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March 28, 2014

With PTC extension facing political headwinds, industry seeks to rebut critics’ attacks

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-03-28 06:53:29

A key renewable energy tax break is facing stiff resistance as Congress begins to debate the fate of dozens of business tax breaks that expired at the beginning of this year, according to lawmakers, aides and outside stakeholders tracking the process, and its main beneficiary is rolling out an answer to the leading attack it is expected to face this year. The future of the production tax credit (PTC) and other energy extenders will be decided in the coming months as Congress begins to craft legislation that could reinstate some of the more than 50 temporary provisions, collectively known as “tax extenders,” that expired at the beginning of this year. [ read more … ]

Siemens to Invest $264 Million in British Wind Turbine Project

By STANLEY REED, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2014-03-28 06:54:06

Siemens, the German power and industrial giant, said on Tuesday that it would build facilities for offshore wind turbines on the east coast of England, as Britain rapidly expands into wind power. Siemens plans to invest about 160 million pounds, or about $264 million, in the production and installation facilities. Its partner, the port operator Associated British Ports, which is owned by a group of investors including Goldman Sachs, will contribute about £150 million. [ read more … ]

German scientists bundle renewable energy sources to form a ‘virtual’ power plant

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-03-28 06:54:54

With the relaunch of its “Energiewende” program earlier this year, the German government renewed its commitment to the near phaseout of fossil fuels — including a transition to 80 percent renewable energy — by 2050. Many Germans, meanwhile, remain optimistic that a complete transition to renewables could be possible by midcentury. [ read more … ]

House panel surveys grid operators about impact of EPA power plant rules

Katherine Ling, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-03-28 06:55:16

Republican leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee are asking grid operators if future U.S. EPA regulations on coal plants will spur reliability problems and rising power prices. Chairman Fred Upton (Mich.) and Reps. Ed Whitfield (Ky.), Joe Barton (Texas), Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.) and Steve Scalise (La.) sent letters this week to the four grid operators responsible for electricity delivery in the eastern United States. Their questions were spurred, they said, by high prices for natural gas and electricity in the East caused this winter by persistent Arctic blasts and constrained gas supplies. [ read more … ]

Solar installations top wind for first time in 2013 — report

Mark Jaffe, Denver Post  •    •  Posted 2014-03-28 06:55:35

Solar power is poised to overtake wind energy as the renewable energy source with the most financing and installation, according to a new report. Clean Edge Inc., a research advisory firm, said more solar photovoltaic generating capacity than wind power was installed worldwide for the first time last year. “This was the crossover year,” said Ron Pernick, the firm’s managing director. [ read more … ]

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