TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR SEPTEMBER 28
Shrinkage. Vestas Energy believes the U.S. wind turbine market will shrink by 75 to 95 percent if Congress doesn’t renew the Production Tax Credit for wind energy before the end of 2012.
Drought Keeps Going. Although summer has officially turned to fall, 65.45 percent of the lower 48 states are still seeing some form of drought.
Media coverage, editorials and letters to the editor regarding the Production Tax Credit for wind energy include:
- WFRN: Mark Schauer on Working Family Radio
- Computerworld: Wind energy beat iPod in U.S. job creation
- St. Cloud Times (MN): Wind credit set to expire
National and International Blue-Green
The International Energy Agency said the July blackout in India “highlights the need for the country to address widespread challenges in the energy sector." UPI.com has more.
The Hill reports the Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce committee would like an update on the energy efficiency programsadministered by the Obama Administration.
E&E News looks at how automakers are using lightweight materials in order to improve fuel economy.
Manufacturing activity also fell in the Midwest, according to the Kansas City Star.
GreenBiz.com asks “Will Apple's iPhone 5 launch a new era for e-waste recycling?”
To the States
California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed 19 bills Thursday that are, according to the Los Angeles Times, “aimed at making it easier to provide renewable energy and conserve power in California.”
According to the Fresno Bee “New science and research has San Joaquin Valley, CA farmers taking a harder look at the effect that climate change may have on their industry.”
Reuters reports SolorPower opened the doors of it’s 225,000-square-foot solar panel manufacturing facility in Portland, OR Thursday.
Midwest Energy News looks at Policy Matters Ohio’s efforts to encourage energy efficiency improvements.
General Electric Lighting is donating more than $200,000 worth of LED lights for Cleaved to use to light its Public Square and West Side Market, according to The Plain Dealer.
NewsOK says Google Inc. has reached an agreement to buy 48 megawatts of wind power from Oklahoma’s Grand River Dam Authority.
Fuel Fix: BP pays $210,000 after failing EPA test
New York Times: A Bipartisan Vote Against European Air Fines
Washington Post: Weather community seeks direct line to Congress
Gazette.Net (MD): Maryland should continue to address climate change
Politico (ME): Wind ads in Maine Senate race draw blowback from Angus King
Badger Herald (WI): Dane County Executive unveils new energy initiative