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December 19, 2012

PTC debate simmers amid ongoing ‘cliff’ recriminations

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-12-19 12:55:25

The ongoing war of words over the “fiscal cliff” that intensified yesterday left unanswered one of the most important questions for energy watchers: What will happen to a suite of expired or expiring tax credits? The debate over those incentives, including the wind production tax credit and subsidies to promote energy efficiency and alternative fuels, has largely simmered on the back burner amid the broader debate over across-the-board tax hikes and spending cuts scheduled to take effect in January. That is still the case, although observers continue to believe they have a good chance of being included in a year-end cliff package, if there is one. [ read more … ]

Boehner preparing ‘Plan B’ tax bill; wind PTC unlikely to be included

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-12-19 12:55:46

House Speaker John Boehner said yesterday that he’s preparing to bring a “Plan B” bill to the floor that would extend existing tax rates for all but the wealthiest individuals, but aides and lawmakers say the legislation is unlikely to include an extension to the wind production tax credit or other temporary incentives. The bill would extend current tax rates for people who make less than $1 million per year, the Ohio Republican said at a news conference this morning after a meeting of the House Republican Conference. The bill is expected to come to a vote Thursday. [ read more … ]

Colorado: Wind turbines make 17 percent of Xcel’s electricity, but future cloudy

  •    •  Posted 2012-12-19 12:56:11

A record amount of wind is being turned into electricity in Colorado this week as the last of 250 turbines started turning at NextEra Energy Resource’s Limon wind farm. The wind is now providing about 17 percent of all the electricity used by Xcel Energy customers — more than four times the national average. [ read more … ]

U.S. slaps duties on China wind towers, high-level talks begin

By Doug Palmer, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2012-12-19 12:56:28

The United States on Tuesday pressed forward with plans to slap steep punitive duties on wind turbine towers imported from China at prices deemed unfairly low, even as officials welcomed a high-level Chinese delegation for trade and economic talks. The U.S. Commerce Department set final anti-dumping duties ranging from 44.99 to 70.63 percent on utility-scale towers manufactured in China and additional countervailing duties of 21.86 to 34.81 percent to combat Chinese government subsidies. [ read more … ]

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