TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR DECEMBER 12
Right-to-Work Bills Signed Into Law in Michigan. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder yesterday signed right-to-work legislation after it was quickly passed by the Michigan’s Legislature. Michigan is now the 24th state to pass legislation limiting the right of workers to unionize and collectively bargain. Our own Mark Schauer was among those pepper sprayed during the protests.
Climate Change Caucus. Senator Barbara Boxer yesterday announced she is forming a Climate Change Caucus. She stated the caucus will “work with all the committees and all the committee chairmen to make sure we can move forward legislation that reduces carbon pollution and also works on mitigation and all of the other elements.”
More Wind Worker Cuts. Vestas Wind Systems informed its hourly workers in Colorado Monday that it will be reducing their work week from 40 to 32 hours a week. This is the latest news of staffing reductions done by Vestas and other wind energy companies as they waits on Congress to renew the Production Tax Credit for wind energy. An estimated 37,000 wind workers will lose their job if Congress drops the ball and doesn't renew the PTC.
Articles, columns and letters to the editor from across the country about the Production Tax Credit for wind energy include:
- Hill: Energy groups to Obama: Change in wind credit would boost renewables investment
- Hill: Conservative groups press lawmakers to oppose wind credit
- Hill’s Congress Blog: Energy diversity will power our economy
- North American Wind Power: Western Governors Urge Congress To Extend Wind Energy PTC
- National Journal: Exelon Skips Utility Fly-In to Lobby on Wind Tax Credit
- Radio Iowa (IA): Grassley says wind energy tax credit will be in final budget deal
- WSOC (NC): Fiscal cliff threatens jobs in NC wind industry
- Minnesota Daily (MN): Minnesotans send wind power message to Congress
National and International Blue-Green
Forbes takes a look at a new report that found “a majority of the world’s largest companies – 56 percent of the combined Fortune 100 and Global 100 – have a renewable energy goal, a greenhouse gas reduction goal or both.”
The Hill summarizes the new report from The Sierra Club — a BlueGreen Alliance co-founder — ranking the “50 Best and Worst Transportation Projects In the United States.”
Former President Bill Clinton is going to speak about the importance of wind and renewable energy at a speech in Chicago, according to Midwest Energy News.
The Londonist states air pollution can be linked to up to nine percent of the deaths in London.
To the States
The Park Record looks at a recent study from the Natural Resources Defense Council — a BlueGreen Alliance partner — that stated climate change could impact Utah’s ski industry.
The President of the California Public Utilities Commission predicted California could surpass its renewable energy goals. The Ventura County Star has the story.
The Power District for Omaha, Nebraska is planning to double its wind energy production, according to the Omaha World-Herald.
A new report, covered by the Kansas City Star, found the Kansas City region is prepared for electric vehicles.
SmartMeters.com says several Massachusetts lawmakers visited the Hoosac wind project.
The Associated Press reports New Mexico regulators approved PNM’s renewable energy plan.
GreenBiz.com: 7 steps to effective energy management
New York Times: Solar Installations Surge on Lower Costs and Government Support
Mercury News (CA): Solar financing startup Mosaic 'crowd sources' installations
Chicago Tribune (IL): Where will right-to-work surface next?
Hawaii Now (HI): Sierra Club and Governor square off on solar tax credits
Post Bulletin (MN): German delegation visits region to learn about renewable energy efforts
Associated Press (WA): Gregoire to propose major transportation package