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January 9, 2014

House Ways & Means panel not yet mulling extenders; tax reform draft expected soon

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-01-09 07:00:13

Despite the widespread view that tax reform will not happen this year — necessitating another stopgap bill to extend dozens of temporary incentives — House Ways and Means Committee members are maintaining a singular focus on an imminent proposal for a full overhaul of the tax code. Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio), the chairman of the subcommittee with jurisdiction over the temporary tax breaks, said Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) has not diverted his focus from overall tax reform and was not ready to consider a “tax extenders” bill [ read more … ]

KCP&L will increase wind power and energy conservation

BY DIANE STAFFORD, The Kansas City Star  •    •  Posted 2014-01-09 07:00:37

KCP&L said it plans to buy 400 megawatts of power from two new wind turbine facilities, increasing its wind energy portfolio to 939 megawatts. The company said that will make it the largest provider of renewable energy generation of any investor-owned utility in Missouri or Kansas. The two new wind facilities — expected to produce power by early 2016 — will be built in Coffey County, Kan., and in Holt County, Mo. [ read more … ]

From Harvard, a Cheaper Storage Battery

By MATTHEW L. WALD, Nes York Times  •    •  Posted 2014-01-09 07:00:56

Researchers at Harvard say they have developed a new battery technology that can store energy at lower cost, a development that Energy Department officials say could pave the way for a new generation of batteries. The findings, which were published on Wednesday in the journal Nature, come as utilities are under pressure to overcome one of the major shortcomings of renewable energy: how to make the electricity available even when the sun is not shining or the wind is not blowing. California recently became the first state to order utilities to install storage. [ read more … ]

Wireless EV charging is off to the races

Julia Pyper, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-01-09 07:01:16

Wireless vehicle charging, which uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy, made great strides toward commercialization in 2013, according to Navigant Research. In June, Bosch began offering the Plugless Power unit developed by Evatran for $3,000. The system is designed to serve popular EV models the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt. “In 2014, wireless charging will enter a critical phase as the first large-scale pilot projects and retail sales of chargers from Evatran/Bosch occur,” said John Gartner, research director at Navigant. [ read more … ]

National Guard faces lawsuit over turbine project in bird migration corridor

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-01-09 07:01:31

A national bird conservation group plans to take legal action against the Ohio Air National Guard to stop the construction of a wind turbine along the shores of Lake Erie in one of the largest bird migration corridors in North America. The American Bird Conservancy, along with Oak Harbor, Ohio-based Black Swamp Bird Observatory, today sent a notice of intent to sue the Ohio Air National Guard, which is proposing to place the wind turbine at its Camp Perry facility near Port Clinton in northern Ohio. [ read more … ]

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