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March 29, 2013

Report: Some federal wind energy programs ‘duplicative’

By Zack Colman, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2013-03-29 11:58:05

Most of the 82 federal programs designed to support wind energy had “overlapping characteristics,” and several “provided some duplicative financial support,” according to a Government Accountability Office report released Thursday. The report said the initiatives amounted to $2.9 billion of obligated expenses and at least $1.1 billion of subsides for wind power in 2011. Most of those subsidies financed construction and use of turbines, the report said. [ read more … ]

Overlapping federal subsidies let some projects get multiple grants, credits — GAO

Emily Yehle, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-03-29 11:58:23

Federal subsidies for wind energy sometimes overlap, letting some projects take several dips into the government’s coffers, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The Republican-requested report outlines the various federal initiatives that support wind energy, identifying areas of duplication amid the more than $4 billion in grants and tax credits that go to wind-related activities. Seven initiatives overlapped in support for wind projects, according to the report: three tax expenditures and a grant from the Treasury Department, a loan guarantee from the Department of Energy, and two programs within the Agriculture Department. That means that a single wind project can simultaneously receive financial support through several federal programs. [ read more … ]

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