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November 5, 2013

Wind tax credit could take a big hit in tax battle

By ANDREW RESTUCCIA | 11/4/13 5:04 AM EST, Politico  •    •  Posted 2013-11-05 06:30:59

As Congress works on a tax reform package that could take months to complete, it’s looking increasingly likely that the production tax credit, a key wind industry lifeline, will expire shortly after the end of the year — at least temporarily. That expiration could hurt the wind industry, which saw construction of new wind projects grind to a virtual halt this year amid uncertainty over the subsidy. The production tax credit gives wind power owners a tax credit of 2.3 cents for each kilowatt-hour of electricity they produce. [ read more … ]

Revived RES bills unlikely to gain traction anytime soon

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-11-05 06:31:17

In the span of a couple of days last week, two similar renewable energy standard bills were introduced in the Senate, creating the impression of momentum behind a legislative proposal that had been largely left for dead at the federal level. But that brief surge of activity is not expected to improve the effectively nonexistent chance of such a policy being signed into law anytime soon. Rather, the effort is aimed at keeping alive an idea that has garnered bipartisan support in the past while supporters look for opportunities to bolster their arguments that expanding renewable energy production can create jobs and reduce emissions that contribute to climate change. [ read more … ]

C2ES President Claussen discusses challenges facing EPA on power plant rules

Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted 2013-11-05 06:32:22

With a draft bill circulating in the Senate to limit U.S. EPA’s rules for new and existing power plants and court action on the agency’s new source proposal anticipated, what is the future of the Obama administration’s Climate Action Plan? During today’s OnPoint, Eileen Claussen, president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, gives her predictions of how far EPA’s regulations might go and what the biggest challenges to the rules will be. Claussen, who recently announced she will be stepping down as president of C2ES, also talks about her next steps and most significant accomplishments. [ read more … ]

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