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Renewable groups: ‘Clock is ticking’ on clean energy tax incentives

A coalition of more than 580 renewable energy companies, business groups and environmental advocates is urging Congress to move quickly to extend expired or expiring tax incentives, warning that failure to do so would stifle investment in low-carbon energy and risk American jobs.

In a letter sent Monday to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., the groups made the case that the credits were necessary to provide market certainty to benefit the economy and the environment.

Regulators: Safety, welding problems at offshore wind farm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The nation's first offshore wind farm has experienced safety and welding problems, and regulators are closely monitoring construction, according to the regulatory agency that issued a permit for the work.

Deepwater Wind is building a five-turbine wind farm off Block Island and began construction in July. Inspection reports about the initial weeks of construction identified "numerous" health and safety issues.

NJ lawmakers press Christie on offshore wind

NJ Spotlight

Three of New Jersey’s Democratic lawmakers – Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker, alongside Rep. Frank Pallone – have written to the state’s Republican Gov. Chris Christie, urging him to get moving to implement the state’s law to promote offshore wind programs, NJ Spotlight reports.

Wal-Mart buying Texas wind power


More than half the output of the new 200-megawatt Logan’s Gap wind facility operated by Pattern Energy Group will be purchased by Wal-Mart, in what a company executive is calling “a significant leap forward on our renewable energy journey,” Fortune reports.

Texas wind boom threatened by end to PTC

The Dallas Morning News

The rapidly growing wind power industry in Texas could be stalled if Congress fails to renew the expiring wind Production Tax Credit, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Federal offshore lease auction has wind backers in NJ excited


New Jersey regulators have failed to back offshore wind projects, but wind power supporters are hoping the Interior Department's intention to sell some 344,000 acres in leases off the coast will change that, Platts reports.

Wind lease sale planned in November for offshore NJ coast

The Associated Press

Calling it a “major step in standing up a sustainable offshore wind program,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Wednesday announced a Nov. 9 sale of nearly 344,000 acres of leases in the Atlantic off the coast of New Jersey, The Associated Press reports.

Wind power faces multiple challenges in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

If wind power is to play a role in helping Pennsylvania meet obligations under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, the state will have to tackle a number of obstacles including sorting out energy tax credits and credit trading rules, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

SD should expand wind power, governor says at groundbreaking

Argus Leader

At Monday’s groundbreaking ceremony for a $225 million wind energy transmission line, Gov. Dennis Daugaard, R-S.D., said energy companies, landowners and legislators should cooperate to boost similar projects in the state, the Argus Leader reports.

Texas set wind generation record Sunday: ERCOT


Sunday night saw a new record output of 11,467 megawatts of power from wind farms in Texas, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which reported negative power prices as demand dipped Monday morning, Platts reports.


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