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It’s déjà vu all over again. Once again, political shortsightedness threatens to stifle a booming wind industry just as it did 30 years ago. Looking Back In the 1970’s there were two major oil shocks which spurred significant federal R&D investment in renewable energy technologies, and encouraged Congress to put...

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We enter 2012 in a flood of uncertainty:

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I love the holiday season. Where I grew up, Christmas was the major family holiday with a concentration of visits to the pub followed by overeating and naps. The holiday itself was centered on gift giving surprises, food preparation, more imbibing, and attempts to find batteries which were not included...

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Tax Expenditures for Electricity Production FY 2002-2007. Source: Government Accountability Office, November 2007On the PTC, critics of renewable energy love to ask: when will wind stand on its own two feet? To that, I’d answer: when fossil fuels can—when the true costs of fossil fuels are factored into the price...

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Earlier this month, I was fortunate enough to attend the AWEA Fall Symposium. This year it was held in southern California at a lovely hotel. To any casual observer, it appeared to be a normal corporate networking conference.

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Green is gone

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I’ve been wondering lately what it’s going to take to get this country of ours to wake up to what we’re doing to the air we breathe and the water we drink. Sometimes I wish I were a psychologist…well not really, but I do wish I had an answer for...

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It’s August 2. The United States has averted default on its sovereign debt, but at what cost? Having watched with the rest of the world the unedifying spectacle of our not so courageous political leadership negotiate with the hostage-taking ideologues of the Tea Party, I find myself relying on the...

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I have just returned from AWEA’s annual conference and exhibition – WINDPOWER 2011 – at the Anaheim Convention Center. I must say it was impressive, three days of high quality presentations, several meetings of industry working groups and committees, and a simply enormous exhibition with a an impressive array of...

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