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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 15, 2013

Tax writers warm to giving renewables parity with fossil fuels

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-04-15 11:51:31

A proposal to allow renewable energy developers to take advantage of a tax structure that has long been popular among fossil fuel companies is gaining traction among lawmakers tasked with overhauling the tax code. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), who is leading a working group examining energy tax provisions, praised the idea of opening master limited partnerships (MLPs) to renewable energy companies. The structures have been popular among oil and gas, pipeline and coal companies as a way to attract investors, but current law does not allow renewable companies like wind and solar developers to use them. [ read more … ]

GOP hopes to take some of the wind out of industry’s government aid

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-04-15 11:51:56

Growing concern over duplication of federal programs to aid wind energy development will receive more attention this week in the House. A hearing tomorrow will consider the findings of a recent Government Accountability Office report on various overlapping federal programs to benefit the industry (Greenwire, March 28). The Republican-requested report has bolstered the efforts of some GOP lawmakers and outside conservative groups to end the production tax credit, the industry’s main support mechanism, and otherwise dial back the extent to which the government subsidizes clean energy development. [ read more … ]

Wind power now keeping D.C. trains on time

Katherine Ling, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-04-15 11:52:11

A central fixture in keeping Congress running is now relying 100 percent on wind energy. Union Station in Washington, D.C., has signed a three-year contract with Herndon, Va.-based Washington Gas Energy Services (WGES) to fulfill all its electricity needs from wind farms based around the region, the company announced this week. [ read more … ]

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