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Obama blocks Chinese-owned wind farms, citing security threat

Source: Nick Juliano, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, October 1st, 2012

President Obama today blocked construction of wind farms a Chinese-owned developer planned to build near a naval facility in Oregon, citing national security concerns. In his order mandating that Ralls Corp. abandon plans for four wind farms, Obama cited “credible evidence that leads me to believe” the company and its affiliates “might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States.”

Obama blocks Chinese firm’s Oregon wind farm projects

Source: September 29, 2012|By Neela Banerjee and Don Lee, Los Angeles Times • Posted: Monday, October 1st, 2012

President Obama, in a rare move, blocked the acquisition by a Chinese-owned company of four wind farm projects next to a military base in Oregon. Obama cited in a presidential order issued Friday “credible evidence” that the company “might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States.”

Google expands wind energy use; Sharp focuses on solar

E&E • Posted: Friday, September 28th, 2012

Google Inc. yesterday agreed to buy wind energy for its Oklahoma data center from the Canadian Hills wind power project. The Internet giant plans to pay a premium to purchase 48 megawatts of wind energy from Canadian Hills in addition to the electricity it already receives from local utility Grand River Dam Authority. The company has been working with the utility to get more renewable energy resources since last year, the company said in a statement.

Project to bring Canadian hydro, wind power to NYC draws fire in Albany

Source: Hannah Northey, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, September 27th, 2012

New York state lawmakers, union leaders and operators of coal-burning power plants expressed opposition at a state Senate hearing yesterday to a proposal to ship Canadian hydropower into New York City through an underwater power line. Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications Chairman George Maziarz (R) said the proposed $2.2 billion, 333-mile transmission line from the Canadian border to the city would punish aging power plants that are already struggling from weak demand and cheap natural gas.

Labor-enviro coalition targets key lawmakers with tour promoting PTC

Source: Hema Parmar, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, September 27th, 2012

A coalition of labor unions and environmental groups started a multistate tour today to urge key Republican lawmakers to renew a key wind tax credit, warning that scrapping it will kill thousands of jobs. “Congress must renew the production tax credit,” said David Foster, executive director of the BlueGreen Alliance. “The lives of real Americans are being disrupted; jobs are at stake as well as future environmental performance.”

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin continues support for wind production tax credit

Source: McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Paul Monies The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City • Posted: Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin remains committed to an extension of the federal production tax credit for wind energy, joining several other Republican governors and lawmakers in the central United States and highlighting a split with GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Fallin, speaking at the annual meeting of the Southern States Energy Board in Oklahoma City, said she still supports a temporary extension of the production tax credit. The incentive, which expires, offers wind producers a 2.2 cent per kilowatt-hour tax credit.

Iowa State to offer wind energy Ph.D.

Source: By Solomon Keithley solomon.keithley@iowastatedaily.com • Posted: Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

The Faculty Senate has approved the formation of a wind energy Ph.D. program at Iowa State. The university had received a $3 million award from the National Science Foundation in the fall of 2011, to support the new program. At senate’s the meeting this past Sept. 11 meeting, the plans were set in motion, to begin as early as spring 2013.

47 House Republicans urge Boehner to let tax credit die

Source: John McArdle, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Forty-seven House Republicans are calling for an end to the federal production tax credit for wind energy, invoking the failed Solyndra solar energy company to decry the subsidy as another Obama administration green energy handout that picks winners and losers. The group, led by Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo — a vocal opponent of all forms of energy subsidies — submitted a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Friday urging him to allow the PTC to expire by the end of the year as scheduled.

Opinion: Wind power tax credit is vital to jobs

Source: By: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) who serves on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Finance Committee. Politico • Posted: Monday, September 24th, 2012

Just as the wind energy industry is poised for a record year, uncertainty about federal energy policy is threatening to pull the plug on its future. The federal production tax credit for wind power is set to expire in less than three months. Wind energy companies are already curtailing manufacturing and construction plans, laying off workers along the way. More layoffs are expected if we don’t act quickly. An estimated 37,000 Americans stand to lose their jobs within the next six months, according to the American Wind Energy Association, if Congress does not extend the tax credit, which supports the generation of wind energy. A similar fate awaits other renewable energy sectors, including biomass and waste-to-energy, which have tax credits set to expire next year.

Wind Sprints to the Cliff

Source: By MATTHEW L. WALD, New York Times • Posted: Monday, September 24th, 2012

The wind industry’s main trade association is predicting that new installations will fall to zero without a renewal of the production tax credit, which applies only to projects finished by New Year’s Eve. Since renewal is iffy, some wind machine factories are already shutting down, as my colleague Diane Cardwell reported on Friday. From another perspective, this is the moment for the feast before the famine: the impending deadline means that a surge of projects are approaching completion. On Saturday, officials will cut the ribbon on what some people say is the largest onshore wind farm in the United States, Shepherds Flat in north-central Oregon.