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December 7, 2012
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  • Ala. restaurant installs wind turbine
    The Original Oyster House restaurant in Spanish Fort, Ala., will erect a wind turbine to reduce its utility bills. "We've been in business for 30 years and have always prided ourselves on being good neighbors and good stewards. By installing this wind turbine, we're ramping up our efforts to become more environmentally friendly," said Joe Roszkowski, president of the Original Oyster House. (Alabama)/Technology blog (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ending PTC would hurt economy, business leaders say
    A coalition of Chamber of Commerce chapters, called Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy, is urging Congress to renew the wind-energy Production Tax Credit. "Allowing the tax credit for wind energy to expire now would only take us backwards and hurt our local and national economy," said Jay Chesshir, president and CEO of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce in Arkansas. (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Group of lawmakers seeks to include PTC extension in budget deal
    A bipartisan group of lawmakers is working to include a one-year extension of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit as part of a broader deal in Congress to avoid the "fiscal cliff." Analysts say PTC expiration would deal a crippling blow to wind energy and the the jobs that go with it. "Wind would take a hit" if the PTC were allowed to expire Dec. 31, said Michael Bernier, an analyst at Ernst & Young. An expiration "would be devastating. ... Half the jobs in the industry could be lost within a year," said Robert Gramlich, senior vice president of public policy for the American Wind Energy Association. USA Today (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mont. residents sign petition to save PTC
    A petition signed by 965 Montana residents calling for the extension of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit was presented to the office of Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont. Allowing the PTC to expire would jeopardize wind projects in the state and put jobs at risk, said Dave Dittloff of the National Wildlife Federation, which was joined by the Montana Environmental Information Center, Montana Conservation Voters and Sierra Club in the signature drive. "This is a jobs issue," Dittloff said. Great Falls Tribune (Mont.) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Wind-Wildlife Meeting Highlights Wind Industry's Proactive Approach
    The nation's leading scientists on wind energy and wildlife convened last week in Denver for the ninth biennial Wind Wildlife Research Meeting to share their latest findings and evaluate progress in understanding and addressing wind energy's potential impacts on wildlife and wildlife habitat. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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