U.S. wind power reaches 50 gigawatts in generating capacity and a conservative Republican from Iowa becomes the loudest voice for extending the industry’s key subsidy.
Despite their presidential candidate’s opposition, two wind-state Republicans join with Democrats in a Senate committee vote to extend the PTC one year.
Clear policy signals from Washington? Good luck with that. But at least the latest word is that a wind energy tax credit extension is in a Senate committee markup.
A Senate committee had reportedly agreed to extend the production tax credit for wind – but then Republicans backed off to support their presidential candidate’s opposition.
In the swing state of Iowa, a Republican congressman urges Mitt Romney to “reevaluate” his firm opposition to the production tax credit for wind.
Karl Rove comes out in favor of the production tax credit for wind, but it’s the Sierra Club’s beefed-up backing that could make a bigger difference.
The industry, taking a break in its fight to retain a key tax incentive, says it’s committed to implementing recently established siting guidelines.
The Spanish company Gamesa says its first offshore wind turbine prototype will go in at Arinaga Quay in the Canary Islands, not off the Virginia coast.
U.S. wind power installations shot up in the first quarter, but the industry fears what might come when a key tax incentive expires at the end of the year.
EarthTechling columnist Susan Kraemer says clean-energy advocates need to follow the lead of the fossil fuel industry and purchase some GOP politicians.