Senate Dems ask for extension of expiring clean energy incentives

Source: Nick Juliano, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

“If a broader tax code overhaul cannot be achieved by year’s end, it is imperative that these key clean energy tax incentives are renewed as soon as possible,” they wrote. “These tax credits have helped scale up production and drive down the cost of clean energy technologies. They remain critical to addressing the market failures that prevent cost-effective, market-ready technologies from being deployed to their full potential.”

Wind energy company NextEra eyeing a Kansas County

Source: By Peter Hancock, Lincoln County Journal • Posted: Monday, December 16th, 2013

NextEra Energy Resources, the largest wind energy developer in the United States, said it is in the very early stages of looking at Douglas County as a site for a future wind farm. “We have talked to some landowners,” said Steve Stengel, a spokesman for the Florida-based company. “We haven’t really even started measuring the wind yet, so it’s a fairly lengthy process.”

Energy tax reform paper could be coming soon – House passes budget deal – Moniz: Oil export ban

Source: By ALEX GUILLEN | 12/13/13 10:01 AM EDT, Politico • Posted: Monday, December 16th, 2013

ENR Chairman Ron Wyden would not comment on the forthcoming paper but said he wants all the players in the energy sector to have more “parity” in the tax code. “You’ve got to make it possible for all of the different energy sources to get out of the gate, and if you have a set of energy sources that are permanently subsidized at a very high level … how are you going to move to a competitive landscape?” Wyden yesterday hinted he may push Congress to consider some sort of tax extenders package if broader tax reform efforts drag out too long. “If you didn’t have tax reform and you didn’t have extenders, you’d do crushing damage to solar, wind and renewables,” Wyden told ME in the Capitol.

Fracking protesters dump wind turbine blade at Manchester drilling site

Source: Adam Vaughan, The Guardian • Posted: Monday, December 16th, 2013

Anti-fracking protesters have dumped a wind turbine blade at an oil drilling site in Manchester, in the latest step in an ongoing campaign that saw scuffles between police and protesters on Friday. 50 campaigners put the blade in place at around 5.30am at the Barton Moss site this morning, and said it was disrupting vehicle access to the site.

Fracking-led oil revolution turns U.S. into Saudi America

Source: McClatchy Washington Bureau • Posted: Monday, December 16th, 2013

A surge in U.S. oil production has in just a few short years propelled the United States from a country largely dependent on oil imports to one that soon could become the world’s top oil producer. The goal of North American energy self-sufficiency, the holy grail of American politics since the Arab oil boycott of 1973, seems to be within grasp. The revolution has taken place almost unnoticed — and in a way that few foresaw less than a decade ago, when the emphasis on breaking America’s foreign oil dependence was almost entirely on persuading Americans to drive less, turn the thermostat up or down and open protected areas to oil exploration.

New Obama Adviser Brings Corporate Ties

Source: By ERIC LIPTON, New York Times • Posted: Friday, December 13th, 2013

Mr. Podesta, named a senior adviser to President Obama, is not currently a lobbyist and therefore does not have to worry about the Obama administration’s self-imposed ban on hiring lobbyists to administration jobs. But he will nonetheless arrive at the White House after having run an organization that has taken millions of dollars in corporate donations in recent years and has its own team of lobbyists who have pushed an agenda that sometimes echoes the interests of these corporate supporters.

Udall pushing to extend tax credit for wind energy production

by Eli Stokols, KDVR Denver • Posted: Friday, December 13th, 2013

Udall is set to argue in a floor speech later this week or next that hundreds of Colorado jobs in the industry depend on the wind Production Tax Credit, or “PTC.”

“I’ll do whatever it takes to get the tax credit extended,” Udall told FOX31 Denver Thursday. “We’re not only protecting jobs but we’re making this new energy in America. Wind manufacturing employs 1,500 people in Colorado today and supports over 5,000 jobs statewide. We need to extend the credit long-term. It’s crucial to wind energy and our nation’s energy independence. If we don’t do it, these jobs are going to go overseas to China and even India.”

Study for Texas grid finds wind- and gas-powered energy provide needed growth

Source: Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, December 12th, 2013

The future of electric power in Texas will depend largely on the state’s ability to tap its sizable natural gas and renewable energy resources, a new report prepared by the Brattle Group for the Texas Clean Energy Coalition (TCEC) has found. The report, released yesterday, examines six scenarios under which Texas might meet rising electricity demand using gas, wind and solar energy as primary fuels and explores how rising and falling prices for each energy source affect the operation of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) grid through 2032.

Wind Energy Production Tax Credit To Die Quietly December 31

Source: by Chris Clarke, KCET • Posted: Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Even with the last-minute extension in January, 2013 has been a tough year for wind in the U.S. It took much of the year for companies to regroup. According to a letter to Congressional leadership from 11 governors of states with large wind infrastructure, just one turbine was installed in the U.S. in the first two quarters of 2013.

Study says wind farms kill more than 300K birds a year

Source: Scott Streater, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

A new study led by government and academic researchers finds new wind farms using the most modern equipment are still killing hundreds of thousands of birds each year in collisions, a finding seized upon by conservation activists. The study published in this month’s Biological Conservation says as many as 328,000 birds are killed each year in collisions with so-called monopole wind turbines that are increasingly preferred by the wind power industry and are in use today.