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Congressional Inaction Threatens Record Wind Energy Growth

October 20th, 2012 | by Andrew

The picture of the US wind energy industry looks markedly different looking back than it does looking forward. US wind energy capacity has been growing at a record rate this year, but the year-end expiration of a key federal tax credit is already slowing things down.


Deepwater Wind Files Final Federal, State Permits for Block Island Wind Farm

October 4th, 2012 | by Andrew

Said to be "the most thorough study ever conducted of a U.S. offshore wind farm,” Deepwater Wind invested three-years and $7 million in completing the permit applications for the proposed 30-MW Block Island Wind Farm, a project that management sees as a stepping stone on the path toward carrying out much larger projects off the US northeast and mid-Atlantic coast


Where’s the Clean Energy Stimulus? Q2 a Record Quarter for US Solar Market

September 10th, 2012 | by Andrew

Q2 was a record quarter for the US solar market, intensifying opposition and populist rhetoric notwithstanding. Utility solar power installations powered second quarter gains in solar power capacity, though residential solar power installations increased for the fourth consecutive quarter, according to SEIA-GTM Research's latest quarterly report.


Wind Farms Add Nearly $6B, 20K Jobs to Illinois Economy

July 20th, 2012 | by Andrew

A study by Illinois State University's Center for Renewable Energy finds that the state's 23 largest wind farms create thousands of jobs and boost local economies, adding fuel to calls for Congress to extend the key federal wind energy production tax credit (PTC).


Leveling the Energy Playing Field: Senate Bill to Allow Renewable Energy MLPs

June 8th, 2012 | by Andrew

One of the ways the US federal government subsidizes the fossil fuel industry is by allowing natural gas, oil and coal investors to form Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs). These special purpose investment vehicles exempt companies forming them from corporate income taxes. Legislation from Delaware Sen. Christopher Coons seeks to level the playing field by opening MLPs up to renewable energy investors.


EnXco Acquires Cielo’s 161-MW Texas Panhandle Wind Ranch; Accelerated Construction by Year-End to Qualify for Expiring Production Tax Credit

January 19th, 2012 | by Andrew

San Diego-based enXco has purchased Cielo Wind Energy's 161-MW Spinning Spur Wind Ranch project. Producing enough clean, renewable energy to supply more than 54,000 households, enXco, Cielo - which will manage construction of the project - and North Dakota contractor Wanzek Construction plan an accelerated construction schedule in order to qualify for a federal wind energy production tax credit due to expire at year-end


Interior Opening Up 17 Solar Energy Zones Across Six Western States

November 6th, 2011 | by Andrew

Looking to streamline and speed up the process of developing the nation's solar power potential, the US Dept. of Interior took another step towards opening up public land in six Western states - Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah - to utility-scale solar power projects.


US Solar PV to Double in 2011; Grow 47% a year to 2015

August 8th, 2011 | by Andrew

The US market for solar PV will double in 2011 despite the hard economic times, as plunging prices and policy incentives underpin growth. A strong project pipeline, and growing demand from utilities, driven by the need to meet Renewable Portfolio Standard targets, will result in constant annual growth rates of 47% out to 2015, according to research from Solarbuzz



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