TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR SEPTEMBER 12
No vote scheduled in Senate. A vote on the Senate’s tax extenders package — which includes an extension of the Production Tax Credit for wind energy — has not yet been scheduled on the Senate’s calendar, and Politico says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is “not making any promises to do so.”
Another Plant Closure. Katana Summit LLC has said it plans to close its wind tower manufacturing plants in Columbus and Ephrata, Washington if a buyer cannot be found. This is just the latest in a number of layoffs and plant closures occurring around the country linked to inaction by Congress on the Production Tax Credit for wind energy.
Climate Change Fear. A new annual survey from the Carbon Disclosure Projectfound more than a third of major companies “see the physical risks of a changing climate such as extreme weather, rising sea levels and water scarcity as a real and present danger” and 78 percent are integrating climate change into their business strategy.
Articles, columns and letters to the editor about the Production Tax Credit for wind energy from across America include:
- Midwest Energy News: Jobs on the line as wind tax credit hangs in the breeze
- Stateline: Wind Subsidies Raise a Storm in Heartland States
National and International Blue-Green
E&E News says last year’s “bad snow year” may be a sign of what’s ahead for the ski industry.
Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters, explains why Congress should pass the Safe Chemicals Act over on The Hill’s Congress Blog.
The New York Times looks at several big-box retailers that are using rooftop solar power to meet their energy needs.
Jennifer Granholm explains why she is obsessed with “Made in the USA” on Politico.
According to Recharge News, Spain’s Iberdola has retained its top spot for global installed wind capacity.
To the States
A Republican lawmaker proposed legislation freezing Wisconsin’s renewable energy mandate. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has more.
The Times-Picayune overviews BP’s proposal to “’deep clean’ the sand on beaches along the Louisiana coastline where tar balls and tar mats from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico were uncovered by Hurricane Isaac.”
The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation in Indiana is taking steps to reduce its energy demand. The Evansville Courier & Presshas more about the action that could save cut energy costs by $.7.5-$11 million over the next ten years.
KHON says the Department of Energy is studying a number of renewable energy possibilities in Hawaii.
KTOO News: Study says otters help combat global warming
New York Times: The Growing Might of Solar Power
Politico: House Republicans slam Steven Chu memo
GreenBiz.com: Kara Hurst named to lead Sustainability Consortium
Politico: Barack Obama’s campaign against coal
New York Times: Plasma Gasification Raises Hopes of Clean Energy From Garbage
Denver Business Journal (CO): Bankrupt Abound Solar’s equipment to be auctioned
Twin Cities Business (MN): Power Crisis
Great Falls Tribune (MT): Guest opinion: Pass the Safe Chemicals Act
NWI.com (IN): Rules for right-to-work complaints set to take effect
Air Force Times (NC): Seymour Johnson opposes wind turbine plan
USA Today (NJ): EPA to clean up lead in yard soil in N.J.
NJ Spotlight (NJ): NJ Company Places $8.8 Million Bet on Fledgling Onshore Wind Market
Crain’s Cleaveland Business (OH): High-skilled manufacturing is booming, and Ohio needs workers
Toledo Blade (OH): 2nd area solar firm defaults on state loan
Nashville Public Radio (TN): Global Warming to Stress Tennessee: Vandy, ORNL Experts