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February 20, 2013

Wind, solar lobbyists scramble to shield grants from sequester cuts

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-02-20 14:34:42

weeping federal spending cuts scheduled to take effect next month have sparked a quiet lobbying campaign and veiled threats of lawsuits from renewable energy interests expecting smaller project grants. Much remains unknown about the depth of the cuts or how many grantees would be affected. But if Congress and the White House are unable to reach a deal to avoid “sequestration” before March 1, spending cuts will hit virtually every line in the federal government’s budget, including the clean energy grant program created in the 2009 stimulus law. [ read more … ]

Wyo. dreams of marrying its wind to rich Calif. markets

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-02-20 14:35:00

If all goes according to plan, a few years hence, hundreds of thousands of homes in Southern California will be turning on their lights with electricity generated by Wyoming’s whipping winds. That’s the ambitious vision of billionaire-backed energy companies and economic development officials aiming to construct thousands of turbines and hundreds of miles of power lines connecting remote, windy Wyoming to dense cities across the Desert Southwest. [ read more … ]

Proposed Nebraska incentives for wind energy up in the air

By Martha Stoddard, WORLD-HERALD bureau  •    •  Posted 2013-02-20 14:35:18

The governor and State Sen. Brad Ashford of Omaha on Monday urged state lawmakers to hold off on passing new tax exemptions while they work on overhauling the whole tax system. If the Legislature’s Revenue Committee heeds their calls, two bills that would add wind farms to the state’s business tax incentive programs would be sunk. [ read more … ]

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