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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 7, 2012

Senate Dems push to tie green-power tax credits to transportation bill as ‘extenders’ window closes

Elana Schor  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-02-07 12:50:52

Senate Democrats today plan to propose attaching a longer life for two tax credits hotly sought by renewable energy companies to a two-year transportation bill as the long-term fate of those “extenders” remains in limbo.
The two amendments pitched by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to the transportation bill ahead of a Finance Committee markup set for this afternoon would extend the wind production tax credit until 2013 and revive a Treasury Department program that gave renewables producers grants in lieu of a tax credit before it expired at the end of last year. [ read more … ]

OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Keystone, drilling battles rage in both chambers, wind tax credit amendment

Ben Geman and Andrew Restuccia  •  The Hill.com  •  Posted 2012-02-07 12:51:34

Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.), for instance, are floating a plan to extend the production tax credit for wind energy projects for one year through 2013. [ read more … ]

Green power surges in Calif. as utilities eye mandate

Anne C. Mulkern  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-02-07 12:52:06

Green power surged in California last year as utilities added renewable power at a record-high level, the state’s Public Utilities Commission said in a new report. The Golden State last year added 830 megawatts of wind and solar energy, capacity that at peak power would supply about 400,000 homes. It was the largest annual increase since the inception of California’s renewables portfolio standard (RPS), a program requiring utilities to make portions of their power from clean sources. [ read more … ]

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