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November 12, 2014

Fight over PTC gains steam heading into lame duck

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-11-12 06:58:51

With lawmakers returning today for a postelection session in which tax policy is expected to be high on the agenda, the fight over a key renewable energy credit is picking up steam on and off Capitol Hill, sources said this week. Eliminating the production tax credit has emerged as a top priority in the lame-duck session for a variety of conservative groups that are urging newly empowered Republicans to strip the credit from a broader “tax extenders” package that lawmakers from both parties have said they want to see passed before the end of the year. [ read more … ]

Another Koch group warns against PTC extension

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-11-12 06:59:07

For the second time in less than a week, conservative activists are urging Congress not to extend a key renewable energy tax credit, saying that doing so would be tantamount to endorsing President Obama’s climate agenda. Americans for Prosperity today sent a letter to Capitol Hill outlining its objections to the production tax credit, which Senate Democrats hope to extend during the lame-duck session that begins later this week. “Americans for Prosperity requests that you reject any package that includes the expired wind production tax credit,” writes Brent Gardner, AFP’s director of federal affairs, in a letter addressed to all members of the House and Senate. “A vote for the PTC is a vote in support of President Obama’s destructive climate action plan.” [ read more … ]

Denmark Aims for 100 Percent Renewable Energy

By Justin Gillis, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2014-11-12 07:00:15

Denmark, a tiny country on the northern fringe of Europe, is pursuing the world’s most ambitious policy against climate change. It aims to end the burning of fossil fuels in any form by 2050 — not just in electricity production, as some other countries hope to do, but in transportation as well. Now a question is coming into focus: Can Denmark keep the lights on as it chases that lofty goal? [ read more … ]

Benefits of Texas Wind Energy Estimated to Exceed $3.3 Billion Annually

By Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Forbes  •    •  Posted 2014-11-12 06:59:37

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has just come out with an analysis highlighting the value of wind energy to the state of Texas, indicating that the overall societal benefits of the wind resource add up to about $3.3 billion annually. The gross annual savings to consumers are estimated at $1.2 billion. [ read more … ]

Pursuing a Shipping Revolution as Big as His Airship

By BILLY WITZNOV, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2014-11-12 06:59:56

The airship, called the Aeroscraft, will take off and land like a helicopter. Its designers, Mr. Pasternak says, have solved the major problem for lighter-than-air crafts: buoyancy control. If a dirigible unloads heavy cargo, it must be tethered or take on the same weight to keep from floating away. The Aeroscraft sends helium from its main chamber into compression tanks, which creates room for air — which is heavier than the helium — to be taken in, allowing for a controlled descent. [ read more … ]

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