Southwest Power Pool Study Misses Low-Cost Options for Meeting Clean Power Plan

by Michael Goggin Originally Published: The Southwest Power Pool released a study today examining the impacts of complying with EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Unfortunately, the study’s results are not realistic as the study arbitrarily limited the region’s options for complying with the Clean Power Plan. If the region had been allowed to fully utilize […]

AWEA and SEIA Publish a Handbook for the States: Incorporating Renewable Energy Into State Power Plans

AWEA and SEIA recently released a Handbook intended as a guide for states that are considering including renewable energy as a compliance tool to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed regulation of carbon emissions from existing power plants (Clean Power Plan) under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. In light of the fact […]

US Senator Chuck Grassley Cuts PTC Critics Down to Size

United States Senator Chuck Grassley is known for his straight-talk and for his pragmatic, problem-solving approach to public policy. Recently, he spoke out in support of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy with some choice words for those who would repeal tax incentives for wind while keeping intact tax incentives for other sources of […]

Plummeting Curtailment, More Low-Cost Wind: CREZ Transmission Policy Already Reaping Big Returns

From AWEA by Michael Goggin While wind energy curtailment has received a great deal of attention of late, thanks in part to a controversial New York Times article, the real story is that nationwide wind energy curtailment is rapidly on the decline. Wind curtailment was nearly cut in half last year, from 4.9 percent of […]

Energy Department Reports Highlight Strength of U.S. Wind Energy Industry

From the United States Department of Energy: Washington, D.C. — The United States continues to be a global leader in wind energy, ranking second in installed capacity in the world, according to two reports released today by the Department of Energy. Wind power is a key component of the nation’s all-of-the-above strategy to reduce carbon […]

NRDC: Order 1000 Upheld on Appeal: A Closer Look at the Good News for Clean Energy

From Natural Resources Defense Council (NDRC) by Allison Clement As our colleague John Moore has already described, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s) landmark Order 1000 rule. We’ve previously blogged about what Order 1000 does and why it’s important; here we focus on some highlights of […]

Federal Court Finds Colorado Renewable Energy Standard Constitutional

DENVER – In a major victory for renewable energy and for states’ power to expand clean energy development, the federal District Court for the District of Colorado today affirmed the Colorado Renewable Energy Standard (RES), rejecting attacks based on the federal dormant Commerce Clause. The Court dismissed a lawsuit brought in 2011 that challenged the […]

Op-Ed: Too Clean to Fail

by Frank Matzner, Natural Resources Defense Council Originally published in The Hill: A battle is raging in Congress about the fate of the nation’s energy tax policies, and the first casualties were the suite of clean energy tax incentives for wind, solar and energy efficiency — along with the jobs, clean air and dollars […]

Keeping Things in Perspective: Government Support to Energy Industries

From AWEA Power of Wind: Senator Grassley (R-IA) put U.S. energy incentives in perspective at an April 3, 2014 Senate Finance Committee hearing. The following is a transcript of his remarks: “… Many of us have been clamoring for tax reform for years now. Just because we haven’t cleaned up the tax code in […]

Commentary from United States Senator Chris Coons: The Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act

by United States Senator Chris Coons (D-A bill to level the playing field by giving investors in renewable energy projects access to a decades-old corporate structure with a tax advantage now available only to investors in fossil fuel-based energy projects Download At a time when the United States needs to increase domestic energy production and […]