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June 26, 2015

Bill to extend tax advantages to renewables gets new lifeline 

Joel Kirkland, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-06-26 06:16:31

Bipartisan members of the House and Senate reintroduced legislation yesterday that would extend the use of tax-advantaged corporate structures to renewable energy and low-carbon power projects. The lead Senate sponsor, Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), described his “Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act” as a “modest modification” of the tax code. It extends to solar and wind power companies the same tax-free equity financing enjoyed by most natural gas pipeline companies. [ read more … ]

Ind. governor vows to refuse Clean Power Plan compliance absent changes 

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-06-26 06:16:57

Weeks before U.S. EPA issues its final Clean Power Plan rule, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said the landmark environmental regulation must undergo an extreme makeover or his state won’t comply. Pence issued his demands in a letter to President Obama yesterday. In doing so, Indiana joins Oklahoma in vowing to refuse compliance with the Obama administration’s plan to slash carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.
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Calif. market grows with Shell purchase, national lab agreements 

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-06-26 06:17:24

The California energy storage market got a boost this week with two new developments. The San Francisco Bay Area startup Advanced Microgrid Solutions announced Monday that it has signed a deal with Shell Energy North America to install up to 20 megawatts of batteries at Shell sites throughout California.
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Grand Island plans to purchase Antelope County wind farm’s power

By Norfolk Daily News  •    •  Posted 2015-06-26 06:17:44

The City of Grand Island has signed a long-term agreement to purchase about 36 megawatts of power from Invenergy’s Prairie Breeze III Wind Energy Center, which is to begin to be built in Antelope County yet this year. This is the Grand Island’s first direct renewable energy purchase. A portion of the output from Prairie Breeze III may be purchased from Grand Island by two other Nebraska municipalities that have interest in project participation — Neligh and Nebraska City. [ read more … ]

Minn. PUC weighs Xcel’s request to rein in community solar boom 

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-06-26 06:18:11

They didn’t know it at the time, but the members of Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission set off a solar tsunami last year when they approved rules for a community solar program in Xcel Energy Inc.’s service area. Yesterday, the PUC opened a hearing on Xcel’s plea to retroactively put limits on the program, and on the consequences of doing so for Minnesota’s nascent solar industry. [ read more … ]

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