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April 16, 2013

IRS releases guidance on expanded PTC eligibility

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-04-16 11:59:55

Wind and other eligible renewable energy developers will be able to claim the production tax credit as long as they spend at least 5 percent of a project’s costs by the end of this year, the Internal Revenue Service said today in eagerly anticipated guidelines. The document clarifies an expansion of the PTC’s eligibility that Congress enacted in January, as it extended the credit through the end of this year for wind. Rather than needing to have facilities in service before the credit expires, developers have to commence construction by Dec. 31 to claim the 2.3-cents-per-kilowatt-hour subsidy. [ read more … ]

Conservative groups urge governors to resist extension of wind tax credit

  •    •  Posted 2013-04-16 12:00:14

A coalition of conservative groups is using today’s tax-filing deadline to continue its campaign against a key wind industry tax credit. The American Energy Alliance, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, FreedomWorks and other groups sent a letter today to 21 governors whose states do not have renewable portfolio standards to urge them to lobby against an extension of the national wind production tax credit, which expires at the end of this year. The groups argue that the credit amounts to a subsidy for states with renewable energy requirements, paid for by taxpayers in states without such requirements. [ read more … ]

DOE and NREL Announce Inaugural Collegiate Wind Competition Teams

DOE-NREL News Release  •    •  Posted 2013-04-16 12:00:34

The Collegiate Wind Competition is a forum for undergraduate college students of multiple disciplines to investigate innovative wind energy concepts; gain experience designing, building, and testing a wind turbine to perform according to a customized market data-derived business plan; and increase their knowledge of wind industry barriers. NREL is facilitating the inaugural competition, which will take place in spring 2014.
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Once indispensable to powerful pols, FERC commissioner navigates power politics

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-04-16 12:00:51

John Norris spent more than three decades running high-profile political campaigns in his home state of Iowa — and once ran for Congress himself. But these days, as a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, he’s more interested in the wonky world of transmission and pipeline policy than maneuvering tricky political battlefields. [ read more … ]

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