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December 12, 2012

Congress girds for a long December

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-12-12 13:06:51

It’s looking less and less likely that Congress and the White House will reach agreement on the year-end “fiscal cliff” before Christmas, leading to predictions Washington is in for a long December waiting for a resolution. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) continued to blast Republicans over the fiscal cliff negotiations — which cover a suite of impending tax hikes and across-the-board spending cuts lawmakers and President Obama would like to avoid, although they have not agreed on how. And he doused expectations that a resolution would present itself in the next two weeks. [ read more … ]

Non-wind renewables voice support for PTC modification

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-12-12 13:07:17

While wind has grabbed most of the attention in the push to extend the production tax credit, other renewable energy industries are lobbying in support of a small but significant tweak to the credit’s eligibility requirements endorsed by a Senate committee earlier this year. Representatives of the biomass, hydropower, geothermal and waste-to-energy industries wrote President Obama applauding his support for the PTC. [ read more … ]

PTC opponents target lawmakers from non-RPS states

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-12-12 13:07:45

Opponents of a key renewable tax credit are urging lawmakers whose states do not require renewable energy to oppose an extension of the credit, arguing it leads their constituents to subsidize activity in other states. The letter comes as Congress continues to deliberate the fate of the wind production tax credit, which is set to expire at the end of this year. Supporters remain optimistic the credit will win an extension as part of a “fiscal cliff” deal, but it is attracting intense opposition from fiscal conservative groups that argue it is too costly. Six conservative groups, including the American Energy Alliance, Heritage Action for American and the Competitive Enterprise Institute, today are sending a letter to 158 members from states without renewable portfolio standards urging them to let the credit die.
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Desperate ranchers chase after wind in vain scramble for financial lifeline

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-12-12 13:08:11

In renewable energy, just as in real estate, the game is “location, location, location.” And Tenorio and his neighbors found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Their efforts to secure a link to the electric grid fizzled this year when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C., ruled that the proposed line they needed couldn’t proceed until other projects were built. [ read more … ]

Fears of losing tax credit take the sales out of the wind turbine business

Nathanial Gronewold, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-12-12 13:08:35

Wind energy enthusiasts in Texas are beginning to think the time has come to look beyond federal support for their industry, turning their attention instead to Austin and other regional state capitals. With the survival of the federal production tax credit (PTC) hanging in the balance, new investment in towers and turbines in the nation’s largest wind energy state is coming to a screeching halt. Ongoing projects are scrambling to be completed by the end of this month to make them eligible to receive the tax credits for 2012, but new projects aren’t happening, according to the offices of the Texas Wind Energy Clearinghouse in Sweetwater. [ read more … ]

OPPD aims to double its wind energy

By Erin Golden, WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER  •    •  Posted 2012-12-12 13:08:53

The Omaha Public Power District is looking to nearly double its wind energy producing power with a new project near Elgin, Neb. On Thursday, the district’s board will vote on the purchase of 200 megawatts of energy from the Prairie Breeze Wind Farm. The 118-tower wind farm, located in Boone and Antelope counties, is scheduled to open in January 2014 and will produce enough electricity to power 59,000 homes. OPPD would purchase the power from the company building the farm, the Chicago-based wind development company Invenergy. [ read more … ]

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