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November 7, 2013

Renewable credit battle heating up as reform anticipation mounts

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-11-07 07:18:27

The Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition is the latest to enter the fray. Later today, the group will send a letter to both parties’ leaders in the House and Senate signed by a bipartisan slate of 11 governors. The letter emphasizes thousands of layoffs throughout the wind industry last year tied to uncertainty over whether the PTC would be extended and calls on Congress to pass a “responsible multi-year extension” of the credit. [ read more … ]

Nuclear giant taps wind tax credit that it’s trying to kill

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-11-07 05:27:10

The country’s largest nuclear plant operator, Exelon Corp., has publicly fought to torpedo the wind industry’s coveted production tax credits, calling them financial threats to its reactors in the Midwest. But the Chicago-based utility is also cashing in on those credits, known as PTCs. [ read more … ]

Elections show climate contrasts as a ‘denier’ loses in Va., Christie wins in N.J.

Evan Lehmann, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-11-07 05:29:00

The “war on coal” lost in a clash last night with a supporter of climate science. Democratic allies are taking that message away from Terry McAuliffe’s narrow victory in the bitter race for Virginia governor, in which Republican Ken Cuccinelli accused his opponent of supporting the destruction of coal jobs through efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. [ read more … ]

Nicholas Institute’s Profeta discusses advantages of regulating carbon through Clean Air Act

Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted 2013-11-07 05:29:47

What are the key questions that need to be addressed by both U.S. EPA and states as the agency crafts its proposal for existing power plants? During today’s OnPoint, Tim Profeta, founding director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, discusses unanswered questions about Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, which triggers the regulation of carbon from existing sources. He also weighs in on whether the White House is doing enough to politically sell these regulations. [ read more … ]

Environmental issues at forefront as Fla. gubernatorial race gets underway

Daniel Bush, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-11-07 05:31:15

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist approved a massive restoration project in the Florida Everglades before leaving office in 2011. His successor, Gov. Rick Scott (R), abandoned the plan after taking over. Crist created a sustainable land-use task force; Scott replaced it with an industry-friendly economic opportunity agency. [ read more … ]

MidAmerican purchases Iowa wind energy sites, selects Siemens’ Fort Madison factory for blades

by Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2013-11-07 05:30:30

MidAmerican Energy Co. is beginning construction of its $1.9 billion investment in wind energy, with work starting on five sites across the state, the Des Moines-based utility said today. Earlier this year, the company announced plans to develop up to 1,050 megawatts of additional wind generation in Iowa by the end of 2015. [ read more … ]

BMW energy manager says S.C. needs renewable portfolio standard

By Bill Poovey, bpoovey@scbiznews.com  •    •  Posted 2013-11-07 05:32:16

The energy manager for BMW Manufacturing USA and Canada said he wants to see a renewable portfolio standard in South Carolina that would provide incentives for using solar, wind and other such resources that are readily available. “That would be huge for us,” Cleveland Beaufort said. [ read more … ]

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