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Senate votes down PTC amendment

A majority of the Senate went on record yesterday against reinstating an expired renewable energy tax credit through the end of the decade.The 47-51 failure of a nonbinding measure calling for a five-year extension of the production tax credit (PTC) delivered a tough start to the year for supporters of the wind energy industry, the credit’s primary beneficiary. 
30 Jan 2015

What really toppled Cape Wind’s plans for Nantucket Sound

Demonizing his critics worked for Gordon for more than a decade, but in the end the NIMBY charge lost its sting when the public recognized Cape Wind as a classic bait and switch. Developers promised cheap, clean energy, and then planned to sell 77.5 percent of the power they were going to produce to NStar and National Grid for some two times the average cost of power generated by US suppliers.
30 Jan 2015

County counsel OKs wind moratorium

Mounting complaints spurred the Huron County Board of Commissioners to consider a moratorium on new wind park development for at least six months. During the board’s meeting Tuesday, Huron County Corporate Counsel Steve Allen said he has reviewed the proposal and he agrees a pause in wind development is appropriate.
29 Jan 2015

Senate votes down PTC amendment

Heitkamp cast the amendment as an effort to see where senators stood on the issue and dismissed concerns that it could complicate delicate negotiations around a PTC extension and/or phaseout later this year. "How can I muddy it by asking people where are they today? And if they don't want to say they're for wind energy, then we know what we're up against," Heitkamp told E&E Daily. 
29 Jan 2015

EDF ditches 54MW wind farm

The company said today that after reviewing data gathered at the site over two years it “has come to the conclusion that the site is no longer technically viable and has taken its decision not to proceed with the development”.
29 Jan 2015

Allowing wind to thrive without the PTC

Proponents of the PTC continue to argue against all logic for its extension.  In a tax system that is rife with overly generous subsidies like the PTC, what Congress should be looking at right now is comprehensive tax reform that would benefit all American taxpayers, instead of maintaining the status quo and supporting subsidies and credits like the PTC at the behest of special interests.
29 Jan 2015

Wind auction sees low interest

Only two of four wind energy lease areas in federal waters south of Martha’s Vineyard received bids in an auction today and the sale prices were millions of dollars lower than previous auctions for leases of smaller sizes off other coastal states, according to statements by federal energy officials.
29 Jan 2015

Cape Wind suspended from New England market

Cape Wind has been suspended from New England's wholesale electricity market and has pulled out of a lease for land that had been earmarked for staging the 468MW project. "In general, suspensions are a result of a participant not maintaining a minimum amount of collateral and/or not complying with other financial assurance or billing requirements."
28 Jan 2015

Ending Ontario’s wind experiment

The Ontario Liberals deliberately ignored the interests and wishes of rural Ontario and made all consumers, both urban and rural pay for it—to the tune of $1 billion to $3 billion annually, with increases projected every year. That’s $20 billion to $60 billion over the next two decades.
27 Jan 2015

Dong maps Horns Rev overhaul

Dong Energy is to repair and upgrade all 273 blades at its six-year-old 209MW Horns Rev 2 offshore wind farm in Denmark. The Danish company said it would be removing the components from 91 Siemens 2.3MW machines and bringing them to shore to tackle the “retrofit” work.
27 Jan 2015

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