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Wind Power Lobby Names New CEO

April 26 -- The wind industry’s main trade association has snagged Tom Kiernan, the longtime president of the National Parks Conservation Association, to be the energy group’s next CEO. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is bringing him on board as the growing industry faces major political battles, including the looming expiration of a key tax credit that received a short-term extension in January's fiscal cliff agreement. >>View Article

The Foolish Fight Over Fisker

April 26 -- Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the Government Reform and Oversight Committee, held the latest in a series of hearings about loan guarantees yesterday, giving the discussion a not-so-subtle official title: "Green Energy Oversight: Examining the Department of Energy's Bad Bet on Fisker Automotive." >>View Article

North Carolina Rejects Cuts To Renewable Energy Mandates

April 25 -- North Carolina lawmakers today rejected efforts to scale back the use of renewable energy. The House Public Utilities Committee voted 18 to 13 against the Affordable & Reliable Energy Act, said Ivan Urlaub, executive director of NC Sustainable Energy Association, which has been fighting the effort to reduce policies that require utilities to use power generated from clean sources. >>View Article

US lawmaker To Unveil Renewables MLP Bill Wednesday

April 24 -- Senator Chris Coons plans to unveil a bill later this week that would allow US wind farms, solar energy facilities and other renewable energy projects to form tax-advantageous publicly-traded business structures. Coons, a Delaware Democrat, plans to introduce the Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act on Wednesday, according to Ian Koski, a Coons spokesman. >>View Article

The Simple Math Behind Solar Power’s Expansion

April 24 -- As electricity prices rise for homeowners and businesses alike, alternative energy is getting more popular—and solar power in particular is seeing a lot of growth. Solar installations were up 76 percent last year compared with 2011, with 3.3 gigawatts installed across the country, according to the Solar Energy Industry Association. About 1.2 American households currently use solar energy, according to an annual report released by the trade group. >>View Article 

Conservatives Come Out For Renewable-Energy Projects

April 24 -- Defying conventional wisdom in the era of Solyndra, conservatives in Washington are coming out to back renewable energy. Specifically, some conservative groups, including Americans for Prosperity, as well as conservative Republicans such as Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas support the idea of expanding a business structure known as a “master-limited partnership,” or MLP, which is currently available only to oil, natural-gas, and coal-mining projects, to also be available to renewable-energy projects. >>View Article

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