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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 15, 2013

Lawmakers, following Obama’s climate lead, announce a plan to tax carbon

Evan Lehmann, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-02-15 12:52:05

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) will unveil a plan today to tax carbon emissions at $20 a ton, raising potentially $1.2 trillion over 10 years for rebates and investments in clean energy and efficiency.
The Sanders-Boxer bill would cut U.S. carbon emissions 20 percent from 2005 levels by 2025, according to Sanders’ office. Upstream facilities like coal mines and oil refineries would pay the fee, which would increase 5.6 percent annually over a decade. [ read more … ]

Cape Wind developers set sights on Virginia Beach

  •  E&E  •  Posted 2013-02-15 12:52:34

Developers of the Cape Wind project off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts told federal officials they are interested in a wind development area 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va. An Energy Management Inc. spokesman confirmed the company told the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement it may enter bidding to develop the 133-square-mile area. Sea Breeze Power Corp., Dominion Virginia Power and seven other energy companies have also expressed interest. [ read more … ]

Grant sales tax exemptions for wind farms, Nebraska lawmakers are urged

By Paul Hammel, WORLD-HERALD BUREAU  •  E&E  •  Posted 2013-02-15 12:52:52

Advocates for wind energy urged state lawmakers Thursday to grant a sales tax exemption on wind turbines and other equipment to make Nebraska more competitive for new wind farms. Nebraska is falling behind neighboring states, they said, because it does not offer exemptions on the purchases of turbines, towers and other wind-farm equipment. That, a legislative panel was told, adds another $1.2 million a year in financing costs on a midsize wind farm and has forced investors to go elsewhere. [ read more … ]

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