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May 14, 2012

White House, analysts, utilities to weigh in on Bingaman CES bill

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-05-14 11:45:51

Soon after President Obama announced the goal of converting 80 percent of America’s electricity generation to “clean” sources in his 2011 State of the Union address, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Jeff Bingaman started working to translate the idea into legislation. Bingaman’s “Clean Energy Standard Act” was introduced earlier this year and has been analyzed by the administration’s energy number-crunchers; this week brings the next step when the New Mexico Democrat convenes the first hearing on the proposa [ read more … ]

Wind industry’s future in question as tax credit nears end

By K Kaufmann, The (Palm Springs, Calif.) Desert Sun, USAToday  •    •  Posted 2012-05-14 11:46:27

The end of a key federal tax incentive for the wind industry could put a damper on much-needed wind turbine replacement efforts — known as repowering — just as many of the region’s iconic windmills are hitting the upper limit of their 30-year lifespan. The credit provides wind developers a tax break of 2.2 cents per kilowatt-hour for the power they generate from utility-scale wind projects for the first 10 years of production. It’s set to expire Dec. 31.
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NPPD moratorium could stall wind energy development in Nebraska

By ALGIS J. LAUKAITIS / Lincoln Journal Star  •    •  Posted 2012-05-14 11:46:48

Nebraska’s gust of wind energy could be slowing to a breeze. The Nebraska Public Power District — considered the leader in wind energy development in the state — intends to build few, if any, wind farms over the next five years. Wind energy supporters view NPPD’s decision — outlined in a resolution — as a moratorium. They say the state’s largest electric utility should be doing more, not less, to develop wind energy resources. [ read more … ]

Tenaska is a powerhouse at 25

By Steve Jordon, WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER  •    •  Posted 2012-05-14 11:47:07

No surprise that longtime Omaha construction and mining company Kiewit Corp. is the 26th-largest privately owned company in the nation, based on its $9.94 billion in revenue last year. But you might be surprised to know that another Omaha-based company tops Kiewit on that Forbes magazine list, making it the biggest privately owned company in Nebraska or Iowa. [ read more … ]

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