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July 9, 2015

Renewable backers prep for Senate extenders markup

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-07-09 06:37:33

Renewable energy supporters are scrambling to shore up support for their respective tax incentives ahead of an expected Senate Finance Committee markup of an extenders package. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) yesterday said he’s working to ensure that an extension of the renewable production tax credit makes the cut for an extenders package. “If there is just one thing in the extenders package that’s a target for striking, it will be that,” Grassley told E&E Daily yesterday. [ read more … ]

Grassley Urges Fair Shake For Wind Energy In Tax Extenders Discussion

By Offfice of Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley  •    •  Posted 2015-07-09 06:29:47

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa is urging fair treatment of the wind energy production tax credit whenever the committee of jurisdiction takes up expired or expiring tax provisions. “Good tax policy requires certainty that can only come from long-term predictable tax laws,” Grassley wrote to Sen. Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Finance Committee. “Businesses need certainty in the tax code so they can plan and invest accordingly. And, while I look forward to working with my colleagues in the future to enact tax reform and put an end to the headaches and uncertainty created by the regular expiration of tax provisions, right now our focus must be on extending current expired or expiring provisions to give us room to work toward that goal.”

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Think tank urges states to reject Clean Power Plan

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-07-09 06:30:07

A think tank linked to industrialists Charles and David Koch launched a campaign today to stop states from complying with U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The Institute for Energy Research sent letters to public utility commissions in all 50 states, warning that existing generation is cheaper than any replacements that would arrive under EPA’s draft rule. [ read more … ]

Maine wind farm project breaks ground

By Jack Newsham, Boston Globe  •    •  Posted 2015-07-09 06:31:00

A renewable energy developer has broken ground on a giant wind farm in central Maine that is expected to power 65,000 homes. SunEdison, the Missouri solar energy company that purchased the Boston wind developer First Wind last year, said Wednesday that it has completed financing and started construction on a 185-megawatt wind farm near the town of Bingham. The wind farm was previously under development by First Wind. [ read more … ]

Mont. wind faces another transmission hurdle

Krysti Shallenberger, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-07-09 06:31:25

Montana’s ability to ship its wind to power-hungry Pacific Northwest markets may have taken another hit. The federal Bonneville Power Administration refused to scuttle the state’s rate on a 90-mile section of a major Northwestern transmission line known as the Montana Intertie, according to a draft record of decision. Opponents claim the agency’s refusal could cramp wind energy development in the Big Sky State. [ read more … ]

Marines go green with alternative energy tech

By Raytheon, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2015-07-09 06:30:31

The local Marine Corps Air Station, depicted in the movie “Top Gun,” may soon be able to unplug from California’s power network thanks to a microgrid partly built with Raytheon technology. An independent energy system, the microgrid has roots in Raytheon’s long history of innovations in managing power. Many of the company’s products incorporate ingenious energy systems, from battery packs that can supply entire neighborhoods to electric gun systems that produce enough power to hurl projectiles at seven times the speed of sound. Microgrids help guard against power interruptions from natural disasters, security threats or other causes, and reduce environmental impact. Much of the Miramar system was developed by Raytheon engineers Ryan Faries and Dave Altman, working with a company team. [ read more … ]

Federal scientists develop computer model to calculate bird deaths

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-07-09 06:31:45

A new computer model devised by federal researchers could help wind-power developers better forecast possible bird fatality problems at wind farms nationwide. Researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey and Fish and Wildlife Service said today that the computer model has been designed to allow developers, policymakers and ecologists to predict the number of deaths at proposed wind farms before they’re built and placed into operation. [ read more … ]

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