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EFC News - January 18, 2013

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ECG – 1.18.13

The Pew Charitable Trusts released a report urging the “U.S. to capitalize on the hundreds of billions of dollars in renewable energy investment.” The study shows that the United States can greatly benefit from the inevitable global shift to renewable energy, possibly securing 14.5% or $267 billion of the global market over the next 6 years ( ). Governor Jay Inslee echoed similar sentiment during his inauguration speech this week stating Washington needs to be a global leader in clean energy. ( )

More Americans continue to find employment in the renewable energy industry. Vestas is ramping up operations and hiring more workers at its Pueblo plant in Colorado after the extension of the PTC which Vestas felt was “critical to keeping U.S. wind in play” ( Austin Texas has seen a significant increase in the number of solar installation companies the past 8 years partnered with strong job growth. (

The House Energy and Commerce Committee released a report Thursday titled “American Taxpayer Investment, Foreign Corporation Benefit,” claiming foreign companies received approximately four billion of the $16 billion spent on the Department of Energy’s 1603 program ( Energy Fact Check’s previous assessment of the 1603 program shows that the program created American jobs and attracted investments in the American market. ( )

Private investment for renewable energy remains strong, as 2012 was the second highest year for private investment on record and financiers continue to expect strong clean tech investment 2013. This week, Goldman Sachs, “the top arranger for renewable-energy stock offerings last year” is predicting a rebound in the renewable energy industry.( ) Stuart Bernstein who heads the Goldman Sachs renewable unit said “It feels like the worst is behind us.” BP also released a new study predicting “renewable to continue to be the fastest growing class of energy over the next several years.”( )

1. DRIESSEN: Obama’s wishful thinking on green energy (Washington Times)
2. US taxpayers giving $4B to foreign firms for green energy projects, study says (Fox News)
3. House report: 2009 stimulus program sent $4B to foreign green energy companies (Washington Examiner)
4. Guest opinion: Advice, dissent needed on Obama's 'Key Three' (Daily Camera)

1. Wind Beat Natural Gas As America's Fastest-Growing Power Source In 2012 (Business Insider)
Sample Tweet: What was the fastest-growing power source in 2012? #Windenergy by far!
2. US urged to capitalise on hundreds of billions in renewable energy investment (The Guardian)
3. Goldman Leading Renewable Offerings Says Slump Is Ending (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Sample Tweet: Goldman Sachs gearing up for increased investment in #renewableenergy, forecasting strong investment landscape.
4. Sustainable energy center has new admiral (U-T San Diego)
5. Clean Tech and the Big Turnaround (Huffington Post)
6. U.S. Wind Power Accounted for 6% of Generation Capacity in 2012 (Bloomberg Businessweek)
7. Solar cheap enough to compete without subsidies in parts of U.S. (Fox Reno)

1. Study of state’s renewable-power mandate has support of environmentalists, utility companies (Montana Independent Record)
2. Va. lawmakers considering changes to utility incentives (Virginia Pilot)
3. Vestas To Make More Products for other Wind Companies -Operating Chief (Fox Business)
4. Aemetis Idles California Ethanol Plant, Plans Sorghum Shift (Bloomberg)

1. Renewable Energy Industries’ Contribution to the North Dakota Economy (North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy)

National & State Politics
2. DOE names new Bonneville Power Administration chief (The Hill)
3. Pew advocates national clean-energy standard (Philadelphia Inquirer)
4. U.S. Missing the Boat on Clean Tech, Pew Study Finds (Green Tech Media)
5. Obama to focus on renewable energy, climate change (Salon)
6. Aspen takes public comments about its energy future (Denver Post)
7. Energy Secretary Chu Said to Plan Departure From Cabinet (Bloomberg)
8. Theresa Drake: Idaho Power proposal will encourage small-scale renewable projects (Idaho Statesman)
9. Breaking Down the Federal Clean Energy Innovation Budget: Demonstration Projects (Consumer Energy Report)
10. Building on President Obama’s Clean Energy Successes (Center for American Progress)
11. Clean Line Energy working to bring clean wind energy to Missouri (KSDK News)
12. Outer Banks institute goes deep for clean energy (Virginia Pilot)

Solar, Wind, Hydro, Biomass
1. Renewable energy companies get second wind with tax credit extension (Houston Business Journal)
2. Renewable energy surge (Austin Business Journal)
3. Oregon wave energy plan ready for vote after four years of work (The Oregonian)
4. Wind Farm Coming To Eastern Nebraska (NBC News 6 Nebraska)
5. WWF Report Finds Solar Land Use Doesn’t Conflict With Conservation Goals (Clean Technica)
6. It takes a whole lot of energy to start a wind farm (Sacramento Business Journal)
7. Contractors named for wind energy transmission project (NJ Biz)
8. Mass Megawatts brings low-cost wind energy system to market (Boston Business Journal)
9. Proposal resubmitted for Anaconda wind farm (The Montana Standard)

Vehicles, Biofuels, Electrification
1. Report highlights economic impact of ethanol in N.D. (Ethanol Producer Magazine)
2. Could our Corn Belt "grow" energy more efficiently--and help clean up our waters too? (Natural Resources Defense Council)
3. GM remains 'excited' for electric cars (WOOD TV Michigan)
4. Recharging electric cars no big deal (Portland Tribune)
5. J.D. Power: Fuel Economy Is #1 Car Criteria, But Bad Styling Can Keep Customers Away (Washington Post)
6. EPA: New Ford Fusion Energi Delivers 620-Mile Range, 21 In EV Mode; Beats Honda Accord, Toyota Prius PHEVs (Automotive World)
7. Why 2012 was pivotal for next-gen transportation (Sustainable Business Oregon)



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