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Midwestern Voters Willing to Pay More for Clean Energy

Minnesota Environmental Partnership • Posted: Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

A majority of voters in four Midwestern states are willing to pay $6 a month on their electricity bills to help promote clean energy and energy efficiency, according to a telephone poll of 1,600 voters in Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Wyoming wind farm construction lags behind permitting

Source: JEREMY FUGLEBERG • Casper Star-Tribune • Posted: Monday, February 20th, 2012

Not long ago, it wasn’t unusual for a hundred or more wind turbines to sprout into the Wyoming sky each year. But while the state’s wind generates a bigger chunk of Wyoming electricity than ever before, the number of built turbines has lagged ever slower behind the number of permits issued by state regulators.

Wind power industry braces for slowdown as hopes fade for tax credit extension

Source: Nathanael Massey • E&E • Posted: Monday, February 20th, 2012

The wind energy industry finds itself in damage-control mode after House and Senate negotiators reached a deal on the payroll tax extension — but failed to include an important tax credit for wind energy. Industry leaders say the production tax credit (PTC) for wind is critical to preserve thousands of jobs and ensure the sector’s growth. Its omission raises the possibility that the robust growth enjoyed by wind power over the past few years might soon shudder to a halt.

Patrick: NStar to buy Cape Wind energy in merger deal

Source: Greg Turner • Boston Herald • Posted: Friday, February 17th, 2012

Gov. Deval Patrick, who has been trying to strong-arm Nstar into purchasing electricity from his pet energy project Cape Wind, announced today that the utility will buy 27.5 percent of the proposed offshore wind project’s electricity as part of a deal allowing the mega-merger of Nstar and Northeast Utilities.

Congress deals major blow to wind power industry

Source: JULIE WERNAU • CHICAGO TRIBUNE • Posted: Friday, February 17th, 2012

The wind industry is predicting massive layoffs and stalled or abandoned projects after a deal to renew a tax credit for wind production failed Thursday in Washington. The move is expected to have major ramifications in states such as Illinois, where 13,892 megawatts of wind projects-enough to power 3.3 million homes per year-wait to be connected to the electric grid.

Renewable power advocates promise continued push for tax credit extension

Source: Elana Schor and Gabriel Nelson • E&E • Posted: Friday, February 17th, 2012

Even as renewables advocates today lamented lawmakers’ move not to use a bipartisan payroll tax deal as a vehicle to extend a much-watched clean power tax credit, they vowed to keep pressing for a reprieve ahead of a year-end expiration date that could trigger layoffs in coming months. The final payroll tax cut deal signed by congressional conferees today, which shifts the rules governing federal employee pension contributions (see related story), didn’t give the production tax credit (PTC) for wind, biomass, solar and other renewable energy sources life beyond this year, despite support from top Senate Democratic negotiator Max Baucus of Montana. The omission emerged as the Obama administration continues to warn of adverse consequences if Congress does not act soon to extend the credit.

As payroll tax deal nears, calls grow to include tax extenders

Source: Katie Howell • E&E • Posted: Thursday, February 16th, 2012

As House and Senate negotiators work to nail down a payroll tax cut deal, corporations and interest groups are urging lawmakers to include a key renewable energy tax credit extension in the package.

Many Jobs May Be Gone With The Wind Energy Credit

Source: RICHARD HARRIS • NPR Morning Edition • Posted: Thursday, February 16th, 2012

The wind power industry in this country has grown fast in recent years, but that could come to a screeching halt. The industry depends on a federal subsidy to keep it competitive with other forms of electricity. It’s a tax credit wind farms get for the power they produce. That credit expires at the end of the year, and it’s not clear whether Congress will renew it.

Wind energy loses in tax legislation

Source: Dan Piller • Des Moines Register • Posted: Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Windpower Magazine and other sources are reporting that extension of the 2-cent per megawatt hour production tax credit for wind energy projects has been excluded from the compromise Payroll Tax bill in congress.

Payroll tax bill won’t include extension of energy tax credits: US lawmakers

Source: Keith Chu • Platts • Posted: Thursday, February 16th, 2012

An extension of US energy-related tax credits, including the production tax credit for wind power, will not be included in a congressional deal to extend a payroll tax cut that could be released as soon as Wednesday evening, a Republican lawmaker involved in negotiations said. The PTC and other energy tax credit extensions “never were going to be in it,” said House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, Republican-Michigan, in a interview.