Western NY wind farm gets OK from regulators

Associated Press • Posted: Friday, December 16th, 2011

Regulators have approved construction of wind farm with as many as 59 turbines in western New York.

Spending deal switches off light bulb standards

Source: Katie Howell and Elana Schor • E&E • Posted: Friday, December 16th, 2011

Lawmakers in both chambers signed off on the omnibus spending deal that would fund U.S. EPA, the Energy Department, the Interior Department and other agencies for the rest of fiscal 2012. The deal paves the way for votes in both chambers today, a move that would narrowly avoid a government shutdown when current funding expires at midnight. The 1,200-page conference agreement released just before midnight last night appears nearly identical to language House Republicans released as a stand-alone bill early yesterday morning, including the same steep cuts for EPA and the rider on lighting efficiency standards.

N.C. wind farm can’t close a deal to sell power

Source: John Murawski • Charoltte Observer • Posted: Thursday, December 15th, 2011

The developer of the largest wind farm ever proposed in North Carolina says the project has stalled because no utility wants to buy the power the project would produce.

Congress Takes Up a Partisan Battle, Again, Over Spending

Source: JENNIFER STEINHAUER • Posted: Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Their poll numbers sinking, their constituents badly bruised by economic hardship and with millions of American workers about to get a sudden and unexpected tax increase, what are members of Congress discussing?

Wind, solar flock to different camps as push to extend incentives continues

Source: Katie Howell, E&E reporter • E&E • Posted: Thursday, December 15th, 2011

The renewable energy industry may not be as united in its push to extend an expiring incentive as recent lobbying efforts would indicate.

Shutdown looms as White House objects to omnibus despite lack of big-ticket riders

Source: Elana Schor • E&E • Posted: Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Washington is gearing up today for yet another white-knuckle ride toward a potential government shutdown after the White House warned that the 2012 spending deal could “undercut environmental protections” and instead urged passage of a stopgap plan to keep agencies open past tomorrow’s expiration of federal funds.

Wind, biodiesel subsidies promoted

Source: Phil Brasher • Des Moines Register • Posted: Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

With subsidies for corn ethanol set to disappear at the end of the month, the rest of the renewable-energy industry is lobbying lawmakers to keep government incentives going. The $1-a-gallon tax credit that undergirds the production of biodiesel also is due to expire Dec. 31, while tax incentives that support wind power and advanced forms of ethanol made from nonfood feedstocks are due to end a year from now.

As Md. weighs wind energy, Del. wind farm put on hold

Source: Aaron C. Davis • Washington Post • Posted: Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

State lawmakers have a new factor to consider when weighing Gov. Martin O’Malley’s (D) push to develop offshore wind energy. The developer of a wind farm off the coast of Delaware said the company has put the project on hold because cost-cutting moves by Congress have made it impossible to finance.

Why 2012 Will Be a Bad Year for Renewable Energy

Source: Bryan Walsh • TIME • Posted: Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

More than 7,000 miles away in Washington, however, another negotiation is underway that could be much more important to the climate than the U.N. summit — and the end isn’t likely to be as positive. U.S. wind and solar companies are panicking over the murky future of federal support for renewable energy.

Republican commissioner resigns

Source: Hannah Northey • E&E • Posted: Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Marc Spitzer, a Republican member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, announced his resignation yesterday.