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December 14, 2017

Disputed House PTC ITC provisions said to be dropped

Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-12-14 06:42:15

Senator Murkowski and Senator Thune both indicated that efforts continue to fix the base erosion anti-abuse tax provisions in the Senate bill — which renewable sectors say will stifle foreign investment. “They’re still in flux,” Murkowski said. [ read more … ]

Tax Compromise Keeps Wind and Electric-Car Credits, Source Says

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-12-14 06:42:44

House and Senate negotiators have agreed to spare the electric-vehicle tax credit and wind production tax credit in their compromise package, according to a Republican familiar with the process. Still undecided is a provision in the Senate bill that imposes a minimum tax on foreign transactions for JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp. and other large multinational companies that threatens to erode the value of solar and wind tax credits. “We’re working on it.” [ read more … ]

Some Republicans are reconsidering the tax bill’s attack on renewable energy

By Umair Irfan, Vox  •    •  Posted 2017-12-14 06:43:06

Both the House and Senate versions of the Republican tax bill now include provisions that would serioulsy threaten the wind and solar industries. The hemming and hawing over them is meanwhile also stalling more than $20 billion in investment in clean energy, according to Democratic lawmakers who oppose the cuts. But here’s the catch: wind and solar are booming not just in deep blue states like California, but also in red states like Texas, Wyoming, Kansas, and Iowa. Texas, Wyoming, Kansas, and Colorado have become leaders in renewable energy and also benefit from federal incentives for electric cars and home efficiency upgrades that could be cut under the bill. [ read more … ]

Perry pumps millions into offshore wind research

By David Foxwell, Offshore Wind Journal  •    •  Posted 2017-12-14 06:43:38

US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has announced US$18.5M in new Department of Energy funding for research and development that will focus on a US-specific cost reduction in offshore wind energy. The consortium will be a co-operative private-public ‘innovation hub’ addressing topics including wind technology advancement, resource and physical site characterisation, installation, operations and maintenance, and supply chain technology solutions. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Gov-elect NJ governor Murphy will finish what Christie wouldn’t to combat climate change – wind farms

By Jeanne M. Fox, Newark Star-Ledger  •    •  Posted 2017-12-14 06:43:51

New Jersey offers some of the best offshore wind resources along the east coast with approximately 344,000 acres under federal lease and available for development. It’s able to support more than 3,000 Megawatts of installed capacity, and feeds into the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland (PJM) power pool as the largest and most competitive energy market in North America serving all or parts of 14 states. [ read more … ]

4 solar fights roiling Capitol Hill

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-12-14 06:44:12

The Department of Energy’s solar office is a waste of money. The Trump administration acted improperly in putting together its budget. The Obama administration screwed up solar loans. Those were some of the arguments made at a House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing yesterday on solar technology. [ read more … ]

U.S. solar installations to fall more than expected in 2017

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-12-14 06:44:31

U.S. solar installations will fall more than expected this year, according to an industry report released on Thursday, due to weakened demand for residential systems and delays on large projects over concerns that President Donald Trump will impose tariffs on imported panels, increasing costs.
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New EPA air boss outlines next steps for doomed climate rule

Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-12-14 06:44:47

The Trump administration will “very soon” ask for public comment on how it could replace the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, U.S. EPA’s new air office chief said yesterday. In one of his first public appearances since taking the air job, Bill Wehrum told reporters that he hopes Administrator Scott Pruitt will sign a so-called advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) on a replacement for the Obama-era climate regulation within a “few days.” [ read more … ]

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