UK audit questions $28 billion of clean power projects

The U.K.’s National Audit Office said it’s not convinced the government decision to award 16.6 billion pounds ($28 billion) of contracts to eight clean-energy projects is worth the risk to taxpayers.

Talkin’ ‘Bout Mo’ Generation

Just as I tweet my favorite articles so that I have a filing place for them (Twitter is awesome for so many reasons, don’t get me started…), I use my desktop to store all my favorite graphics. And it is way too cluttered. So in my quest to make it more minimal and zen, here […]

California wind farm won’t have eagle death penalties

The Shiloh IV Wind Project will receive a special permit allowing up to five golden eagles to be accidentally killed, harmed or disturbed over five years.
Categories: Environment, Wind
(Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle)

Federal report gives Texas wind power lines high marks

Since the CREZ power lines were completed, incidents of both wind curtailment and wind-related negative electricity prices have decreased in Texas, suggesting the projects have largely succeeded at their mission.
Gov. Rick Perry, shown in June, said Wednesday that  “If energy is going to be used as a weapon, America needs to have the largest arsenal." (AP Photo/Rex C. Curry)

Perry: California should learn something from Texas

During the bulk of his controversial talk to the Commonwealth Club of California , Perry held up his own state as a model for responsible energy production and economic growth.
Wind turbines stand behind houses of the village of Feldheim near Berlin, Germany.  (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

IEA cuts gas use growth forecast as coal, renewables gain

Global natural gas demand will increase at a slower rate than previously expected through 2019 amid weaker economic growth and competition from coal and renewables, according to the International Energy Agency.
(Toby Talbot/AP)

Wind farm project faces delay over tax credit uncertainty

Construction of a $115 million wind farm in southeastern South Dakota is being delayed because of investors’ uncertainty about a federal wind energy production tax credit.
(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

NRG affiliate buys country’s largest wind farm

A company affiliated with NRG Energy Inc. will spend $870 million to buy the country’s largest wind farm, it announced Wednesday.
(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Tea Party group wants to kill wind tax credit

Waste in the Wind, a new group with Tea Party roots, is fighting efforts to restore a wind-production tax credit opponents say distorts energy markets by subsidizing generation that can’t stand on its own.

The Twist in Wind

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 […]