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Obama and Romney square off on energy issues

Source: Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

The U.S. wind sector grew substantially during 2011, a trend that is expected to continue until the end of this year, according to a new report by the Department of Energy.

Energy Foundation Video: “How the Lights Stay On”

Energy Foundation • Posted: Monday, August 13th, 2012

Ben Paulos and his colleagues at the Energy Foundation commissioned this video on the integration of wind and solar into the grid. It’s very well done.

With advance of tax credit and OCS leases, optimism builds in nascent U.S. industry

Source: Phil Taylor, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, August 13th, 2012

Officials in the offshore wind industry are cheering a series of moves by Congress and federal agencies that have raised hopes that wind farms could soon sprout in U.S. waters. While construction of the first turbines off the Eastern Seaboard is likely years away, industry officials say the Senate Finance Committee’s decision this month to extend the investment tax credit, combined with continued approvals of projects and lease areas from federal agencies, has sent a strong signal to potential investors.

Interior to review first-ever floating turbine proposal off Maine

Source: Phil Taylor, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, August 10th, 2012

The Interior Department today announced it will begin reviewing a Norwegian company’s proposal to build what would be the nation’s first floating wind farm off the coast of Maine. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said it will prepare an environmental impact statement on Statoil North America’s proposal to construct a 12-megawatt demonstration project about 12 miles off the Gulf of Maine.

Obama Attacks Romney on Wind-Energy Stance

Source: By Laura Meckler, Washington Post • Posted: Friday, August 10th, 2012

President Barack Obama assailed rival Mitt Romney Thursday for opposing tax credits for wind energy producers, a vulnerability for the Republican in Colorado and Iowa, two battleground states that have thousands of good manufacturing jobs tied to the nascent industry.

Obama Draws Contrast With Romney on Wind Energy Tax Credit

Source: By JACKIE CALMES, New York Times • Posted: Friday, August 10th, 2012

Speaking not far from a wind turbine manufacturing plant here on the hot plains, President Obama on Thursday contrasted his support for keeping alive an expiring tax credit for wind energy producers with the opposition of Mitt Romney to that subsidy and others for clean energy alternatives to oil. Mr. Obama’s attacks followed days of veiled criticism of Mr. Romney’s stance by Republican leaders in Colorado and Iowa, both election battlegrounds that are among the leading states in trying to harness wind power. The issue dogged Mr. Romney on Wednesday in Iowa and last week in C

Romney opposition to wind tax credit gives Obama opening, shows risks of green-jobs skepticism

Source: Washington Post • Posted: Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign has been savaging what it calls President Barack Obama’s “unhealthy” obsession with “green jobs.” The Republican challenger criticizes the government program that propped up solar manufacturer Solyndra, and he mocks Obama’s vision of a boom in employment, citing a European study to argue that new solar or wind-energy positions would destroy jobs elsewhere. But when a campaign spokesman said last week that Congress should let a tax break for wind energy producers expire at the end of the year, some Republicans were concerned the candidate had gone too far

Interior advances R.I. transmission proposal

Source: Phil Taylor, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

The Obama administration said it will begin reviewing a proposed transmission project to connect a wind farm off the Rhode Island coast after confirming there is no competitive interest in the area. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management finding is an important step for Deepwater Wind LLC’s 30-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm, which would be located within Rhode Island’s state waters.

Industry, govt. officials point to 50 GW wind milestone in call for PTC extension

Source: Nick Juliano, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Kicking off a daylong gathering here devoted to promoting clean energy, the wind industry touted hitting a new milestone in installed capacity as industry representatives and their supporters in the Obama administration and on Capitol Hill called for an extension of a key tax break for wind electricity generation. With the first wind farm in Nevada coming online tomorrow, total installed capacity in the United States has reached 50 gigawatts, enough to power 13 million homes, said Denise Bode, head of the American Wind Energy Association. Bode told reporters at a news conference here that the industry was able to hit that capacity — double the 25 GW that was installed four years ago — because of a consistent ability to rely on the production tax credit.

White House announces fast-track schedule for 5,000 MW of projects

Source: Phil Taylor, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

The Obama administration yesterday said it will expedite approval of seven commercial-scale solar and wind projects on federal and tribal lands in Arizona, California, Nevada and Wyoming. The projects, which include a sprawling wind energy facility in southern Wyoming that would be the largest in North America, would generate a combined 5,000 megawatts, enough to power up to 1.5 million homes, the White House said.