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March 10, 2014

Probing for clues in a mysterious proposal

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-03-10 06:58:25

At issue is the production tax credit (PTC), which was established in 1992 as a temporary subsidy for wind farms and select other renewable energy projects, valued at $15 per megawatt-hour for the first 10 years a facility operates. The credit has been extended numerous times since, although it is now expired for projects that were not underway by Dec. 31, 2013. Its value has risen with inflation, to $23 per MWh last year. Camp, a Michigan Republican, proposed eliminating that inflation adjustment for companies already receiving the PTC. So if his draft became law — a near impossibility in the near term, to be sure — any companies that began taking the PTC in the last 10 years would see the value of the credit fall by about 35 percent. [ read more … ]

All-night Senate talkfest shines light on warming

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-03-10 06:58:47

There are going to be a lot of red eyes in the Senate chamber tomorrow. When votes are done for the evening tonight, more than half of the Senate’s Democrats will begin taking their turns occupying the chamber floor to talk about climate change. The all-night talkathon will stretch from last votes until 9 a.m. tomorrow and will feature at least 28 of the Senate’s 53 Democratic members [ read more … ]

Boulder’s fight to ‘decarbonize’ shows a ‘perfect community’ can find it exhausting

Stephanie Paige Ogburn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-03-10 06:59:13

There are probably more energy and climate experts here than in any community of its size (population 97,385) in the United States. So when the city was preparing to renew its 20-year contract with Xcel Energy, a large, investor-owned utility that provides its power, Boulder decided to do something different. Boulder was used to pioneering. In 2006, it became the first city in the nation to implement a carbon tax. Now, it wanted to make itself into a laboratory to display the uses of cleaner energy.
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LePage bill to change Maine’s wind-energy policy moves tentatively forward

SCOTT THISTLE, State Politics Editor, Maine Sun Journal  •    •  Posted 2014-03-10 06:59:46

Gov. Paul LePage’s initiative to overhaul Maine’s wind-energy production goals to require ratepayer benefits and manufacturing jobs gained tentative approval in the Legislature’s Energy Committee on Friday. But the bill, LD 1791, sponsored by state Rep. Lance Harvell, R-Farmington, saw significant revisions, including allowing a section of current law to stand, prior to the 6-2 vote to approve the measure. [ read more … ]

Even while adapting, most Wisconsin farmers are climate skeptics

Kate Golden/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism  •    •  Posted 2014-03-10 07:00:04

Most Wisconsin farmers remain skeptical about climate change, although data show they have already begun adapting to shifts in weather patterns, scientists said at a recent UW-Madison conference. Farmers, the scientists said, are key actors in adapting to climate change or mitigating its effects. They manage 61 percent of the nation’s land. They are vulnerable to droughts, cold, heat and hail — crop insurance paid out $17.4 billion dollars in indemnities nationwide after the 2012 drought. [ read more … ]

Power sector speakers stress consumer choice as Ill. communities go 100% green

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-03-10 07:00:21

Utilities need to prepare for a more engaged, responsive consumer base, one that in some places is pushing for more distributed energy in the form of renewables, according to power sector leaders who spoke yesterday at an event hosted by the Edison Foundation’s Institute for Electric Innovation (IEI). “As a country, we’re in a period of profound changes to our energy landscape,” said Heather Zichal, former deputy assistant to President Obama for energy and climate change. The rapid deployment of renewable resources is adding new power to the grid even as electricity demand is peeling away from economic development for the first time, she said. [ read more … ]

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