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Tax Bill Pits Renewable Energies Against Fossil Fuels

Tax Bill Pits Renewable Energies Against Fossil Fuels

The federal tax bill now pending in the US Congress would favor oil and gas development over renewable energy projects, all to the consternation of hi-tech companies that now rely on wind and solar energies to power their businesses.

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BLM Rule Aims to Streamline Renewable Energy Development. The Wind Industry Says It Won’t Work.

A rule intended to streamline renewable energy development on federal lands was finalized by the Bureau of Land Management last week. Both the wind and solar industries have raised concerns.

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: CARB Auction, US Carbon Tax, Chevron Assets Seizure

California will sell more than 60 million CO2 emission permits in a November 14 auction to launch its carbon market, the California Air Resources Board said. ARB will sell 21.8 million allowances that can be used to cover 2013 emissions and 39.5 million allowances that cover 2015 emissions in an … Read more »

Environmental & Energy Executive Moves: Better Place, Distributed Wind, Redwood Systems, Suntech

Here’s the latest news on hirings, firings and promotions among environmental and energy management leaders. Better Place: The Israeli electric vehicle battery swapping company’s founder Shai Agassi (pictured) left the board of directors one week after stepping down as CEO. Agassi remains a major shareholder, Better Place said. Evan Thornley, … Read more »

Johnson & Johnson, Starbucks, 17 Other Companies Tell Congress to Extend Wind Tax Credit

Starbucks, Johnson & Johnson, Sprint and 16 other companies have sent a letter to Congress, urging elected officials to extend the wind production tax credit (PTC) before it expires at the end of 2012. The PTC, originally signed into law by President George H.W. Bush seven years ago, provides a … Read more »

Consumers More Willing to Buy from Brands Using Renewable Energy

Consumers More Willing to Buy from Brands Using Renewable Energy

Sixty two percent of consumers surveyed said they would be more willing to buy products from brands using wind energy, according to a study commissioned by turbine maker Vestas. The Global Consumer Wind Study 2012, an annual survey produced by TNS Gallup, also showed that 79 percent of consumers prefer … Read more »

US Wind Power Hits 50 GW Milestone

US Wind Power Hits 50 GW Milestone

The US has installed a total of 50 GW of wind energy capacity, according to the American Wind Energy Association – hitting the milestone as Congress works to extend the wind energy production tax credit, set to expire Dec. 31. Cumulative US wind power reached 10 GW in 2006, and … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Turbine Standards, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Sustainable Wallcoverings

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), agreed to cooperate on the advancement of more efficient permitting for wind turbine equipment and still-to-be-developed standards for wind turbine structures including towers and foundations, reports ANSI.org. Colbert Packaging Corporation, a manufacturer of folding cartons, rigid … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Airline Emissions Squabble, Wind Sector Grows, Air Toxics Rule

The House of Representatives has voted to shield U.S. passenger and cargo airlines from a European Union law that would make global carriers pay for their carbon emissions, Reuters reported. The bipartisan vote, coupled with President Obama’s opposition to European carbon fees, could force the Senate into action on the … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: FERC Regulations, Wastewater Rules, Fines for ConocoPhillips and Sherwin-Williams

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced that it has published three final rules on Thursday, dramatically shaking up the payment method for transmission, particularly in the Midwest. The first rule, relating to transmission planning and cost allocation, requires organized markets to include in their tariffs a new two-part market-based compensation … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Keystone XL Conflict, Wisconsin Wind Rules, Coal Ash Pushback

The State Department allowed a company with close financial ties to TransCanada to perform a crucial environmental impact study of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, The New York Times reported.  After soliciting bids, TransCanada recommended that the department hire Cardno Entrix, a Texas-based environmental contractor that describes the company as … Read more »

U.S. Wind Capacity Grew by 10,000 MW in 2009

The U.S. saw about 10,000 megawatts in wind capacity added in 2009, or about the same as three new nuclear plants, according to the 2009 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report (PDF) from the American Wind Energy Association. Here are some more highlights from the report: – U.S. wind power … Read more »

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