part of the utility’s ongoing efforts to backpedal on a state-mandated program to develop its own small-scale, community-based solar plants. >>View Article

Wyoming and Colorado benefit by combining wind power

April 2 -- Wyoming and Colorado would benefit by combining their wind energy resources, studies released Monday by the University of Wyoming and a national research laboratory show. One study conducted by the university's Wind Research Center showed that Wyoming's wind is stronger than Colorado's and blows during the day, the ideal time to meet Colorado electric customers' demands. >>View Article

The Future Of Wind Energy: It's Worth The Investment

April 1 -- Wind energy reached a major milestone last year, growing to provide 5 percent of California's total electricity needs -- and that number will climb to 6 percent this year. Installed wind-generating capacity has tripled across the state since 2002, when the California Legislature established a 20 percent renewable electricity goal for the state's utilities. >>View Article

Vilsack, Branstad Rally For Biofuel

April 1 -- Put two prominent Iowa politicians on the same stage these days, even when they’re from opposite parties, and an immediate defense of the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard breaks out. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor, and incumbent Gov. Terry Branstad both used a ceremony at DuPont Pioneer’s research center in Johnston on Friday to get in licks in favor of the federal mandate that at least 10 percent of gasoline used in U.S. motor cars be ethanol. >>View Article

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