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275+ groups to Obama: keep leading on offshore wind

WASHINGTON, DC–Offshore wind for the Atlantic Coast is closer to reality than ever before and the Obama administration is largely to thank, said environmentalists, public health advocates, faith and elected leaders today. More than 275 groups and officials joined together on a letter to President Obama and his administration, urging them to continue their leadership in developing wind power off the Atlantic Coast.

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Feds continue pursuit of offshore wind

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Obama administration continued its push for clean, renewable energy during a White House summit on offshore wind today, awarding a half-million dollar competitive grant to state offices in Maine, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island to “advance offshore wind market development through multi-state cooperation.”

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Tough carbon pollution limits huge step on climate & clean energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The final Clean Power Plan, scheduled to be unveiled tomorrow, is expected to be even stronger than the original, which required a 30 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. 

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A bipartisan step to advance offshore wind in America

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) today introduced the Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act, which creates an investment tax credit for the first 3,000 MW of offshore wind facilities placed into service off America’s coast.

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President hits home run with executive order to curb global warming pollution

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The federal government will cut its greenhouse gas pollution 40 percent over the next decade, under a sweeping new executive order signed by the president today. The reductions will be achieved through energy savings and increased renewable energy deployment in all sectors of the executive branch, the single largest consumer of energy in the nation. Major U.S. supply firms, including GE, IBM, and Honeywell will also pledge emissions reductions today. The two initiatives combined will cut carbon pollution by 26 million metric tons. 

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Largest offshore wind area in U.S. goes on sale today

Washington, DC -- Today the U.S. Department of the Interior will auction an area about the size of Rhode Island to offshore wind developers, the largest such competitive lease sale ever in the United States. The area off the south coast of Massachusetts could house enough wind turbines to power 700,000 homes, and its sale triples the total area available for commercial offshore wind development in the United States. 

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Senators and advocates: Wind energy could slow global warming, but tax credits needed

WASHINGTON, DC - Expanding wind power across the country could cut as much global warming pollution as 254 coal plants produce in a year, according to a new report, but Congressional action is needed to make that expansion a reality, clean energy advocates said today.

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America’s First Offshore Wind Farm Wins Department of Energy Backing

Wind energy has the potential to take off in the upcoming years as the Department of Energy announces a major step in harnessing this renewable energy source.

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Environment America Looks Ahead to Building on Salazar’s Conservation Legacy

As Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced plans to leave the Department of the Interior at the end of March, Margie Alt, executive director of Environment America, released the following statement: 

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President Obama Says Good News for Clean Energy in 2013 is “Within Sight”

In a mid-day announcement, President Obama said an agreement on the fiscal cliff negotiations is “within sight” and includes extensions of tax credits for clean energy companies. Critical tax credits for wind energy – the renewable energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the offshore wind Investment Tax Credit (ITC) – which have enjoyed bipartisan support and are crucial for the continued growth of American wind power, are set to expire today unless Congress acts. President Obama’s statement implies that these tax credits would be extended as a part of an eleventh-hour deal.