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Legislators seek higher taxes on wind

A group of lawmakers, accusing wind farms of “seeking to shut down” the coal industry, drummed up proposals Wednesday to increase taxes on the renewable energy source to raise money for education. ...Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander, disagreed, arguing that wind turbines destroyed viewsheds for up to 200 years, a much longer time than mines and drilling rigs. “With wind, that viewshed is lost forever,” he said. “It is severed.”
12 May 2016

Energy Bill approved after DECC wins wind farm battle

Opposition peers sought to extend the government's grace period criteria until 31 March 2017 for wind farms that had secured planning permission before 18 June 2015 and issued legal agreements by 18 September 2015. But a final vote on the amendment was defeated by 204 votes to 109, and the amendment was subsequently withdrawn.
11 May 2016

IRS Overreach on Wind Power: Likely Illegal

According to the American Wind Energy Association, more than 15,000 MW of new wind is currently under construction or in advanced stages of development. Under the IRS’ loose rules, the number of MWs eligible for the full subsidy could easily double that. Yet, this change was not subject to public input or any type of budget scoring.
11 May 2016

Wind farm tax objections drafted

The first objection states that the real estate does not qualify as an ERA as defined by Indiana Code. “(Roberts) objects to any designation of the subject 21 square miles of real estate as described in the (county’s) preliminary resolution as an Economic Development Area. ...By law, an economic development area is supposed to be undesirable or impossible to develop for economic growth. The objection states that the area in question is “some of the most valuable and productive farmland in Henry County ....”
10 May 2016

Denmark to scrap green energy tariff

Denmark will scrap the “expensive and ineffective” tariff that has been financing renewable energy development since 1998, the government has announced. ...“The PSO tariff is expensive and ineffective. We have long believed that the rising costs are unsustainable and now it is abundantly clear that we have to find an alternative. Therefore the government is ready for a showdown over the PSO levy.” 
10 May 2016

Gridmonsters attack! Wind, solar power are inefficient, unreliable and make electricity grid more costly than it has to be

In fact, wind and solar “farms” have become troublesome “gridmonsters”. They are uncontrollable, cruel and unreasonably costly. Gridmonsters have a licence not only to kill, but also to bill. Enabled by Ontario’s Green Energy Act , they drive up electricity prices while ravaging rural neighbourhoods and wildlife.
7 May 2016

The truth about wind turbine tax benefit to schools

Thus, the 30-year average tax revenue benefit to the Sanborn Central School District would be a meager $7,600 per year. They currently receive $4,877 per student from the state, meaning that tax revenue equates to a mere 1.6 students over the life of the project. If we have one young family move from Sanborn County, not wanting to live in the shadows of these behemoths, it would more than wipe out the supposed tax benefit.
7 May 2016

Wind debate: Incentives blowing a hole in Oklahoma's budget

As these overly generous subsidies are being called into question, the only leg the wind industry is purportedly standing on is that it is helping local schools. This could not be a more disingenuous argument. According to the wind industry's own research, state reimbursements — not wind companies — are responsible for the vast majority of “wind industry payments” to schools.
29 Apr 2016

LePage vetoes solar energy bill after compromise talks fail

“I tried to negotiate in good faith with Democrats to reach a compromise that would not add to the burden of ratepayers,” LePage wrote. “I requested that the bill include all renewables, return all renewable energy credits (RECs) to ratepayers and have a cap on the price we pay in long-term contracts. We could not reach an agreement. They are not serious about reducing the price of energy for Maine families or job creators.”
28 Apr 2016

Wind on government support

It is not possible to lie to the people forever about whether wind turbines can compete on equal footing with other forms of energy when the reality is that wind power - for the first 40 years of development - and forever after, will require billions in direct and indirect support.
26 Apr 2016

Senate votes to restore full taxpayer subsidies for windmills

Hot air still rules on Capitol Hill, where senators voted Tuesday to restore millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies for windmills, in a signal that Congress is still eager to pick winners in the emerging renewable-energy sector. ...Tuesday’s wind vote saw 12 Republicans join with 41 Democrats and one independent senator in sustaining full funding for windmill research.
26 Apr 2016

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