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February 8, 2012

Bipartisan Colo. lawmakers press for wind credit extension

Elana Schor  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-02-08 13:02:19

Two Colorado Republicans yesterday joined their state’s Democratic lawmakers in backing a wind tax credit set to expire at year’s end, underscoring the degree to which the swing state has become a political asset to renewable-power groups pushing for its extension. In a letter to bipartisan leaders of conference committee talks on a payroll tax-cut deal, which is mired in political combat despite some Democrats’ hopes to make it a vehicle for clean-energy tax extenders, seven Colorado lawmakers urged that the wind production tax credit (PTC) get new life beyond its scheduled demise. [ read more … ]

Nearly all in Colorado delegation back push to extend wind-energy tax credit

Mark Jaffe  •  The Denver Post  •  Posted 2012-02-08 13:02:42

A bipartisan group from Colorado’s congressional delegation is calling for the extension of the wind-energy-production tax credit to be added to the bill extending the payroll-tax cuts. [ read more … ]

Murkowski accuses FERC of ceding power to EPA

Hannah Northey  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-02-08 13:03:02

The top Republican on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee says the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should be doing more than just advising U.S. EPA on whether power plants should be given extensions to comply with new air pollution rules. Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski believes a FERC staff paper released last month that lays out an advising role for the commission relinquishes too much power to EPA and does not require the agency to take advice from electric reliability professionals. [ read more … ]

Denmark leads EU countries on wind energy

NIKOLAJ NIELSEN  •  •  Posted 2012-02-08 13:03:19

European wind energy is picking up as recently released statistics by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) show an upward spike in the number of wind farms created, amount invested, and energy generated. The European Commission describes it as one of the fasting-growing energy sources, while the sector itself aims to get wind power to account for 20 percent of final EU electricity consumption by 2020. In 2011, wind accounted for 6.3 percent up from 5.3 percent the year before. [ read more … ]

Inhofe optimistic about bid to roll back toxics rule

Jean Chemnick  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-02-08 13:03:34

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) predicted today that his motion to strike a new U.S. EPA rule for power plant air toxics would fare better than efforts to roll back air rules using the Congressional Review Act. [ read more … ]

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