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The South West's First Solar Farm Is Connected

Although the 30% business investment tax credit (ITC) for installing solar expires at the end of 2016, the window for taking advantage of the ITC is actually much sooner. Unless Congress extends the ITC – which is an open question at this time – business owners should begin planning now for solar projects to be… Keep reading →

Germany Debates Renewable Energy Investements

First Wind CEO Paul Gaynor once likened federal tax credits to “heroin” for the wind power industry. And you know what happens when a junkie doesn’t get his fix. With the $1.1 trillion “Cromnibus” passed and sent on to the president, and the House home for the holidays, the Senate was left with “tax extenders” legislation that… Keep reading →

Climate Protection - Photo Illustrations

The tax credits – often referred to as subsidies – that help support US wind power development could be on the congressional chopping block. The US wind industry continually faced boom and bust cycles as the Production Tax Credit was renewed and allowed to expire several times in the past. A much hyped New York… Keep reading →

Report Claims 20 Percent Of US's Energy Could Come From Wind Power

Tax reform talk is heating up in Congress as they hurry to pass a tax extenders bill before year end. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley wants the controversial wind energy production tax credit included in the bill. “I’m concerned about rumors that some are working to leave out or shorten the extension of the wind energy… Keep reading →

New Climate Report Names Current Decade As Warmest On Record

The leading U.S. wind energy industry group has to be creative when it comes to ringing alarm bells for a renewal of the Production Tax Credit. After all, it’s something they do every couple of years. Now, with the PTC already a year out of date and a presumably less renewables-friendly Congress waiting in the… Keep reading →

Germany Debates Renewable Energy Investements

It is that simple, yet not simple  Between 2006 and 2009, Texas installed roughly 7 GW of wind capacity, nearly all in West Texas, where it is windy. But since there is virtually no load in the area, nearly all generated power had to be transmitted to major load centers in the South and East… Keep reading →

Germany Debates Renewable Energy Investements

Despite impressive gains, policy uncertainties prevail  First, the good news: Global investments in new clean-energy capacity will total $1.61 trillion through 2020 according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) latest annual renewable report. The Paris-based agency predicts annual investment in wind, solar and biomass to average $230 billion. This will boost renewables’ contribution to about… Keep reading →

Extended Drought Pushes Corn Prices To Record Highs

It’s not hard to find stories of fervent wind-energy opposition, despite public opinion polls that show widespread support. From Maryland to Scotland to Vermont to Ontario, proposed projects face claims that the giant turbines are bad for human health, slice and dice birds, explode bats, ruin views, torpedo property values, leak toxic fluids, are about… Keep reading →

Red Bull Global Rallycross 2014

Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson’s endorsement last week has put the carbon tax in the spotlight. But don’t be fooled: even with increased visibility and the wide endorsement of economists – and with a proposal or two floating around on Capitol Hill – turning U.S. energy policy in a cleaner, more climate-friendly direction continues to… Keep reading →

Wincono Wind Farm In Larnaca Cyprus

The monthly Energy Infrastructure Update from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has become a favorite of renewable energy advocates the past few years, often showing a large proportion – and sometimes virtually all – of new electrical generation capacity coming from renewables. There wasn’t much to crow about in April, however, and one-third of… Keep reading →

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