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Talk of a Wind Subsidy ‘Phaseout’

Source: By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times • Posted: Monday, October 29th, 2012

The wind industry, fighting to hold onto a generous tax credit set to expire in December, has been arguing that it does not need the support forever – just a little while longer, until it can compete with fossil fuels on its own. The tax break subsidizes wind power by 2.2 cents a kilowatt hour to bring its cost closer to that of conventional fuels, and it has periodically been renewed by Congress with support from both parties. But like other subsidies for alternative energy, it has been tarred in some people’s eyes by the government’s investment in the failed solar company Solyndra and has become a wedge issue in the presidential contest. President Obama wants the credit extended, while Mitt Romney has urged that it expire as scheduled.

East Coast ports jockey to woo nascent U.S. industry

Source: Phil Taylor, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, October 26th, 2012

Port officials here are vowing to roll out the red carpet for the nascent offshore wind industry. The Port of Virginia, home to Naval Station Norfolk and the world’s largest military-industrial complex, hopes to become a home base for assembling, shipping and installing massive wind turbines for mid-Atlantic power projects.

Investors Worth $800 Billion Lobby for Wind Energy Tax Credit

Environment News Service • Posted: Friday, October 26th, 2012

BOSTON, Massachusetts, October 25, 2012 (ENS) – Two dozen investors with more than $800 billion in assets under management are urging an immediate extension of the production tax credit for renewable energy, which expires December 31. The investors say this tax credit supports the U.S. wind industry by creating economic benefits for wind power producers and their suppliers. In a letter delivered to Congressional leaders on Wednesday, the investors ask Congress to extend the tax credit before it expires. First passed by President George H. W. Bush in 1992, the credit amounts to 2.2 cents for each kilowatt-hour of renewable power generated.

Industry group says energy storage still going strong despite troubles with key players

Source: Umair Irfan, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Officials from the energy storage industry yesterday gave a sunny outlook for their sector despite financial trouble among some players, citing new projects, growing markets and advances in storage technology.

Wind-power consumption rises as nation’s overall energy use drops

Source: By Zack Colman , The Hill • Posted: Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Wind power posted the greatest gain in domestic energy consumption in 2011 as overall energy use dropped, according to an analysis by the Energy Department’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Energy consumption from wind power rose 27 percent in 2011 to 1.17 quadrillion Btu (British thermal units), up from 0.92 in 2010, LLNL said, citing U.S. Energy Information Administration data.

Del. lease is first under new Interior planning regime

Source: Phil Taylor, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

The Obama administration today said it has reached an agreement to issue an offshore wind lease about a dozen miles from the Delaware coast, the second in the United States and the first under the Interior Department’s “smart from the start” program in the mid-Atlantic. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said the noncompetitive lease gives NRG Bluewater Wind Delaware LLC the exclusive right to set up meteorological towers and buoys and develop a construction and operating plan for a commercial wind farm.

U.S. Adding Record Number of Wind Turbines

Reuters • Posted: Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

U.S. wind power developers are installing record-high numbers of turbines in 2012 but that growth could weaken if a production tax credit expires at the end of this year, an industry group says. The U.S. wind industry in August for the first time surpassed 50,000MW of generation capacity – enough to power 13 million homes, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) says in a report.

Nebraska Governor hopes for extension of wind-power tax credit

Source: By Joe Duggan, WORLD-HERALD BUREAU • Posted: Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Gov. Dave Heineman gave conditional support to extending the federal tax credit for wind power Monday after speaking at the Nebraska Wind Conference. The credit, set to expire at the end of the year, has become a contested issue in the presidential race, with Democratic President Barack Obama saying he would extend it while Republican challenger Mitt Romney wants to let it end.

Report: Nebraska wind power would boost economy

Associated Press • Posted: Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Nebraska is trailing its neighbors in wind-energy development and missing an opportunity to add jobs to the state economy while producing a cleaner form of energy, according to a report released Thursday. A group of lawmakers and environmental advocates unveiled the report as they argued that Nebraska is well-positioned to tap wind as a renewable energy resource.

In the wind? Nebraska work could stall without tax credit

Source: By ALGIS J. LAUKAITIS / Lincoln Journal Star • Posted: Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Dave Vavra has been waiting five years to get those big trucks — hauling giant blades and long tubes for a wind farm — to roll into Saline County. Vavra is president of the Saline County Wind Association, a grass-roots group made up of 260 members representing 60,000 acres that may be suitable for wind energy development. The group has tried to attract a developer without success. A company that showed interest has since left the wind industry, and discussions with several others have gone nowhere.