In the news: New government leadership, renewable energy policy and incentive push

In the news: New government leadership, renewable energy policy and incentive push

Here on Shoot the Breeze, we’ll keep an eye on the latest news in the wind industry. Each week we will feature the top five stories that have caught our attention.

Industry leaders rely on policy stability to make decisions
SmartBlog on Leadership
Policy instability can affect the decisions of business leaders, regardless of their industry. With energy policy on the forefront in Washington, D.C., businesses want to know the policy landscape ahead so they can make the right choices today. The same is true for associated service businesses, said Wanda Reder, vice president of power-system services at S&C Electric.

Wind firms talk up U.S. incentives
Wind energy executives at an industry conference this week called for long-term federal energy programs that would help development of turbine farms. Steve Trenholm, chief executive officer, E.ON. Climate & Renewables North America, a unit of E.On AG, said he would like to see the current U.S. production tax credit program for wind power extended beyond its current 2012 deadline.

Obama Picks Former Utility CEO, Green Activist, for Commerce Post
The Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama on Tuesday named John Bryson, a longtime energy executive and environmental advocate, to lead the Commerce Department, but the nomination could face resistance from Senate Republicans

Rising fuel prices are forcing energy policy up the US agenda
The Guardian
At the end of March, I had the privilege of joining the climate change minister Gregory Barker and a selection of UK businesses on what was described as the first green trade and policy mission to the US

Germany Cuts Off Nuclear; Guns for Renewables
Renewable Energy World
Germany is poised to become the world's largest testing grounds for renewable energies, following the government's landmark decision to phase out nuclear energy by 2020.

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