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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 30, 2021

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Supreme Court Backs Pipes on Land-Use Suits in PennEast Win

By Greg Stohr, Bloomberg Law  •    •  Posted 2021-06-30 15:46:50

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that natural-gas pipeline projects with federal approval can seize state-owned land, boosting PennEast Pipeline Co.’s planned 116-mile line through Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In a 5-4 ruling Tuesday that asserted a broad federal power to acquire lands needed for national infrastructure projects, the justices rejected New Jersey’s contention that sovereign immunity shields the state from being sued by PennEast. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Treasury, IRS extend safe harbor for renewable energy projects

By Chorus Nylander, KVOA  •    •  Posted 2021-06-30 15:47:18

The Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday issued guidance for taxpayers developing renewable energy projects to address delays related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In prior IRS notices, the Treasury Department and the IRS established the Continuity Safe Harbor that allows an eligible renewable energy project to be deemed to satisfy the continuity requirement for taking the production tax credit and the investment tax credit (Continuity Safe Harbor) if the taxpayer places the project in service within a certain period that starts in the taxable year in which construction of the project began. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Bill Gates-backed merger eyes solar breakthrough

By Peter Behr, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-06-30 15:47:36

A new venture to develop next generation tandem solar cells was announced yesterday with the backing of Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a Texas energy company and First Solar Inc., the largest U.S. solar panel manufacturer. Two solar energy entrepreneurs, 1366 Technologies Inc., of Bedford, Mass., and Dallas-based Hunt Perovskite Technologies LLC, merged their businesses to create the new company, CubicPV, with $25 million in outside investments. [ read more … ]

New Solar Farm Starts Up to Power MGM Buildings in Las Vegas

By Ximena Del Cerro, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-06-30 15:48:18

Invenergy and American Electric Power Co. started up a Nevada solar array that will provide 90% of the daytime power for 13 MGM Resorts International properties in Las Vegas. The 100-megawatt solar farm can produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of 27,000 homes and is projected to operate for 35 years, Invenergy said in a statement.
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Biden Administration

Biden’s Plan For More Power Lines Could Bring More Reliable, Renewable Energy To Indiana

By REBECCA THIELE, Indiana Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2021-06-30 15:49:21

The infrastructure deal between U.S. senators and President Joe Biden includes building thousands of miles of transmission lines. Those are things like poles and wires that get electricity where it’s needed. If the plan goes through, that could mean more reliable and renewable energy in Indiana. Indiana utilities don’t just need new transmission lines to get power from something like a new rural wind farm to a major metropolis. The more connected the grid is, the more possible it is for utilities that rely on renewables to buy energy from other states when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing.
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States

Bill creating new hurdles for wind and solar heads to Ohio governor

By Jake Zuckerman, Ohio Capital Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-06-30 15:48:40

State GOP lawmakers passed legislation around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning that bestows new powers unto county commissioners, allowing them kill wind and solar projects early in their development. The bill, which now goes to Gov. Mike DeWine for consideration, would also allow commissioners to block wind or solar development in all or part of an unincorporated area of the county.
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