Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the world's biggest maker of wind turbines, has cut about a fifth of its U.S. jobs as it waits for lawmakers to decide whether to extend a tax credit for the industry.
In just over one month, wind manufacturers in the U.S. have announced layoffs of more than 1,130 workers around the country. The layoffs come in states such as Colorado, Florida, and Iowa that are considered "battlegrounds" in national elections.
A legislative field hearing held on the recently proposed "Saving Our Dams and Hydropower Development and Jobs Act of 2012" provided an opportunity for witnesses to explain the bill's benefits.
Legislation introduced to the U.S. House could help promote hydroelectricity by ending practices that diminish existing hydropower and discourage new development, HydroWorld.com has learned.
A bill passed this past week by the Massachusetts Legislature will help develop hydroelectric power within the state.
The Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on draft legislation that would improve the regulatory framework for hydropower development earlier this week.
There is no denying it – what happened last December in Copenhagen was disappointing. But although only a weak, non-binding agreement emerged from COP 15, the struggle for climate legislation is by no means over. In fact, as we watch more than 200,000 gallons of oil spill each day into the Gulf of Mexico, we have more proof than ever that we must continue the struggle.
The National Hydropower Association is proposing draft legislation titled "Hydropower Renewable Energy and Jobs Act of 2010," telling HydroWorld.com the bill is intended to significantly boost hydropower development and spur industry jobs growth.
Last summer, clean energy advocates were confident that the U.S. Congress would pass a comprehensive energy and climate bill by the time the Copenhagen conference rolled around. Now, as energy issues slip further down the policy priority list in the wake of that failed meeting, advocates are left wondering if the U.S. will see any significant piece of clean energy legislation in 2010.
California state officials have signed new legislation for what they call "a model of federal-state initiative and cooperation" for reviewing and applying funding for renewable energy development, in a push to meet a mandated goal of a third of its energy received via renewable sources by 2020.