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April 17, 2013

Bill moves on to up renewable energy usage for co-ops

By Mark Jaffe, The Denver Post  •    •  Posted 2013-04-17 10:08:12

The Colorado Senate — over the strong objections of rural Republican lawmakers — passed a bill Monday increasing the amount of renewable energy that rural electricity cooperatives must use. The bill, SB-252, requires that 25 percent of the co-ops’ electricity come from renewable sources by 2020, up from the 10 percent standard set in 2007. [ read more … ]

More research needed to determine whether overlapping subsidies actually waste money — GAO

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-04-17 12:24:10

A recent report on duplicative federal programs supporting the wind industry did not reach any conclusion on which, if any, of those programs wasted the government’s money — and more research is needed to answer that question for wind along with numerous other federal programs that support different energy sectors, the author of the report told a House hearing yesterday. The Government Accountability Office last month studied a variety of incentives available to the wind industry and found that some programs overlap, allowing companies to “double dip” and benefit from several programs at once. But the report did not conclude that such overlap was necessarily wasteful. [ read more … ]

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