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March 22, 2013

Renewed Tax Credit Buoys Wind-Power Projects

By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2013-03-22 12:03:45

“Deals are getting signed; people are ramping up their production facilities again,” said Peter C. Duprey, chief executive of Broadwind. “The whole industry went through either a shutdown or idling at the end of last year and are now quickly trying to gear back up again.” The rush to development is in large part because of Congress. Lawmakers had allowed a popular incentive, known as the production tax credit, to lapse at the end of last year, but then renewed it in January. They also changed the requirement so that projects only have to be under construction by the end of the year to qualify, rather than fully operational, as had traditionally been the case. [ read more … ]

Wind power development off Virginia begs the question: What’s out there?

  •  By Associated Press, Published: March 21  •  Posted 2013-03-22 12:04:18

Before energy companies invest in developing wind energy off Virginia’s coast, they’ll need to know what’s out there: sea life, what the ocean floor is like, shipping routes, migratory birds and wind speeds. A Virginia Beach startup has begun the daunting task of collecting that data.
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Wyden vows committee oversight, tax incentives to advance smart grid

Katherine Ling, E&E reporter  •  By Associated Press, Published: March 21  •  Posted 2013-03-22 12:04:34

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden promised today to do everything he can to move the government’s “clumsy … machinery” to make the U.S. electric grid a smart grid. The Oregon Democrat said he is planning to hold oversight hearings with federal agencies responsible for building out the smart grid to understand whether they are working on all angles to facilitate a transition to a digitized grid, especially on the consumer end. [ read more … ]

A split FERC makes headway on landmark Order 1000

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •  By Associated Press, Published: March 21  •  Posted 2013-03-22 12:04:51

In a vote split along partisan lines, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today approved plans in the Midwest and mid-Atlantic for revamping the grid planning process, while the two Republicans on the commission rejected the order and expressed concern about the fate of new projects. FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, a Democrat, and Democratic Commissioners Cheryl Lafleur and John Norris found that PJM Interconnection and the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator had largely complied with Order 1000, the agency’s landmark ruling that revamps the way new power lines are planned and paid for. [ read more … ]

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