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Wyden tax breaks extension bill expected

The one potential energy bill that could win enactment this year is expected to emerge in draft form as soon as this week from Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden.

Wyden, D-Ore., had not tipped his hand on the exact timing of the a package of business tax breaks extenders or renewals that he has said should include the renewable energy Production Tax Credit, a key support for the wind industry that expired in December.

Texas wind power generates record 10,000 MW


Wednesday night saw Texas hit a new mark in generating wind power -- 10,000 megawatts -- which experts attribute to the new western transmission lines completed at a cost of $7 billion last December, FuelFix reports.

Maine Senate nixes bills to change wind power laws

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature has rejected two bills to change the state's wind energy laws aimed at ensuring projects benefit the state economically and don't hinder the beauty of the state's natural resources.

The Democratic-led Senate voted 21-14 on Thursday in favor of rejecting Republican Gov. Paul LePage's proposal to add that Maine wants to lower electricity prices and expand economic opportunities through wind power to its current megawatt targets.

Missouri route announced for transmission project

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A company that wants to build transmission lines to move wind energy from Kansas to Indiana has announced its proposed route through Missouri, but opponents say they'll continue the fight to keep the towers and lines away from their land.

Clean Line Energy Partners, based in Houston, hopes to begin construction as early as 2016 on its Grain Belt Express Clean Line. The company on Wednesday asked the Missouri Public Service Commission to approve the route through northern Missouri. No hearing date has been set.

Wind installations blew away with tax credit expiration: Navigant


Installations for new U.S. wind installations dropped 93 percent last year as Congress let the tax credit for wind projects expire, according to data gathered by Navigant Research, FuelFix reports.

Study: $6 billion spent on Oklahoma wind energy

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Developers have invested more than $6 billion in wind farm construction in Oklahoma and the state now ranks sixth in the nation in the amount of wind energy generated for consumers, according to a new study released Wednesday that was commissioned by The Wind Coalition.

The study found that construction and operation of wind farms between 2003 and 2012 produced more than $1 billion in products and services in the state, more than 4,000 jobs in wind energy and supporting industries, and a labor income of more than $340 million.

GOP: Administration stonewalling on bird deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is refusing to turn over documents related to enforcement of environmental laws at wind farms where dozens of eagles and other protected birds have been killed, House Republicans charged Wednesday.

Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., said the Fish and Wildlife Service has engaged in a "deliberate slow rolling of documents and answers" for nearly a year. Hastings is chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, which has been seeking to compel the wildlife agency turn over internal documents related to its enforcement of laws protecting eagles and other birds.

Kansas senate approves repeal of renewable energy rule

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators moved Tuesday night toward repealing the state's renewable energy standards for electric utilities, an idea pushed by conservative, small-government groups and the powerful Kansas Chamber of Commerce.

The state Senate approved a repeal bill on a 25-15 vote, despite strong objections from environmentalists and wind energy companies. The measure goes next to the House.

Chesapeake Bay wind project divides Maryland Democrats


A proposal to put dozens of wind turbines in place in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay area may be backed by Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley, but others in his party oppose the plans, concerned that the turbines may interfere with military radar systems in the area, E&E reports.

New tech leading to more competitive wind pricing

The New York Times

The wind power industry is developing new technologies to boost its price competitiveness against traditional energy sources, including the pilot Buoyant Airborne Turbine that could harness wind at 1,000 feet, The New York Times reports.


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