Articles filed under Energy Policy from USA

Wind tax credit not best use of the money

Presently wind energy developers are free to build wind farms in Nebraska after going through the Power Review Board process. The push for wind tax credits is powered by greed and fueled by money from special interest lobbyists (the lobbyist cartoon under the wind-tax editorial was very apt). Developers want the taxpayers, through tax credits, to pay for 25 percent  of the estimated $2.5 million cost of each wind turbine, thus guaranteeing the investors an immediate profit.
17 Sep 2015

N.C. killing tax credits, but mandates for renewable power remain

The big news yesterday was that Republicans included no version of an extension of North Carolina’s 35% renewable energy tax credit in the budget compromise worked out by the Senate and House leadership. It will end, effectively, Dec. 31. But with the budget document finally available after months of delay, it seems clear that the leadership has dropped plans to freeze the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard.
15 Sep 2015

GOP budget compromise drops N.C. renewable energy tax credit

A compromise budget reached by Republicans in the state House and Senate, set to be announced Monday afternoon, will not include any provision to extend the credit or allow it to be reduced in steps over the next two years, sources say. It appears that a tax credit supporting renewable energy in North Carolina will be allowed to expire.
15 Sep 2015

What New England’s foolhardy, clean energy policy looks like

The billions New England wasted in the last decade on unsustainable feel-good generation assets were the same billions that should have been invested in critical, dependable, clean energy infrastructure. Specifically, our natural gas transmission constraints and our lack of access to large-scale Canadian hydro now stand as tragic examples of our grossly negligent misappropriation of resources.
14 Sep 2015

EPA's Clean Power Plan and Europe's folly

The EPA's ambitious plans for renewable energy — predominantly through onshore wind facilities — would force the U.S. on a path similar to that legislated several years ago in Germany and Britain. The European schemes may have put lots of renewable energy on their electric grids but with grave, counterproductive impacts.
31 Aug 2015

EPA targets North Dakota in final Clean Power Plan

Prematurely shutting down plants would strand these substantial investments, meaning consumers will have to pay for the expenses associated with that plant while paying the additional costs for new power plant assets. As an industry, we can find new, innovative technology to make strides toward reducing carbon emissions. It just takes time. Unfortunately, the EPA’s plan gives us no time and ties up all investment dollars in building new power plants fueled by a different source.
20 Aug 2015

EPA targets North Dakota in final Clean Power Plan

Prematurely shutting down plants would strand these substantial investments, meaning consumers will have to pay for the expenses associated with that plant while paying the additional costs for new power plant assets. As an industry, we can find new, innovative technology to make strides toward reducing carbon emissions. It just takes time. Unfortunately, the EPA’s plan gives us no time and ties up all investment dollars in building new power plants fueled by a different source.
20 Aug 2015

Mississippians could face higher utility bills under Clean Power Plan

The effects for Mississippi could be disastrous. In comments to the EPA, the Mississippi Public Service Commission predicted residential electricity bills could increase 35 percent and industrial electricity rates could skyrocket by 69 percent. The PSC also said the state’s geography and climate would preclude it from shifting onto less-reliable renewable sources such as wind and solar.
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

Obama doubles down on climate rule

The Obama administration on Sunday unveiled a tougher climate change rule for power plants, demanding that generators cut their carbon dioxide output 32 percent in the first ever limits on the pollutant. ...And despite the added stringency, the rule is predicted to avoid little more than 0.01 degrees Celsius in global warming, since the United States’ emissions are only a small part of the world’s.
3 Aug 2015

The wind ruse: A failed policy

Two studies spotlight how the Obama administration's political drive to make economic winners of “green” ventures with public subsidies is creating bubbles, obscuring true costs and threatening taxpayers. ...wind and solar, unlike natural gas, can't compete successfully on their own merits. When Washington engages in picking winners, taxpayers and the economy become losers.
26 Jul 2015

Green-energy CEO: Vermonters must abandon the car, embrace renewable energy future

According to Blittersdorf, whose business stands to profit handsomely from the 25 megawatts of new renewable power generation required each year for the foreseeable future, Vermonters can expect to see solar and wind farms everywhere across the state. His industry plans to install 6,000 megawatts of solar capacity and 3,000 megawatts of wind to meet Vermont’s goals — a sharp increase from the roughly 100 megawatts of renewable energy generation today.
25 Jul 2015

https://www.windaction.org/posts?location=USA&p=36&topic=Energy+Policy&type=Article
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