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December 2, 2013

Iowa: Tax break, energy jobs twist in wind

By Mike- Wiser, Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier  •    •  Posted 2013-12-02 07:04:26

Tax breaks for wind-power producers are set to expire in a little more than a month, threatening hundreds of manufacturing and energy jobs in the state if nothing is done. In Iowa, much of the attention has focused on the federal Renewable Fuel Standard in which the federal government guarantees a market for biofuels. But for Iowa’s turbine manufacturers and power companies, it’s the federal production tax credit that is the center of concern. [ read more … ]

Nebraska wind farm stalled for now

By Kevin O’Hanlon, Columbus Telegram  •    •  Posted 2013-12-02 07:05:11

“We’re still very much interested in building that project, and yet the hoped-for export (contract) … just didn’t come together in time for us to be able to make the commitments we need to meet the start of construction that the IRS is requiring by the end of this year,” said Frank Costanza, executive vice president of TradeWind Energy. In order to qualify for the tax credits, Tradewind would have to spend 5 percent of the project’s total cost of $400 million to $500 million by the end of December. But without a commitment to buy the electricity, Tradewind cannot take the risk [ read more … ]

With no buyer for energy, Nebraska wind farm project on hold

  •  The Associated Press  •  Posted 2013-12-02 07:05:27

A large wind farm project planned for northeast Nebraska has been shelved because the builder couldn’t get a power company to commit to buying the electricity it would generate. The project planned by TradeWind Energy of Lenexa, Kan., is on hold unless the company gets a deal signed to sell the energy. [ read more … ]

Is Wind Energy Making a Dent in New York’s Carbon pollution?

By Keith Kloor,  •  The Associated Press  •  Posted 2013-12-02 07:05:40

“Wind energy is not a gigantic portion of New York State’s energy mix, but it is growing rapidly,” says Eric Whelan of Environment New York. The group’s report demonstrates “the environmental benefits that we could capture if we move forward in building more clean energy,” Whelan adds. [ read more … ]

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