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House committee to probe wind tax credit as expiration date once again approaches

Source: Nick Juliano, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, September 30th, 2013

A House committee this week will revive a debate that has been dormant on Capitol Hill for most of this year with a hearing examining the implications of a key renewable energy tax credit that again is set to expire in a few months. The future of the wind production tax credit was among the biggest energy policy issues debated in Congress last year, leading to an eleventh-hour extension in January as part of a broader fiscal package. Since then, lawmakers have turned their attention elsewhere, and the fate of the PTC fell in with broader negotiations around a comprehensive overhaul of the tax code.

Vestas lands big order for wind farms

Source: Cathy Proctor, Reporter-Denver Business Journal • Posted: Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Two Colorado companies are teaming up to build more wind farms across the United States. Danish Vestas Wind Systems, with four manufacturing plants along Colorado’s Front Range, said Friday it’s reached an agreement to supply up to 610 megawatts worth of wind turbines to Broomfield’s Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. — better known as RES Americas. Vestas also announced Friday it had received the first order from the RES supply agreement, for 60 megawatts worth of wind turbines. The agreement calls for Vestas to supply its V100-2.0 MW turbine for all of RES’s wind farm projects, up to 610 megawatts. Those projects are expected to happen in 2014 and 2015.

Wind power generation surges in Texas

Source: By JAMES OSBORNE Staff Writer josborne@dallasnews.com, Dallas Morning News • Posted: Saturday, September 21st, 2013

After a lackluster 2012, wind power in Texas is on the rebound. Through the first eight months of the year the amount of power generated by wind farms within Texas’ electrical grid surpassed 23 million megawatts. That’s up almost 20 percent from last year and is the largest increase since 2010, according to data released last week by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

Senate GOP uses new EPA rule to attack Dems in 7 competitive races

Source: Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporter • Posted: Saturday, September 21st, 2013

The campaign arm for Senate Republicans wasted no time today criticizing Democratic lawmakers and candidates in seven states over U.S. EPA’s new proposals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new coal plants
In a news release targeting Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), the National Republican Senatorial Committee wrote that the proposed rules would “cripple the coal industry.” The releases also aim to tie GOP targets like Hagan, who won her first term by defeating then-Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R) in 2008, to President Obama’s administration.

EPA’s new carbon rule sparks battle over CCS, with legal challenges likely

Source: Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter • Posted: Saturday, September 21st, 2013

U.S. EPA’s just-released proposal that for the first time would require all future coal-fired power plants to capture and store a share of their carbon dioxide emissions has set off an immediate war of words between industry groups, which oppose it, and environmentalists and their political allies, who embrace it.

Administration to Press Ahead With Carbon Limits

Source: By MICHAEL D. SHEAR, NewYork Times • Posted: Saturday, September 21st, 2013

The Obama administration on Friday announced that it was not backing down from a confrontation with the coal industry and that it would press ahead with enacting the first federal carbon limits on the nation’s power companies. The proposed regulations, announced at the National Press Club by Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, are an aggressive move by Mr. Obama to bypass Congress on climate change with executive actions he promised in his inaugural address this year. The regulations are certain to be denounced by House Republicans and the industry as part of what they call the president’s “war on coal.”

White House ‘absolutely’ backs Binz despite confirmation hurdles

Source: Hannah Northey, E&E reporter • Posted: Saturday, September 21st, 2013

The Obama administration is “absolutely” standing by its nomination of Ron Binz to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, despite bipartisan opposition on a key Senate committee currently vetting the nominee, a White House spokesman said today.

Administration Presses Ahead With Limits on Emissions From Power Plants

Source: By MICHAEL D. SHEAR, New York Times • Posted: Friday, September 20th, 2013

A year after a plan by President Obama to limit greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants set off angry opposition, the administration will announce on Friday that it is not backing down from a confrontation with the coal industry and will press ahead with enacting the first federal carbon limits on the nation’s power companies. The proposed regulations, to be announced at the National Press Club by Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, are an aggressive move by Mr. Obama to bypass Congress on climate change with executive actions he promised in his inaugural address this year. The regulations are certain to be denounced by House Republicans and the industry as part of what they call the president’s “war on coal.”

Landrieu uncertain whether she’ll support FERC nominee

Source: Hannah Northey, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, September 20th, 2013

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) said today she’s “encouraged” by Ron Binz’s views on natural gas but hasn’t decided whether to support his nomination to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. “I’m still collecting information and data from him, but I was encouraged by his testimony about his support for natural gas, his support for exports of natural gas and his understanding that natural gas is a cleaner fuel,” Landrieu said in an interview on Capitol Hill.

Google buys Texas wind farm

Source: Collin Eaton, Fuel Fix, Sept. 17 • Posted: Thursday, September 19th, 2013

In its latest and largest energy-industry venture so far, Google is purchasing the output of a future North Texas wind farm. The new facility will produce roughly half the amount of Google’s current renewable power generation.