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January 7, 2013

Tax credit extension for wind industry brings uncertainty

By Emily Nohr, Omaha WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER  •    •  Posted 2013-01-07 13:16:36

OPPD and NPPD are about halfway toward goals of having 10 percent of their energy mix come from renewable sources by 2020. With the current projects under way, both will meet the goals way ahead of schedule, Rich said, adding that the utilities hope wind development will continue in the state. “The best opportunity is exporting the rest,” he said. Rich said that other parts of the United States could use Nebraska’s wind energy and that the state needs to re-evaluate ways it can be competitive in the industry. Nebraska ranks fourth in wind resources, according to the American Wind Energy Association, but as of 2011 ranked 25th in megawatts generated. [ read more … ]

With long-term fate of PTC in balance, big utility assesses its relationship with wind industry

Nick Juliano and Hannah Northey, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2013-01-07 13:16:57

A top utility is reassessing its membership in the wind industry’s main trade association to focus on lobbying Congress to modify the key tax incentive designed to support construction of wind turbines and send benefits directly to wind purchasers. Xcel Energy, which provides more electricity from wind than any other investor-owned utility, is evaluating whether to stay with the American Wind Energy Association over a disagreement with the trade association over the best way for the government to create incentives for wind development. The company supported an extension of the production tax credit — which was enacted this week after an intense lobbying push from AWEA — but also sought to augment the credit with an incentive that would go directly to utilities. [ read more … ]

Wind turbines wearing down faster than expected, study asserts

  •  Special to E&E  •  Posted 2013-01-07 13:17:16

Wind turbines installed in Denmark and the United Kingdom are wearing down faster than manufacturers expected, a new study claims. The study is billed as the largest of its kind and looked at 3,000 onshore and offshore turbines in operation between 2000 and 2011. But it was published by the U.K.-based Renewable Energy Foundation (REF), a think tank that has campaigned against wind farms, which prompted the wind industry to accuse it of bias. [ read more … ]

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