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The Twist in Wind

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In many industries, federal tax policies and regulations provide large incentives for increased production. In the case of wind power, however, tax policy merely creates dependence. As the debate of the production tax credit, or PTC, for wind power continues on the Hill, many groups have ramped up lobbying activities and arm-twisting both in the […]
The growth of renewable energy could slow unless the industry gets more certainty about policies surrounding them, the International Energy Agency said in a new report. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Texas ranks high for green job growth

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Texas added nearly 800 clean jobs during the first three months of the year according to a new analysis, but across the nation, the number of new renewable energy and clean transportation projects is dropping.
Turbines at Pattern Energy's Gulf Wind project in Kenedy County, Texas are silhouetted by a sunset. (Pattern Energy)

Transmission line could expand Texas wind market

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A California-based energy company announced Wednesday that it has federal approval to build a transmission connecting Texas’s power grid to the power grid in the Southeast.
Categories: Electricity, Wind
Turbines at Pattern Energy's Gulf Wind project in Kenedy County, Texas are silhouetted by a sunset. (Pattern Energy)

Texas renewable energy production up 12 percent

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Renewable energy production rose 12 percent last year, according to the state’s grid operator.
(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Senate debates wind tax credit

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Wind energy supporters are hoping to blow past opponents in the Senate, as the chamber considers broad legislation to renew dozens of expired tax breaks — including one credited with making turbines spin in Texas.
(AP Photo/LM Otero)

Maryland mulls moratorium on wind turbines

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Gov. Martin O’Malley says he still has misgivings about a bill to set a 13-month moratorium on the development of tall wind turbines within 56 miles of the U.S. Naval Air Station Patuxent River base in southern Maryland.
Wind turbine blades wait to be shipped out by rail at the Port of Corpus Christi in Corpus Christi, Texas. (Eddie Seal/Bloomberg)

Shale gas boom leaves wind companies seeking more subsidy

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Wind power in the U.S. is on a respirator. The $14 billion industry is reeling from a double blow — cheap natural gas unleashed by the hydraulic fracturing revolution and the death last year of federal subsidies that made wind the most competitive of all renewable energy sources in the U.S.
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Tech titans graded in green energy friendliness

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Apple and Facebook won near-perfect grades in a new rating of tech giants’ clean energy friendliness, while Twitter and Amazon failed on almost every measure.
Texas Solar Outfitters installs solar panels in a newly constructed home located in the Dominion Falls subdivision in Humble, Texas.

Report: Clean energy investments drop globally

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Global investment in clean energy technology fell 11 percent to $254 billion last year, according to a new study released Thursday by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Categories: Biofuels, featured, Solar, Wind
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Senators leave popular tax credit out of renewable fuel proposal

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Top senators on Tuesday unveiled their plan for renewing a slew of tax credits that expired last year, including measures aimed at making biofuels. But one popular tax credit didn’t make the cut.