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The White House team likes Oregon’s wind energy

Source: Dick Hughes, Statesmanjournal.com • Posted: Thursday, August 16th, 2012

According to the2011 Wind Technologies Market Report, Oregon is one the country’s largest and fastest growing wind markets. The report finds that in 2011, Oregon installed 409 megawatts (MW) of new wind power capacity, bringing its total to over 2,500 MW. With this capacity, Oregon can generate 10.5 percent of its electricity from wind energy, ranking sixth among all U.S. states.

Obama and Romney square off on energy issues

Source: Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, August 15th, 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. Lingering uncertainty over the fate of federal incentives for renewable energy, however — primarily the production tax credit and investment tax credit for renewable energy, both set to expire in December — could see that growth decline severely in only a matter of months, the document notes.

As wind credit remains campaign-trail focus, DOE report says extension vital

Source: Nick Juliano, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

As the debate over wind energy subsidies heats up the campaign trail, the Department of Energy today released a report showing that stable policy support has boosted wind installations and manufacturing in recent years and arguing that expiration of a key tax credit could spell doom for the industry next year.

DOE: Iowa’s wind energy industry among the fastest-growing in country

Source: Perry Beman, Des Moines Register • Posted: Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

According to the 2011 Wind Technologies Market Report, Iowa is one the country’s largest and fastest growing wind markets, ranking second among all U.S. states in percentage of in-state electricity generation from wind power. The report finds that in 2011, Iowa installed 647 megawatts (MW) of new wind power capacity, bringing its total to over 4,300 MW, or enough to power about 1 million homes. With this installed capacity, Iowa can generate about 20 percent of its electricity from wind energy.

Wind credit likely to stay

Source: Written by JENNIFER JACOBS AND JASON NOBLE, Des Moines Register • Posted: Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

All the huff and puff on the campaign trail in Iowa aside, it’s likely that the wind energy tax credit will pass this fall, Iowans who follow the issue say. It’s a topic that Iowa voters typically don’t bring up. But President Barack Obama loves to talk about it because it gives him an opening to bash GOP rival Mitt Romney for being opposed to an incentive that all of Iowa’s top politicians consider important.

Failing wind market leads to job cuts at Vestas Pueblo factory

Source: By Mark Jaffe, The Denver Post • Posted: Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Vestas Wind Systems, the world’s largest wind- turbine maker, said Monday a weakening market is forcing it to cut about 20 percent of the 450 jobs at its tower factory in Pueblo. The soft market is a result of Congress not renewing the federal wind-production tax credit, which is set to expire in December, Aarhus, Denmark-based Vestas said in a statement.

White House touts wind energy growth

Source: By James O'Toole @CNNMoney • Posted: Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

The Obama Administration is calling for continued government support of wind energy, touting a new report showing that it accounted for nearly a third of new electric capacity added in the United States last year. A report released Tuesday by the Department of Energy says the U.S. wind power industry is “facing uncertain times,” growing strongly but confronting the possibility of an expiring tax credit that would deal it a severe blow.

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.