Articles filed under Energy Policy from USA

State set to flip switch on wind power deal

If the DPU approves the project and it survives a slew of lawsuits, construction could begin by the end of 2011, according to Cape Wind. The DPU first took up the question of whether Cape Wind is cost-effective after National Grid agreed in May to buy half the power generated by the project's 130 turbines.
15 Nov 2010

Fuel for thought as energy policy takes pricey turn

The federal government is spending billions of taxpayer dollars to squeeze out hydrocarbon fuels; favored are wind and solar, which put no fuel in the tank but are a would-be source of clean energy for the electric car. A third element is biofuels ...This whole process is a tangle of subsidies, investment tax credits, tax exemptions, outright grants, loan guarantees.
14 Nov 2010

An ebb tide for wind-farm developers

The economic reality of wind-farm development has always relied on two things: government subsidies in some form, and a growing cost of electricity. In the middle of this decade, both federal and state governments were pushing financial aid to alternative energy projects, and because its technology is largely developed, wind power was a darling of the renewable energy crowd. ...Now, all of that is either gone or disappearing.
12 Nov 2010

Will Congress try to pass a renewable energy standard during the lame-duck session?

If you thought Congress had finally come to its senses and dropped its misguided plans for a federal renewable energy standard, think again. Yesterday we learned that, as Congress is planning the upcoming “lame-duck” session, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is considering taking up Senator Jeff Bingaman’s (D-NM) and Sam Brownback’s (R-KS) renewable energy standard bill.
12 Nov 2010

An ebb tide for wind-farm developers

The economic reality of wind-farm development has always relied on two things: government subsidies in some form, and a growing cost of electricity. In the middle of this decade, both federal and state governments were pushing financial aid to alternative energy projects, and because its technology is largely developed, wind power was a darling of the renewable energy crowd. ...Now, all of that is either gone or disappearing.
12 Nov 2010

Air board's arrogance damaging

The message is that California energy prices will soar, on top of the added costs of huge taxpayer subsidies that will be needed to finance so-called renewable energy sources. Wind, solar and geothermal energy are all economically infeasible without massive subsidies. Like the huge amounts of taxpayer dollars already wasted in government subsidies for the ethanol industry, other renewable-energy endeavors are likely to face similar fates.
11 Nov 2010

Wind Jammers at the White House

President Obama continues to advertise the $814 billion stimulus and its green energy subsidy programs in particular as unqualified successes. But a remarkable memo from Mr. Obama's own advisers tells the real story, neatly illustrating what happens when his anticarbon agenda meets the political allocation of capital.
11 Nov 2010

Power company to propose lower rates

The head of Bonneville Power Administration told local utilities Tuesday that the agency proposes keeping rate increases lower than projected for the next two years, but ratepayers will get less certainty in return. ...Franklin PUD and other smaller utilities in the region said their increases will not be as large because they don't have the same renewable energy requirements as bigger utilities.
10 Nov 2010

Does Wisconsin have too many power plants?

A new report by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance says the construction of new power plants in the state in recent years has driven up electrical rates, created excess capacity just when the recession was reducing demand, and eliminated the state's competitive edge as one of the nation's cheapest places to buy power.
10 Nov 2010

Cheap or clean? The energy dilemma

The recession has had a significant effect on renewable energy projects like wind farms. But it is not only wind energy that is suffering. As prices for conventional energy decline, so does interest in energy conservation and in nuclear plants, experts say.
9 Nov 2010

Cap and trade could hike electricity rate

Electricity rates could increase 1 percent annually until 2020 for residential customers and 2 to 2.5 percent for industrial customers, said Mike Sims, generation manager for the electric utility. The average residential customer pays $70 each month for electricity. "It's going to definitely increase our costs," Sims said.
9 Nov 2010

Matt Patrick seeks to redirect advocacy

State Rep. Cleon Turner, a Democrat who won a fourth term against Republican challenger Patrick Foran on Tuesday, said it could have been Patrick's stance on wind turbines on the Cape that led voters to Vieira. "Matt was pretty rigid on the issue of alternative energy and wind, and I think that was something people were a little bit uneasy about. If it weren't for that, he would've been all right."
8 Nov 2010

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