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September 18, 2015

House panel passes extenders package without PTC

Daniel Bush, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-09-18 04:55:06

The House Ways and Means Committee passed a tax extenders package yesterday that would permanently extend several expiring tax breaks but did not include renewable energy incentives that have long been unpopular with Republican lawmakers. The committee approved the extension of five expiring tax breaks by voice vote and passed two provisions along party lines that are aimed at reforming President Obama’s signature health care law. The package included a measure known as bonus depreciation that would allow companies to expedite tax write-offs for certain business expenses. [ read more … ]

Over 2,000 Organizations Call On US Government To Extend Tax Provisions, Including PTC

By  Joshua S Hill, CleanTechnica  •    •  Posted 2015-09-18 04:55:26

More than 2,000 organizations signed a letter last week calling on the US Government to extend a variety of expired and expiring tax provisions, including the vaunted PTC. The Production Tax Credit has been integral to the growth of the US wind industry, and as the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) notes, “is a big reason” why the US wind industry is the “most productive in the world with enough wind energy produced annually for 18 million American homes.” [ read more … ]

Interior moves to lease N.C. waters

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-09-18 04:55:46

The Interior Department announced today that it completed its environmental review of plans to lease up to 308,000 acres of federal waters off North Carolina for commercial wind farm development. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released a revised environmental assessment that concluded the leasing plan would have no significant impacts on the ocean or its users. The agency will next decide whether to issue one or more commercial leases within three wind energy areas including a 122,000-acre site about 28 miles off the coast of Kitty Hawk and two additional areas of 52,000 acres and 134,000 acres beginning about 12 miles off Cape Fear.
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U.S. now leads in attractiveness to clean energy investors

By Emma Howard,, London Guardian  •    •  Posted 2015-09-18 04:56:10

The United States rose to first place in a new international ranking released yesterday of countries most attractive to renewable energy investors, while the United Kingdom dropped out of the top 10. The ranking report published by EY LLP, a global consulting service, cites President Obama’s launch of the Clean Power Plan as boosting investor confidence in the country by sending a “strong message” of a shift to a low-carbon economy. The United States displaced China at the top of EY’s renewable energy country attractiveness index for the first time in a year. [ read more … ]

Iowa still analyzing how wind can help meet carbon goals

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-09-18 04:56:27

ix weeks after U.S. EPA released its final Clean Power Plan, regulators in Iowa are still analyzing the 1,500-page rule and how it treats the state’s 5,000-plus megawatts of wind generation. Questions about wind, particularly those projects installed prior to 2013, remain a key issue as regulators continue to work through the 1,500-page rule and begin the process of developing a compliance strategy. More than 3,500 MW of wind was installed in the state between 2008 and 2012. [ read more … ]

Industry will nosedive by 2017 without tax credits — report

Daniel Bush, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-09-18 04:57:03

The number of new solar projects in 2017 could drop to the lowest annual level since 2012 if Congress doesn’t extend an investment tax credit that is slated to get slashed by two-thirds at the end of next year, a new report shows. New solar installations would drop by 8 gigawatts through 2017 if the current 30 percent tax credit for commercial projects isn’t extended beyond 2016, according to a study released today by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
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‘Let the secret out’ about solar — Biden

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-09-18 04:57:25

Vice President Joe Biden is a huge fan of solar power, and he wants others to jump on the bandwagon. “It’s important to let the secret out,” Biden said of solar power today at a conference in Anaheim, Calif. “The more Americans who understand the possibilities of solar, this is going to increase exponentially,” he added. “Just imagine how much more we can do.” The vice president was touting the Obama administration’s announcement today that it plans to invest $120 million to scale up solar energy projects across the country [ read more … ]

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