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December 3, 2012

Wind credit backers floating on the tide of fiscal talks, hoping not to sink

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-12-03 12:59:28

Just as the passengers on the Titanic could do nothing to avoid that iceberg, supporters of a key wind industry tax break have little control at this point over whether their incentive will continue into next year.

Proponents of the wind production tax credit (PTC) believe they have largely won the argument over the merits of extending it at least through next year — with a deep, bipartisan bench in both chambers of Congress on board in principle with an extension. But there is little appetite in Congress to address the credit in isolation of the broader suite of tax-and-spending issues collectively known as the “fiscal cliff.” [ read more … ]

Interior announces first-ever Atlantic lease sales in 2013

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-12-03 13:00:09

The Obama administration today announced it will hold its first competitive lease sales next year for offshore wind in U.S. waters, a decision that was hailed by clean energy advocates, industry groups and East Coast lawmakers. The Interior Department said two lease sales will be held in wind energy areas off the coast of Virginia and in federal waters shared by Rhode Island and Massachusetts. [ read more … ]

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