Articles filed under Taxes & Subsidies from USA

Wind energy gets blown away by shifting patterns in the West

The government's Energy Information Administration detailed the findings earlier this month in a study that showed falling wind energy production in California, Oregon and Washington state — typically known as a bastion for clean energy development. The agency didn't say how the wind energy slump would affect the electric grid, but it did say it could hinder wind farms from taking advantage of a key federal tax subsidy and harm their economic viability. Clean energy companies rely on the subsidy to fund projects. ...Even small changes in wind speed can dramatically reduce electricity output from wind turbines.
20 Aug 2015

Wind energy gets blown away by shifting patterns in the West

The government's Energy Information Administration detailed the findings earlier this month in a study that showed falling wind energy production in California, Oregon and Washington state — typically known as a bastion for clean energy development. The agency didn't say how the wind energy slump would affect the electric grid, but it did say it could hinder wind farms from taking advantage of a key federal tax subsidy and harm their economic viability. Clean energy companies rely on the subsidy to fund projects. ...Even small changes in wind speed can dramatically reduce electricity output from wind turbines.
20 Aug 2015

Wind energy gets blown away by shifting patterns in the West

The government's Energy Information Administration detailed the findings earlier this month in a study that showed falling wind energy production in California, Oregon and Washington state — typically known as a bastion for clean energy development. The agency didn't say how the wind energy slump would affect the electric grid, but it did say it could hinder wind farms from taking advantage of a key federal tax subsidy and harm their economic viability. Clean energy companies rely on the subsidy to fund projects. ...Even small changes in wind speed can dramatically reduce electricity output from wind turbines.
20 Aug 2015

California’s Clean Energy Jobs Act fails to create promised green jobs

The Energy Commission said its jobs number is based on dollars spent and doesn’t take the type of project into account. Johnson said the slow results show the oversight board should have gotten involved much earlier. “They should have been overseeing all stages of this project, not just waiting until the money’s gone and seeing where it went,” Johnson said.
18 Aug 2015

Wind turbine owner forces statewide review of utilities' tacked-on fees

Now, the worry by Miller and other renewable energy advocates is that anyone considering solar or wind power won’t invest until it’s clear what, if any, extra fees they’ll have to pay their utility. ...The fears of fees as high as $85 stem from an Iowa cooperative utility’s proposal to significantly increase charges to customers who install new solar or wind generators.
13 Aug 2015

Renewable energy mandates same as a tax on the poor

The regressivity of California’s energy policies are the focus of our new report for the Manhattan Institute, which found that, in 2012, about 1 million California households were living in “energy poverty,” a term that applies to residents who spend 10 percent, or more, of their income on household energy costs, (excluding the costs of transportation-related costs, such as gasoline.)
26 Jul 2015

Renewable energy mandates same as a tax on the poor

The regressivity of California’s energy policies are the focus of our new report for the Manhattan Institute, which found that, in 2012, about 1 million California households were living in “energy poverty,” a term that applies to residents who spend 10 percent, or more, of their income on household energy costs, (excluding the costs of transportation-related costs, such as gasoline.)
26 Jul 2015

Reaching for the wind to power Memphis

It comes down to whether TVA decides to step up its purchase of wind energy. Fracking has made natural gas abundant and cheap to burn in electric plants. Wind appears costly without tax breaks. But energy analysts figure gas prices eventually will rise. And long-term wind power contracts could lock in prices below the ultimate level gas reaches in a decade or more.
19 Jul 2015

Reaching for the wind to power Memphis

It comes down to whether TVA decides to step up its purchase of wind energy. Fracking has made natural gas abundant and cheap to burn in electric plants. Wind appears costly without tax breaks. But energy analysts figure gas prices eventually will rise. And long-term wind power contracts could lock in prices below the ultimate level gas reaches in a decade or more.
19 Jul 2015

Renewable backers prep for Senate extenders markup

Renewable energy supporters are scrambling to shore up support for their respective tax incentives ahead of an expected Senate Finance Committee markup of an extenders package. ..."If there is just one thing in the extenders package that's a target for striking, it will be that," Grassley toldE&E Daily yesterday.
9 Jul 2015

US renewables industry seeks tax breaks to compete with gas

Although the cost of renewable energy was still falling, wind and solar power faced competition from unexpectedly cheap gas-fired generation. US natural gas prices have dropped from more than $12 per million British thermal units in 2008 to less than $2.80 today, and the futures market puts the price at less than $4.50 per mBTU as far out as 2025.
5 Jul 2015

Oklahoma wind industry looks to finish projects before tax incentives end

Tax exemptions and tax credits for wind energy cost the state nearly $49 million last year. Left unchanged, the price tag would have reached $77 million by 2018, according to estimates from the Oklahoma Tax Commission. Wind developments, however, still qualify for Zero Emission Tax Credits, which drew some of the heaviest criticism from Mosier and other opponents of wind subsidies because they are “open-ended.”
16 Jun 2015

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