OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Shutdown can’t stop wind tax credit attacks

Source: By Ben Geman - 10/01/13 05:21 PM ET, The • Posted: Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

House Republicans will take aim at wind energy tax credits at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing. And they’re using the government shutdown as ammunition for political attacks.
“With the federal government currently at a standstill over budget negotiations, it is imperative for Congress to continue to root out and address wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars,” states an advisory for the Wednesday hearing on the production tax credit.

Interior to evaluate Ore. floating-turbine project

Source: Phil Taylor, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

The Interior Department is evaluating a Seattle company’s proposal to install what could be the nation’s first commercial-scale floating wind turbines off the coast of Oregon The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Friday said it is determining whether there is any competitive interest in the 15-square-mile area off Coos Bay, where Principle Power Inc. has proposed building a 30-megawatt wind farm.

Vestas Joins With Mitsubishi for Offshore Turbines

Source: By MARK SCOTT and STANLEY REED, New York Times • Posted: Monday, September 30th, 2013

The Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas received a financial lift on Friday as it announced a joint venture with Mitsubishi Heavy Industry of Japan to develop offshore wind energy. While Vestas is the world’s largest maker of wind turbines, along with General Electric, it has been slow to move into the market for offshore turbines. That has allowed Siemens in Europe to gain an expanding share of the small but fast-growing sector

FERC defends controversial transmission rule in court

Source: Hannah Northey, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, September 30th, 2013

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week defended one of its largest and most controversial rules in a federal appeals court against a host of state regulators, utilities and industry groups that have accused the agency of overstepping its authority. FERC told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that it acted within its legal rights under the Federal Power Act to issue its 2011 ruling, dubbed “Order 1000,” which aims to transform the way power lines are planned across the country.

White House looks to replace Binz, Senate panel spokesman says

Source: Hannah Northey, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, September 30th, 2013

The White House is considering other candidates to replace President Obama’s troubled pick of Colorado regulator Ron Binz to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, a spokesman for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee said today. “The committee is aware other candidates are being considered for FERC,” said Keith Chu, spokesman for Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

House committee to probe wind tax credit as expiration date once again approaches

Source: Nick Juliano, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, September 30th, 2013

A House committee this week will revive a debate that has been dormant on Capitol Hill for most of this year with a hearing examining the implications of a key renewable energy tax credit that again is set to expire in a few months. The future of the wind production tax credit was among the biggest energy policy issues debated in Congress last year, leading to an eleventh-hour extension in January as part of a broader fiscal package. Since then, lawmakers have turned their attention elsewhere, and the fate of the PTC fell in with broader negotiations around a comprehensive overhaul of the tax code.

Vestas lands big order for wind farms

Source: Cathy Proctor, Reporter-Denver Business Journal • Posted: Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Two Colorado companies are teaming up to build more wind farms across the United States. Danish Vestas Wind Systems, with four manufacturing plants along Colorado’s Front Range, said Friday it’s reached an agreement to supply up to 610 megawatts worth of wind turbines to Broomfield’s Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. — better known as RES Americas. Vestas also announced Friday it had received the first order from the RES supply agreement, for 60 megawatts worth of wind turbines. The agreement calls for Vestas to supply its V100-2.0 MW turbine for all of RES’s wind farm projects, up to 610 megawatts. Those projects are expected to happen in 2014 and 2015.

Wind power generation surges in Texas

Source: By JAMES OSBORNE Staff Writer, Dallas Morning News • Posted: Saturday, September 21st, 2013

After a lackluster 2012, wind power in Texas is on the rebound. Through the first eight months of the year the amount of power generated by wind farms within Texas’ electrical grid surpassed 23 million megawatts. That’s up almost 20 percent from last year and is the largest increase since 2010, according to data released last week by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

Senate GOP uses new EPA rule to attack Dems in 7 competitive races

Source: Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporter • Posted: Saturday, September 21st, 2013

The campaign arm for Senate Republicans wasted no time today criticizing Democratic lawmakers and candidates in seven states over U.S. EPA’s new proposals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new coal plants
In a news release targeting Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), the National Republican Senatorial Committee wrote that the proposed rules would “cripple the coal industry.” The releases also aim to tie GOP targets like Hagan, who won her first term by defeating then-Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R) in 2008, to President Obama’s administration.

EPA’s new carbon rule sparks battle over CCS, with legal challenges likely

Source: Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter • Posted: Saturday, September 21st, 2013

U.S. EPA’s just-released proposal that for the first time would require all future coal-fired power plants to capture and store a share of their carbon dioxide emissions has set off an immediate war of words between industry groups, which oppose it, and environmentalists and their political allies, who embrace it.