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March 8, 2013

Nebraska governor blasts committee for advancing bill on wind energy tax incentives

Martha Stoddard, WORLD-HERALD BUREAU  •    •  Posted 2013-03-08 12:57:22

Gov. Dave Heineman slammed the Revenue Committee on Thursday for advancing a bill to make wind energy projects eligible for state business tax incentives. The governor called the committee’s priorities “misguided” and said Nebraska citizens bear the burden for special-interest tax breaks. “It is very disappointing that the Legislature’s Revenue Committee has decided to provide out-of-state wind energy developers a tax break, but the Revenue Committee refuses to provide much-needed tax relief to Nebraska families, Nebraska seniors, Nebraska veterans and Nebraska small-business owners,” Heineman said. [ read more … ]

Is South Dakota ‘open for business’ for wind developers?

by Dan Haugen, Midwest Energy News  •    •  Posted 2013-03-08 12:57:42

A South Dakota legislative conference committee agreed Thursday on an economic development proposal that could help the state’s wind industry catch up to its potential. Taxes on wind farm construction in South Dakota are currently the highest in the region —up to ten times higher than in Iowa, Minnesota or North Dakota. [ read more … ]

Inslee pushes for outside advice on how Wash. can reduce emissions

E&E  •    •  Posted 2013-03-08 12:58:09

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) is pushing a plan to hire an outside group to advise the state on how it can reduce its carbon emissions while still increasing its energy output. “This is not some kind of hypothetical, far-off-in-the-distant-future thing that seven generations from now they can worry about,” Inslee told the state House Environment Committee. “It’s right here, and it’s right now.” [ read more … ]

PTC critics question industry jobs estimate

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-03-08 12:58:29

“The PTC has clearly proven its effectiveness in driving dramatic growth in construction and manufacturing jobs,” AWEA spokesman Peter Kelley said in an emailed statement. “It is not surprising that these known opponents of clean energy challenge the numbers of a leading economic and energy consulting firm — they did the same thing with the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates — and there are obvious and glaring flaws in their claims.” [ read more … ]

Wyo. company to test new storage technology in wind project

E&E  •    •  Posted 2013-03-08 12:58:47

An energy company is hoping to test out a way to store energy generated by wind turbines. Wyoming-based Winhyne Energy Group hopes to install a hydraulic pump system to the towers of its planned nine-turbine wind project. The pumps would store pressure as the turbines rotate, which would be used to turn a hydraulic motor and spin a generator. If the energy isn’t immediately needed, it would be stored by compressing nitrogen into a pipeline system. [ read more … ]

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