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Oklahoma Legislators, Wind Industry Reach Compromise on Tax Breaks

May 20 -- The Oklahoma Senate unanimously approved SB 498, terminating the 5-year property tax exemption for wind developers, and SB 502, ending wind developers’ investment/new jobs tax credit. Both end as of January 1, 2017, but wind projects currently in production or put into production by December 31, 2016, will retain the full 5-year property tax exemption. >>View Article

Clean-Energy Sector Hurt by Ohio S.B. 310

May 20 -- Since last June, when Ohio lawmakers froze the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards, the state’s clean-energy sector has suffered an economic setback and will stay in jeopardy unless the freeze is lifted, an organization of business leaders, investors, and others said Tuesday. >>View Article

Why EPA's Alleged 'War on Coal' May Actually Be a War On Wasting Energy

May 19 -- The growing criticisms of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions have a common theme — the agency and the president, it is often alleged, are waging a “war on coal.” And indeed, if the so-called “Clean Power Plan” is successfully implemented by the agency, it’s pretty clear that coal use will decline, even as we’ll get more and more of our electricity from natural gas and renewables (all trends that have begun already anyway). >>View Article

Clean State

May 19 -- Entities around the country are rushing to free their power supplies from carbon emissions. We’ve seen a small city in Texas do it. Companies like Google use a combination of renewable energy and carbon offsets to achieve the same result. Now an entire state wants to do the same. Earlier this month Hawaii’s legislature passed a law requiring that by 2045, all electric power consumed in the state come from renewable energy. The bill is now awaiting the signature of Gov. David Ige. >>View Article

Preventing Solar Power's Sunset in North Carolina

May 19 -- Solar energy is an economic boom for North Carolina. Only California installed more solar in 2014, pushing the Tar Heel State to fourth overall in America with 953 megawatts installed capacity – roughly the electricity demand of 90,500 homes. >>View Article

Wind Energy Employs About 6,000 in Iowa, Report Says

April 16 -- Iowa's wind energy industry employed about 6,000 people last year, about 2,000 more than in 2013, a report Wednesday showed.

Iowa's wind energy employment was second only to Texas, which put 17,000 people to work, the American Wind Energy Association reported. Altogether, about 73,000 Americans were employed in the wind industry last year, adding about 23,000 jobs since 2013. >>View Article

Ethanol Debate Should Focus on Fairness

April 16 -- The Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015 was recently introduced in the Senate for the second time this year and the third time in two years. It should be permanently plowed under as a matter of fairness.

The Act concerns the Renewable Fuel Standard, a federal law designed to ensure a minimum amount of biofuel is blended into the nation’s fuel supply. >>View Article

Floridians Should Be Able to Choose Solar Freely

April 16 -- As a free market conservative, I read with interest Marita Noon’s opinion piece in the March 31 Democrat. Ms. Noon, a lobbyist and fossil fuel promoter, is the executive director for Energy Makes America Great, Inc and Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE).

She outlined concerns about solar power, using an example of fraud affecting a few hundred solar panel purchasers out of the “half a million homes and businesses in the U.S. with solar installation.” One could draw the conclusion, after reading her opinion, this was reason enough to discount the solar industry as a whole. >>View Article

Texas' Shortsighted Wind Energy Policy

April 16 -- Texas is a wind energy juggernaut. So why would any lawmaker be so shortsighted as to kill a forward-looking state energy policy that has made Texas the nation’s wind energy epicenter?

Yet, state Sen. Troy Fraser R-Horseshoe Bay, the lawmaker behind SB 931, is doing just that. The bill, now on its way to the House, would repeal the state’s Renewable Portfolio standard that requires utilities to produce increasing portions of their power from renewable energy sources such as the sun and the wind. >>View Article


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