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May 23, 2013

Tax credit extension boosts installations — EIA study

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-05-23 11:51:40

The extension of a key tax credit at the beginning of this year will provide a significant boost in renewable energy installations –- especially from wind -– for the next few years, the Energy Information Administration said today. Congress in January extended the production tax credit through the end of this year and expanded its eligibility requirements for all eligible projects, requiring they must simply begin construction by Dec. 31 rather than requiring them to be complete by the deadline. [ read more … ]

Maine’s LePage withholding support for energy bill, wants wind rules changed

By Matthew Stone, Bangor Daily News  •    •  Posted 2013-05-23 11:52:00

Gov. Paul LePage is withholding support for a compromise bill being worked out by the Legislature’s Energy Committee that’s aimed at expanding Maine’s natural gas infrastructure, boosting funding for energy efficiency, directly lowering businesses’ electricity costs and making it more affordable for residents to abandon oil heat. LePage won’t support the bill unless it also requires wind developers prove their projects will lower electricity costs in order to receive state approval and raises the 100-megawatt limit energy generation facilities must meet so they can count toward the state’s renewable energy goals, according to Patrick Woodcock, who directs LePage’s energy office. [ read more … ]

Nebraska Unicameral advances wind energy bill

  •  Associated Press  •  Posted 2013-05-23 11:52:15

A plan aimed at attracting wind-energy farms to Nebraska is headed to a final vote in the Legislature. Lawmakers gave second-round approval Tuesday to the bill that would extend sales tax exemptions to wind-energy companies. One firm, TradeWind Energy, has expressed interest in developing a wind farm in Dixon County near the Iowa and South Dakota border. [ read more … ]

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