Two conservative groups announced today they will continue urging lawmakers to end a key renewable energy tax credit through print and online advertisements and other efforts to mobilize activists in their home states. Americans for Prosperity launched an eight-state print advertising campaign, while the American Energy Alliance said it will be spending six figures targeting nine states with online and social media ads, among other efforts.
During the past decade, around $8 billion has been invested in the state’s wind energy industry. Wind energy generation in Kansas increased at nearly double the national average during 2013. The state’s existing wind projects are featured on a new list in this week’s paper. Wind potential in Kansas is estimated to be 952,371 megawatts, making it the second-best wind resource in the country, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Such potential is capable of meeting more than 90 times the state’s current electricity needs.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. One technology giant on the forefront of renewable energy implementation has come out on why it rolled back its research and development while another, which has been largely inactive on the sustainability front, has just announced a new goal of achieving 100 percent renewable energy use.
Whatever the future holds, it is clear that Podesta has already had an outsized effect. Environmentalist and Democratic strategist Glenn Hurowitz, the executive director of the firm Catapult, describes Podesta’s time at the White House in epochal terms. “You can divide the Obama administration’s environmental policy-making into BP and AP,” he says. “Before Podesta and After Podesta.”
For the solar and wind industries in the United States, it has been a long-held dream: to produce energy at a cost equal to conventional sources like coal and natural gas. That day appears to be dawning.The cost of providing electricity from wind andsolar power plants has plummeted over the last five years, so much so that in some markets renewable generation is now cheaper than coal or natural gas.
A survey released Wednesday by Yale’s Project on Climate Change Communication asked 1,275 adult voters if they would support “strict carbon dioxide emission limits on existing coal-fired power plants to reduce global warming and improve public health,” even if “the cost of electricity to consumers and companies would likely increase.” Twenty-three percent responded they would “strongly” support the policy, and 44 percent said they would “somewhat” support it.
NRG, which built a leading electricity business from coal and other conventional power plants, is aiming to reduce its carbon emissions 50 percent by 2030 and 90 percent by 2050, the company said on Thursday. David Crane, the company’s chief executive, made the announcement at a ceremony breaking ground for the company’s new headquarters in Princeton, N.J., conceived as a green-energy showcase that will open in 2016. “The power industry is the biggest part of the problem of greenhouse gas emissions, but it has the potential to be an even bigger part of the solution,” Mr. Crane said in an interview before the announcement.
Wind energy provides a powerful success story. In 2012, wind was our nation’s fastest-growing source of new electrical capacity. Wind power is a clean, renewable energy source that produces no greenhouse gases or air pollution and consumes virtually no water. As its share of our nation’s energy mix increases, we’re also protecting our planet.The wind industry currently employs more than 50,000 American workers and produces enough clean energy to power 15 million homes. Wind energy creates good-paying jobs for the workers who build, maintain, and operate wind turbines, and who support operations. A strong domestic wind industry is essential to the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing and good manufacturing jobs.
Grassley said he was encouraged to hear that House and Senate lawmakers are holding informal talks to work out a tax extenders package. The tax code has been expired for 11 months and if lawmakers don’t pass a package by the end of the year to extend tax deductions, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) could have to retroactively address the issue if something is passed next year.“Tax season is unpleasant enough without us adding to it,” Grassley said. “It’s now time to get to work and get the extenders bill done.”
While political drama over the Keystone XL pipeline and President Obama’s impending immigration announcement have captured most of the public attention on Capitol Hill since lawmakers returned last week, negotiations are continuing behind the scenes over legislation to keep the government running and renew dozens of lapsed tax incentives for renewable energy and other businesses. Resolution of the tax and spending debates is unlikely until at least next month, but discussions remain ongoing over several areas that sharply divide House and Senate majorities, including renewable energy tax breaks and appropriations riders that would limit U.S. EPA rules.