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Vitter asks OMB to detail energy revenues vs. spending, tax breaks

Source: Nick Juliano, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), the ranking member on the Environment and Public Works Committee, has asked the Office of Management and Budget to calculate how much revenue the government receives from various energy sources — such as oil and gas revenues — compared to what it spends through grant programs and tax benefits to energy providers.

LOCKED IN THE CABINET

Source: By GLENN THRUSH, Politico • Posted: Monday, November 18th, 2013

But the president’s aides didn’t quite see Chu that way. He might have been the only Obama administration official with a Nobel other than the president himself, but inside the West Wing of the White House Chu was considered a smart guy who said lots of stupid things, a genius with an appallingly low political IQ—“clueless,” as deputy chief of staff Jim Messina would tell colleagues at the time.

Nebraska: Hassebrook, Dubas push wind energy development

Source: By DON WALTON / Lincoln Journal Star • Posted: Monday, November 18th, 2013

Democratic gubernatorial candidates Annette Dubas and Chuck Hassebrook pledged their support Friday for aggressive development of wind energy in Nebraska. Republican Tom Carlson, the third gubernatorial candidate who addressed the closing session of the 2013 Nebraska Wind Conference, said wind energy development is needed, but he believes “we ought to use the coal and oil available to us until it’s gone.”

Calif. leads way in tackling instability tied to renewables

Source: Hannah Northey, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, November 15th, 2013

California is leading what could become a nationwide charge to manage instability in the aging U.S. electric grid brought on by large penetrations of wind and solar power as it combats climate change. The Golden State’s grid operator, the California Independent System Operator (ISO), in a report laid out solutions for challenges that could crop up during the integration of an anticipated 11,000 megawatts of new wind and solar — equal to the amount of 22 midsized coal plants — during the next eight years.

Bipartisan coalition aims to end wind power subsidies

Source: Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller • Posted: Friday, November 15th, 2013

Kansas Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo leads a bipartisan coalition calling for the end of wind subsidies as Congress considers allowing wind tax credits to expire at the end of the year. Pompeo and 51 other lawmakers, including West Virginia Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall, sent a letter to the House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, urging him to reject extending the Wind Production Tax Credit. “The growth in wind is driven not by market demand, but by a combination of state renewable portfolio standards and a tax credit that is now more valuable than the price of the electricity the plants actually generate,” reads the letter to Camp.

House Conservatives Seek End to Wind Energy Production Tax Credit

Source: BY: CJ Ciaramella,Washington Free Beacon • Posted: Friday, November 15th, 2013

Fiscal hawks in Congress are pushing to end a federal energy tax credit for the wind industry set to expire at the end of the year. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kansas) and 51 other members of the House are asking the House Ways and Means committee not to renew the wind energy production tax credit (PTC).

Facebook’s new data center will run on 100 percent wind energy

Source: By Sarah Laskow, Grist • Posted: Friday, November 15th, 2013

Facebook announced yesterday that it’s been helping to develop an Iowa wind farm to cover the energy use of a new data center. The center’s scheduled to open in early 2015, and, Facebook says, “we expect it to be supplied by 100% renewable energy, as tracked by renewable energy certificates, from a new wind project in nearby Wellsburg, Iowa.”

Trump heads to court in attempt to block Scottish wind farm

Posted: Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Lawyers for billionaire Donald Trump are seeking to overturn the Scottish government’s approval of an offshore wind project. The proposed 11-turbine wind farm would be located near Trump’s golf course and property development near Aberdeen. According to the U.S. developer, the turbines would ruin the view from his golf course and proposed hotel and housing.

New German government cuts support for wind turbine industry

Source: Special to E&E • Posted: Thursday, November 14th, 2013

The future German governing coalition of the Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats (SPD) agreed to cut aid for new onshore wind projects and scale back offshore wind targets, setting up an economic hit for an industry that is struggling to recover from a slump. Germany needs cheap renewable power, as it has decided to close all its nuclear power plants by 2022. The country will target 6.5 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2020 and 15 GW by 2030, down from previous goals of 10 GW and 25 GW, respectively.

Kansas company says it’s delaying project to export Nebraska wind energy

Source: By Joe Duggan / World-Herald Bureau • Posted: Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Exporting wind energy out of a relatively low-population state such as Nebraska is crucial for the continued growth of the industry. Last year, the Legislature passed a bill that expanded tax breaks for large wind farms designed to export power. TradeWind Energy of Lenexa, Kan., was planning such an export project in northeast Nebraska. The company announced Wednesday that it would not be able to break ground this year. Higher transmission costs, limits on transmission capacity and other factors led to the decision, said Frank Costanza, an executive vice president of the company.