TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR OCTOBER 29
Stay Safe. First and foremost, we at the BlueGreen Alliance are thinking of those who are in the path of Hurricane Sandy and hope you stay safe.
Wind Projects On Hold. More bad news is coming for the wind industry as it waits to hear about the future of the Production Tax Credit for wind energy. MidAmerican Energy Co., the country’s largest wind power generator among rate-regulated utilities, has stated it is not planning to expand its wind energy projects after December and Trinity Structure Towers, Inc. is planning to diversify its operations.
Reviving Midwest Manufacturing. A new report shows that “the combination of new fuel efficiency standards and the Midwestern manufacturing base has created close to 40,000 jobs in the last three years.”
Items discussing the Production Tax Credit for wind energy, include:
- Today’s Energy Solutions: Investor Group Calls for Wind Tax Credit Extension
- New York Times: Talk of a Wind Subsidy ‘Phaseout’
- Journal Gazette (IN): The winds of change
National and International Blue-Green
Poland is expected to increase its renewable energy goals, according to Bloomberg.
Gamesa Corp. Technologica SA announced is planning to cut 1,800 jobs worldwide by March in order to reduce its workforce by 20 percent. Bloomberg Businessweek has more.
E&E News says groups like the Competitive Enterprise Institute are growing concerned “about the rise of conservative groups favoring a carbon tax.”
The Mercury News also took a look at the “Grand Canyon of difference” between President Obama and Mitt Romney on environmental issues.
To the States
The Sacramento Bee says public support for California Proposition 32, the measure that would ban the use of pay-roll deductions for union political activities, has fallen to 39 percent. Sal Rosselli, President of the national Union of Healthcare Workers, also explained why the LGBT community must stand with workers to defeat Proposition 32.
A letter to the editor in the Tuscola County Advertiser says Michigan’s Proposal 2 supports Michigan’s teachers, and Former Michigan Governor William Milliken explains why he is supporting Proposal 3 on mLive.com.
The Desert News says, “The ability to turn on the tap, flush the toilet and water the garden over the next 20 years will be a multibillion-dollar challenge in Utah because of new water and sewer systems that state officials say must be put in place.”
Wall Street Journal: Farmers Watching Their Water Use
Journal Sentinel: Attracting women to manufacturing still a challenge
Daily News (CA): Con: Proposition 32: A trick to silence working Californians
Sacramento Bee (CA): Ad Watch: Pro-Prop. 32 ad misleads on impact of campaign finance measure
Times-Standard (CA): 30 good, 32 bad for state's future
Muskegon Chronicle (MI): Endorsement letter: Look at other states' success and then support Proposal 3
IndyBay.org (MI): Michigan’s Proposal 2: Labor’s Big Test
Inquirer (PA): Pa. coal region backing off its Democratic bent
KRISTV (TX): Wind Turbine Farm Signs Protection Plan with RTFC
Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA): Belote: Offshore wind power can boost jobs and economy