Winds blow hot and cold

Source: Thomas Content • Journal Sentinel • Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2012

The boom-and-bust cycle of the renewable energy sector was on display Thursday. Broadwind Energy Inc. said Thursday it was awarded a $23 million order for wind turbine towers that will be made in Manitowoc.

Latham: Natural gas blocks wind tax credit

Source: DAN PILLER • Des Moines Register • Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2012

U.S. Rep. Tom Latham, R-Ia., suggested Thursday that natural gas interests have helped block renewal of a tax credit for wind producers. “They’re pushing hard against wind, of course,” Latham said at a state Capitol event highlighting Iowa’s wind energy industry.

EPA unveils new tool for tracking carbon emissions

Source: Jean Chemnick • E&E • Posted: Thursday, January 12th, 2012

U.S. EPA today rolled out a new database that will allow the public to track greenhouse gas emissions across a variety of U.S. sources, including power plants, refineries and manufacturers.

Vestas Cuts 2,335 Jobs, More at Risk in U.S.

Source: Alex Morales • Bloomberg • Posted: Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Vestas Wind Systems A/S (VWS), the world’s biggest wind turbine maker, said it will cut 2,335 jobs amounting to 10 percent of its staff as it tries to become more competitive with Chinese suppliers. The changes are aimed at saving more than 150 million euros ($191 million) by the end of 2012, the company based in Aarhus, Denmark, said in a statement today. Vestas said another 1,600 posts in the U.S. are at risk as a tax credit supporting the industry expires.

Danish wind turbine maker Vestas to lay off at least 2,300 workers

Source: Associated Press • Washington Post • Posted: Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Vestas A/S, the world’s biggest maker of wind turbines in terms of revenues, said Thursday it will lay off around 2,300 employees, mainly in Denmark, because of a market downturn caused by the financial crisis. The company, headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark, said a potential slowdown in the United States could also result in the layoff of an additional 1,600 employees there.

At EPA HQ, Obama says environment and economic development go hand in hand

Source: John McArdle • E&E • Posted: Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

President Obama this afternoon repeatedly emphasized the economic benefits that can be achieved through safeguarding the environment in a brief appearance to thank employees for their work at U.S. EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C. “I do not buy the notion that we have to make a choice between having clean air and clean water and growing this economy in a robust way,” Obama said. “I think that is a false debate.”

Obama Drops by the E.P.A.

Source: John Broder • New York Times • Posted: Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

President Obama, who has been both applauded and jeered for his record on environmental issues, paid a brief visit to the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington on Tuesday to try to raise spirits at an agency that has been under siege for the past year

Gov. Christie vetoes bill that would have allowed wind turbines on preserved farmland

Source: THOMAS BARLAS • Press of Atlantic City • Posted: Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Gov. Chris Christie on Monday vetoed a measure that would allow wind turbine development on farmland preserved under a state program designed to protect New Jersey’s agricultural enterprises.

Commerce emphasizes ‘clean energy’ in competitiveness report

Source: Gabriel Nelson • E&E • Posted: Monday, January 9th, 2012

The federal government needs to update the U.S. electric grid and direct more money to clean energy research as part of a plan for making the United States more competitive in coming decades, the Commerce Department said in a report today as Secretary John Bryson cautioned policymakers about a “deeply damaging” trend toward short-term thinking.

O’Malley wind farms face more challenges as Maryland legislature returns

Source: Aaron C. Davis • Washington Post • Posted: Monday, January 9th, 2012

The day Maryland lawmakers left Annapolis nine months ago, Gov. Martin O’Malley chided them, saying the legislature had “choked” on his signature environmental initiative: a measure to subsidize development of a multibillion-dollar offshore wind farm.