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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

December 21, 2012

Without resolution in sight, PTC remains stuck amid varying proposals, priorities

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-12-21 12:55:09

All year, the wind industry’s lobbying arm has been asking Congress for one thing: an immediate extension of its prized tax credit for wind farms that begin construction next year. But a brief renewal of the production tax credit will not be all the support the industry needs over a longer time frame, and a growing mix of proposals is being floated on Capitol Hill to give the industry the certainty it says it needs. The result is a cloudy picture of what the industry can expect lawmakers to deliver, as the narrow debate over wind remains overshadowed by the larger fight over the “fiscal cliff” and increasing fear that Congress will not meet the end-of-the-year deadline to avoid those sweeping tax increases and spending cuts. [ read more … ]

FERC revises which transmission facilities must meet reliability standards

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-12-21 12:55:29

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today accepted a new definition of the “bulk electric system” that changes which transmission lines and facilities must follow mandatory reliability standards. In line with the advice of the North American Electric Reliability Corp., the proposal sets a strict threshold of 100 kilovolts, rather than giving regional grid overseers authority to choose what should count as part of the bulk electric system. [ read more … ]

Interior advances floating turbine proposal, will review Va. research lease

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-12-21 12:55:44

The Interior Department this week advanced a Norwegian company’s proposal to install the nation’s first floating wind turbines off the coast of Maine and said it would also review the state of Virginia’s plan to gauge wind resources off its shore. The two announcements signaled continued momentum in the Obama administration’s plan to expedite offshore wind development from Georgia to Maine. The agency late last month said it will hold the nation’s first competitive lease sales for offshore wind in 2013 off the coasts of Virginia, Massachusetts and Rhode Island [ read more … ]

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