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September 29, 2017

Trump tax plan combines steep cuts and tough questions

Peter Behr, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-29 06:38:52

Trump’s plan would cut the corporate tax rate to 20 percent from 35 percent, rather than the 15 percent rate he had called for. At the same time, the plan would eliminate current tax credits except for deductions for charitable contributions and low-income housing. That provision would zero out long-standing tax benefits for oil and gas drilling, and potentially affect tax credits for wind and solar power installations that Congress renewed in 2015 with phaseout periods. [ read more … ]

Trump to tout rollbacks with agencies, but not EPA

Robin Bravender, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-29 06:39:13

The Trump administration is widely expected to release plans for its rollback of the Obama EPA’s Clean Power Plan next month, although sources say they don’t expect that announcement to be part of Monday’s event. The administration may be opting to keep details about EPA’s regulatory rollbacks out of the White House forum to get extra political mileage out of a Clean Power Plan-specific announcement later in the month. [ read more … ]

Lack of IRS Solar Tax Credit Guidance Clouds New Projects

By Kat Lucero, Bloomberg BNA  •    •  Posted 2017-09-29 06:39:26

Solar energy developers hoping to break ground on large-scale projects want the IRS to define new-construction requirements for a renewable energy tax incentive. At issue are the solar investment tax credit’s “beginning of construction” requirements enacted in 2015 as part of a multiyear phasedown of the incentive. [ read more … ]

Is Zinke signaling a shift from solar? It’s complicated

Hannah Northey and Scott Streater, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2017-09-29 06:39:42

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke delivered a string of comments this week suggesting that large-scale solar power development might not be a wise use of public land. Speaking at a Clean Energy Week conference in Washington on Tuesday, Zinke said the United States will be hooked on fossil fuels for the next two decades without better battery technology to store electricity generated by sun, wind and other renewable energy sources, so extraction of fossil fuels on public lands is going to be in the nation’s best interest. [ read more … ]

Xcel Energy to build 300-megawatt wind farm north of Watertown SD

By Megan Raposa, Argus Leader  •    •  Posted 2017-09-29 06:39:58

Xcel Energy is bringing more wind power to South Dakota. The company on Wednesday announced plans to build a new 300-megawatt wind farm north of Watertown. The “Dakota Range I and II” project will produce enough energy to power more than 157,000 homes. [ read more … ]

Gina McCarthy: Pruitt will ‘lose’ attacks on science

Robin Bravender and Evan Lehmann, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2017-09-29 06:40:24

She berated the Trump administration’s “entire attack on science” and dared her successor, Scott Pruitt, to take on the Obama-era “endangerment finding,” which underpins EPA climate rules. “I think he’s going to lose,” McCarthy said. She was hard-pressed to name one thing Pruitt has done at EPA that she’s liked so far, and she described their only meeting — at court arguments last year when then-Oklahoma Attorney General Pruitt was attempting to overturn a climate rule McCarthy had worked on for years. The fate of that rule — the Clean Power Plan — is now in Pruitt’s hands. [ read more … ]

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