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‘Solid majority’ of Republicans say U.S. should tackle global warming — survey

Source: Katherine Ling, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Global warming isn’t just an issue for Democrats, according to a report released yesterday by George Mason and Yale universities. Sixty-two percent of self-identified Republicans and GOP-leaning independents said in a national survey that the United States should or probably should take action to address climate change despite uncertainties, the report says

Renewables rollback moves forward in NC House

Source: By Laura Leslie, WRAL • Posted: Thursday, April 4th, 2013

State House lawmakers are moving ahead with a proposal to freeze and repeal the state’s renewable energy standards. The measure, House Bill 298, passed a House Commerce subcommittee 11-10 on Wednesday. Reps. Ruth Samuelson, R-Mecklenburg, and Tom Murry, R-Wake, joined Democrats in voting against it.

BP exits U.S. wind business

Financial Times • Posted: Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Oil and gas giant BP PLC has put its wind power operations in the United States up for sale, abandoning most of its renewable energy efforts.

Studies show economic potential of routing Wyo.’s wind-generated power to Colo.

Source: Scott Streater, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Two new studies conclude that marrying Wyoming’s largely untapped wind power potential with Colorado’s growing energy demands would create thousands of jobs and generate billions of dollars in economic activity in both states. The two studies, both commissioned by the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority (WIA), are part of a broader effort by the authority to gauge the state’s wind power potential and the economic benefits of transporting wind-generated electricity to neighboring states.

NEW ENGLAND RENEWABLE ENERGY A HARD SELL IN REGION

Source: BY STEPHEN SINGER, ASSOCIATED PRESS • Posted: Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Establishing a New England market to buy renewable energy seemed a laudable goal when governors committed last year to bulk purchases of wind and solar power to knock down the price while reducing the region’s reliance on fossil fuels. Consumers could benefit from price stability, even from costlier wind and energy power. But putting together details about what types of renewable energy the six states will buy in the groundbreaking deal is snared in a patchwork of rules, state laws and disagreements over how even to define alternative energy.

With Stanford Fellowship, Senate Renewable Energy Advocate Shuns K Street Path

Source: By MATTHEW L. WALD, NYT • Posted: Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Jeff Bingaman, a New Mexico Democrat who retired as chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in January, is going to Stanford Law School on a one-year fellowship to specialize in renewable energy, as Stanford becomes a kind of energy-in-exile center.

States Cooling to Renewable Energy

Source: By Ryan Tracy, Wall Street Journal, March 28, 2013 • Posted: Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Legislatures in half the states that require electric utilities to buy renewable energy are considering proposals to roll back those mandates. The policies have helped fuel a huge expansion of U.S. solar and wind capacity in recent years. Now debates are arising, especially in Republican-held statehouses, about whether they increase costs for customers.

Udall touts wind power in Boulder visit

Source: By Erica Meltzer Camera Staff Writer, Boulder Daily • Posted: Monday, April 1st, 2013

Wind technology has nearly unlimited potential, and the United States needs a long-term policy to support the industry and keep the county competitive, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall said Saturday during a visit to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s National Wind Technology Center south of Boulder. Udall’s stop at the wind technology center was the first of a yearlong tour of energy sites important to Colorado. Udall called the state’s diverse energy portfolio an example for the rest of the nation as it tries to move toward energy independence. “Colorado is blessed,” he said. “We have wind and sun, coal and natural gas.”

Utilities partner to add lines for wind energy in northern Iowa

Source: Written by Dan Piller, Des Moines Register • Posted: Monday, April 1st, 2013

The owners of the two largest electric transmission systems in Iowa have plans to build more than 400 miles of transmission lines by 2017 to accommodate Iowa’s growing wind energy portfolio. The projects by MidAmerican Energy of Des Moines and ITC Holdings, which owns and operates the electric transmission system serving Alliant Energy in Iowa, will hold public meetings this summer to discuss new lines that would extend from Jackson, Minn., and O’Brien County just west of Spencer through Mason City and Waterloo to near Independence in Buchanan County.

Overlapping federal subsidies let some projects get multiple grants, credits — GAO

Source: Emily Yehle, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, March 29th, 2013

Federal subsidies for wind energy sometimes overlap, letting some projects take several dips into the government’s coffers, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The Republican-requested report outlines the various federal initiatives that support wind energy, identifying areas of duplication amid the more than $4 billion in grants and tax credits that go to wind-related activities. Seven initiatives overlapped in support for wind projects, according to the report: three tax expenditures and a grant from the Treasury Department, a loan guarantee from the Department of Energy, and two programs within the Agriculture Department. That means that a single wind project can simultaneously receive financial support through several federal programs.