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Governors Press Congress on Wind Tax Credit

April 1 -- A bipartisan group of governors is calling on congressional leaders to pass a multi-year extension of tax credits for the wind energy industry.

In a letter sent to Congress on Monday, governors from four states urged lawmakers to extend the production tax credit after letting it expire at the end of last year.

"Thousands of jobs were lost, as were substantial new investments and local payments," the letter states. >>View Article

Study: Michigan Could Expand Renewable Energy at Low Cost

April 1 -- With Michigan’s renewable energy standard set to expire at the end of 2015, and a high-profile fight over the standard in 2012 still fresh in many minds, debate has swirled about the costs and benefits of renewing or strengthening the law.

Amid the discussion, a recent study finds that Michigan could more than triple its renewable energy resources by 2030, with virtually no extra cost to consumers. >>View Article

A US Shale Death via Texan Wind?

April 1 -- Wind power set a new record in Texas last Friday, heralding wind’s growing competitiveness with natural gas.

As CleanTechnica reports, instantaneous output from wind hit an all-time high of 10,296 megawatts for Texas’ main grid operator – the Electric Reliability Council of Texas – at 8:48pm on March 26, 2014. >>View Article

Dem Senator Expects Renewable Credits to Be Extended

March 31 -- Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) told a meeting of renewable energy officials Friday that the tax credits that incentivize renewable energy production and investment, which expired at the end of last year, are likely to be renewed.

“I think that there’s highly likely to be an extension,” Whitehouse said at an event hosted by the American Council on Renewable Energy, referring to the production tax credit and the investment tax credit. He added that long-term extensions of the credits are not likely unless they’re part of a large tax reform measure. >>View Article

Wake Up to the Reality of Climate Change

March 31 -- "Nothing poses a bigger threat to our water, our livelihood and our quality of life than a warming climate." Those are my words from 2006 upon the signing of an executive order on climate change for New Mexico when I was governor.

Almost a decade later, this statement still holds true. But now we have even more information about climate change, both the risks and solutions. >>View Article 

Advancing Solar Power in S.C.

March 31 -- A glimmer of sunlight has appeared in the stormy debate about solar energy in South Carolina. Solar energy advocates and utility representatives, long at odds with each other, have come to a compromise, which bodes well for the state.

The deal still needs to be approved by the Legislature and checked out by the S.C. Office of Regulatory Staff. Both should welcome the proposal. Indeed, it drew no criticism during a Senate subcommittee meeting last week.

In short, the compromise would make it easier for homeowners and businesses to save money on power bills by leasing and using solar panels. >>View Article

California Must Continue to Lead on Clean Energy: Guest Commentary

March 27 -- Under the leadership of Gov. Brown and his administration, California’s reputation has grown as a clean energy success story. Californians have refused to allow the nation’s stalemate on energy policies to prevent us from growing a robust clean energy economy that is driving innovation, creating jobs and stimulating investments, and helping to fuel the state’s recovery.

Our state, so far, has capitalized on our skilled workforce and renewable energy resources, putting us first in the nation on solar energy generation and second for wind-related jobs. California’s solar industry now employs more than 47,000 people who have installed enough energy to power well over a million homes and counting. In fact, according to the California Department of Labor, there are now more solar workers in California than actors. >>View Article

Study: $6 Billion Spent on Oklahoma Wind Energy

March 27 -- A study commissioned by The Wind Coalition says developers have invested more than $6 billion in Oklahoma’s wind energy industry.

The study released Wednesday says there are 26 active wind farms in the state. Oklahoma ranks sixth in the nation in the amount of wind energy generated for consumers. That’s enough to power almost 770,000 homes each year. >>View Article

Guest View: Cape Wind Opponents Ignore Too Many Facts

March 27 -- Cape Wind won four major victories this month when a federal court decisively upheld the permitting of what will soon be the nation's first offshore wind farm. These wins cap a decade of legal challenges to Cape Wind, which has triumphed in each and every battle initiated by well-funded opponents to the project. Now, Cape Wind's developers finally have a clear path to completing the financing required to make offshore wind a reality in Massachusetts.

This triumph is good news for New Bedford, but it also highlights the great amount of misinformation that exists about Cape Wind. Comprehensive and rigorous permitting reviews by 17 federal and state agencies have produced an administrative record of over 400,000 pages. The key findings: Cape Wind would provide significant environmental, economic and energy benefits to Massachusetts and to the nation as a whole. >>View Article

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