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Project Roundup: Slew of Wind Projects Go Online

Project Roundup: Slew of Wind Projects Go Online

With developers having made their final end-of-year push through the last day of December, the January ritual of announcements concerning new projects entering commercial operation and new PPAs kicking in continued this week.
Five-Ring Circus on Capitol Hill

Five-Ring Circus on Capitol Hill

Now that the President's healthcare bill has passed (in what turned out to be a cliffhanger of a vote) and as mid-term elections approach, Democrats have begun a courting ritual of sorts in order to enlist Republican support for a climate bill.
Spinning Google Hope as Failure

Spinning Google Hope as Failure

The cupidity of mainstream reporting never ceases to amaze me. Most especially damning is their ritual acceptance of the oil industry’s frame, which is they are the only solution, and that renewable energy is a pipe dream, because if it weren’t they’d be investing in it. So here it is again, in Reuters’ reporting that Google sees renewables as a […]
MidAmerican, Siemens Secure 1 GW Turbine Pact for Iowa Wind Farms

MidAmerican, Siemens Secure 1 GW Turbine Pact for Iowa Wind Farms

We're just days away from the end of calendar 2013, which means a number of annual rituals: holiday parties, lists of top-everything-whatever -- and angst over the expiring production tax credit (PTC) that has been key to the U.S. wind industry's growth.
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the PTC

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the PTC

Nothing says “December in D.C.” like the mad dash to haggle over end-of-year tax extenders – and the energy sectors is no exception. Since this ritual opens the door to plenty of misinformation and special interest lobbying from renewable energy opponents, this post will help hammer out the facts.
As Solar Pushes for U.S. Tax Break, One CEO Says Don’t Bother

As Solar Pushes for U.S. Tax Break, One CEO Says Don’t Bother

Congress is debating whether to renew an investment tax credit that for nine years has helped put solar panels on rooftops across the country.
Oil Spill Contained, Energy Policy Dies, Status Quo Blissfully Restored

Oil Spill Contained, Energy Policy Dies, Status Quo Blissfully Restored

As the vein of black gold enriching the Gulf of Mexico finally, or temporarily, dwindles to a trickle, what passes for public debate on American television descends all too predictably into screeching about 'blame.' Everyone knows all good movies need a villain and despite a few quiet voices not-so-helpfully reminding us that accidents happen and we should remain stoic in the throes of fate, Americans crave the simplicity and uncomplicated drama of the white hat/black hat narrative.
Republicans Split Over Renewing Alternative-Energy Tax Breaks

Republicans Split Over Renewing Alternative-Energy Tax Breaks

House and Senate Republican leaders are at odds over whether to renew expiring alternative-energy tax breaks during Congress’s lame-duck session after the Nov. 8 election.
‘Look, Ma, No Fuel!’ … Fire-free Cooking with Solar

‘Look, Ma, No Fuel!’ … Fire-free Cooking with Solar

The cooking supply chain is being disrupted. Bounty from the sky, delivered free to the roof, drives the new cooking economy, and not the laboriously drilled, mined, transported, stored, and distributed fuel from the ground, say, kerosene or natural gas, let alone charcoal, firewood or biomass of any kind.
Flytings of Fancy: A Call for a Balanced National Biomass Resource Plan

Flytings of Fancy: A Call for a Balanced National Biomass Resource Plan

The battle between the biomass energy and power industry and members of the environmental community continues to rage in Washington. The catalyst of the conflagration is on-going consideration of the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2016 (S. 2012).