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November 13, 2013

Building of large wind farms could provide Nebraskans with major property tax relief, advocates say

By Paul Hammel / World-Herald Bureau  •    •  Posted 2013-11-13 06:56:48

The answer to high property taxes in Nebraska, at least in some rural areas, might be blowing in the wind. That’s the conclusion of a new report by wind power developers that projected that the construction of a large wind farm in the state’s 15 most-rural and least-populated counties could allow a local property tax cut of up to 39 percent. [ read more … ]

Does nuclear power have a place in a low-carbon future? Friends and foes weigh in

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-11-13 06:57:17

The process used to generate electricity from decaying nuclear fuel creates a laundry list of toxic and radioactive byproducts along with plutonium, a man-made element that can be used to make nuclear weapons. What you won’t find on that list, however, are substantial amounts of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane. Nuclear energy may not be clean, but without it, a climate-neutral energy system may be far more difficult and expensive to achieve. [ read more … ]

To bridge gaps in wind and solar generation, aging grid learns flexibility

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-11-13 06:57:36

At 2 p.m. on a sunny afternoon in June of this year, solar power in California surged to a new milestone. Over the course of an hour, photovoltaic panels and other arrays generated more than 2,000 megawatts of electricity — a record for the Golden State and for California ISO, its systems operator. Many environmental groups oppose nuclear power, but some scientists assert that it remains essential to a low-carbon energy future [ read more … ]

Interior OKs partial Gateway West route amid siting concerns

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-11-13 06:57:54

The Interior Department today announced its final approval of the nearly 1,000-mile-long Gateway West Transmission Line Project that the Obama administration has made a top priority but that has been dogged by concerns it would damage sensitive wildlife habitat and view sheds. [ read more … ]

2 bipartisan sponsors sign onto Senate MLP bill

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-11-13 06:58:13

A bipartisan pair of senators have added their names to legislation that would expand a popular fossil fuel tax break to the renewable energy and efficiency industries, its sponsor announced yesterday. Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) are the latest to back the “Master Limited Partnership Parity Act,” S. 795, which would extend the ability to establish MLPs to clean energy firms. MLPs allow companies to establish partnerships whose shares are traded similarly to traditional stock but that are not taxed at the corporate level; the structure is popular in the oil and gas industry. [ read more … ]

Denmark will help Md. develop offshore wind

Special to E&E  •    •  Posted 2013-11-13 06:58:28

Maryland has asked for Denmark’s help in developing offshore wind farms, officials said. Denmark is the home of the world’s biggest offshore wind farm developer, DONG Energy, and of the top two offshore wind turbine manufacturers, Siemens Wind Power and Vestas Wind Systems, both of which also have factories in the United States. [ read more … ]

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