Renewable Energy

Supporters, opponents of wind tax credit jockey on Capitol Hill


The wind production tax credit, under consideration in the Senate now, has high profile champions like Finance chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore., as well as opponents like Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., but is likely to face a rougher ride in the Republican-controlled House, FuelFix reports.

Fuel cell maker Plug Power heading for loss: CEO


Increasing sales won’t overcome rising costs for fuel cell maker Plug Power this year, CEO Andy Marsh said in a conference call Wednesday, Bloomberg reports.

RI: Planned offshore wind farm picks up key approval

Rhode Island Public Radio

The Coastal Resources Management Council has given unanimous backing to Deepwater Wind’s proposal for a wind farm off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island Public Radio reports.

Permit submitted for proposed wind farm in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The developers of what could become the largest wind energy project in the U.S. have submitted their application for a state permit to build the wind farm.

The Power Company of Wyoming submitted its industrial siting permit application on Tuesday for its proposed Chokecherry/Sierra Madre wind farm south of Rawlins.

The Power Company is a wholly owned affiliate of Denver billionaire Phil Anschutz's The Anschutz Corp.

Debate still raging over wind farms and bird deaths

Argus Leader

The American Bird Conservancy’s notification that it intends to take legal action against the Interior Department for its move to issue 30-year wind farm permits has triggered a new round of debate and discussion over the issue of bird deaths, Gannett’s Argus Leader reports.

Massachusetts wants more solar energy projects

BOSTON (AP) — The Patrick administration is hoping to encourage the growth of solar energy projects on landfills, "brownfield" sites, and residential rooftops in Massachusetts.

The initiative is part of a larger program designed to reach 1,600 megawatts of installed solar capacity in the state by 2020.

The program also aims to ensure steady annual growth and control ratepayer costs. The administration said it's accepting applications for the program's second phase.

Office of Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Absent on efficiency bill vote, Murkowski avoids taking sides

The Senate vote Monday that failed to advance the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill revealed a split among its 14 co-sponsors, with three Republican supporters voting against a motion to end a Republican filibuster and move to final passage.

Among the others, 10 voted to stop the filibuster, leaving Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, as the only one of the group to miss the vote. It was unclear which group she would have joined, as she declined on Tuesday to say whether how she would have voted on the motion. 

"I have not said how I would have voted," she remarked in the Capitol.

Wind energy line gets FERC nod

The Hutchinson News

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has granted approval for Clean Line Energy to start selling capacity from its proposed Grain Belt Express transmission line that runs east from Kansas, but the project still needs an OK from Missouri regulators, The Hutchinson News reports.

Toyota drops Tesla partnership, looks to fuel cell tech

The New York Times

With its RAV4 SUV failing to take off, Toyota has announced it’s dropping its partnership deal with Tesla, which makes the electric power train for the vehicle, and is turning instead to fuel cell technology, according to The New York Times, which says the Japanese automaker plans to release a fuel cell-powered sedan in California next year.

Solar industry seeks to salvage Mo. rebate effort

MAPLEWOOD, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's solar energy industry rallied Monday to resurrect a popular rebate program created by a 2008 renewable-energy ballot initiative that was curtailed when the state's largest utilities said they had to cease participation to avoid rate increases capped by the voter-approved law.

The Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association said its members will have to lay off thousands of workers if state lawmakers or the Missouri Public Service Commission don't fix an incentive program that provided up to $50,000 in rebates to customers who installed solar rooftop panels. Lawmakers are now in their final week of the annual legislative session.


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