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November 15, 2013

Facebook’s new data center will run on 100 percent wind energy

By Sarah Laskow, Grist  •    •  Posted 2013-11-15 06:49:18

Facebook announced yesterday that it’s been helping to develop an Iowa wind farm to cover the energy use of a new data center. The center’s scheduled to open in early 2015, and, Facebook says, “we expect it to be supplied by 100% renewable energy, as tracked by renewable energy certificates, from a new wind project in nearby Wellsburg, Iowa.” [ read more … ]

House Conservatives Seek End to Wind Energy Production Tax Credit

BY: CJ Ciaramella,Washington Free Beacon  •    •  Posted 2013-11-15 06:49:40

Fiscal hawks in Congress are pushing to end a federal energy tax credit for the wind industry set to expire at the end of the year. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kansas) and 51 other members of the House are asking the House Ways and Means committee not to renew the wind energy production tax credit (PTC). [ read more … ]

Bipartisan coalition aims to end wind power subsidies

Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller  •    •  Posted 2013-11-15 06:49:59

Kansas Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo leads a bipartisan coalition calling for the end of wind subsidies as Congress considers allowing wind tax credits to expire at the end of the year. Pompeo and 51 other lawmakers, including West Virginia Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall, sent a letter to the House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, urging him to reject extending the Wind Production Tax Credit. “The growth in wind is driven not by market demand, but by a combination of state renewable portfolio standards and a tax credit that is now more valuable than the price of the electricity the plants actually generate,” reads the letter to Camp. [ read more … ]

Calif. leads way in tackling instability tied to renewables

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-11-15 06:50:19

California is leading what could become a nationwide charge to manage instability in the aging U.S. electric grid brought on by large penetrations of wind and solar power as it combats climate change. The Golden State’s grid operator, the California Independent System Operator (ISO), in a report laid out solutions for challenges that could crop up during the integration of an anticipated 11,000 megawatts of new wind and solar — equal to the amount of 22 midsized coal plants — during the next eight years. [ read more … ]

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