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Green Energy News for 01-01-2013

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US Firms Race Fiscal Cliff To Install Wind Turbines View Articles
Hugh Pickens writes writes "BBC reports that US energy companies are racing to install wind turbines before a federal tax credit expires at the end of this year which could be lost as congress struggles with new legislation to avoid the `fiscal cliff.` `There`s a lot of rushing right now to get projects completed by the end of the year,` says Rob Gramlich, senior vice president at the American Wind Energy Association. `There`s a good chance we could get this extension, it is very hard to predict, but the industry is not making bets on the Congress getting it done,` Even if there is an extension there is likely to be a significant curtailment of wind installations in 2013. From 1999 to 2004, Congress allowed the wind energy production tax credit (PTC) to expire three times, each time retroactively extending it several months after the expiration deadline had passed but wind energy companies say they need longer time frames to negotiate deals to sell the power they generate. `Even if the tax credit is extended, our new construction plans likely will be ramped back substantially in 2013 compared with the last few years,` says Paul Copleman. `So much time has passed without certainty that a normal one-year extension would not be a game-changer for our 2013 build plans.`" Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Utilities Rush to Complete Turbines as Wind Energy Tax Incentive Expires at Midnight View Articles
United States energy companies are clamoring to install last minute wind turbines before the federal tax credit incentive expires at the stroke of midnight tonight.
Renewable Energy Winning Mind Share If Not Market Share View Articles
Renewable energy has not yet won the battle for market share over fossil fuels but it appears to be doing well when it comes to mind share, according to a survey by Dow Jones` Factiva service.
Tsunami-hit city aims to be reborn View Articles
In a coastal city flattened by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, a project is under way to rebuild the area as a self-sustaining community that will be in harmony with nature by making use of Danish knowhow on renewable energy.
Jerry Brown readjusts his stand on the environment vs. business View Articles
The man who helped usher in the modern environmental movement has eased up on regulations, saying it`s necessary for the state`s economy. Not everyone agrees.SACRAMENTO — When Gov. Jerry Brown spoke to a crowd of beaming environmentalists and renewable energy advocates at the launch of a solar farm last year, he turned heads by praising another form of fuel: oil.
NM agency tallies renewable energy tax credits View Articles
New Mexico officials say they reviewed and processed thousands of requests last year for tax credits and other funding aimed at boosting renewable energy development in the state.
Weiss steps down from leadership role at SEI View Articles
Johnny Weiss, a visionary for solar energy technology, is taking that long, metaphorical walk into the setting sun after a 40-year career spreading the solar gospel.
The Solar Energy Outlook for 2013 View Articles
With 2013 poised to pounce, now’s the time for all forward thinking solar proponents to peer into that proverbial crystal ball to see what the new year holds in store. What will 2013 look like for global solar initiatives? How will this impact the creation of jobs? Here’s what some of the experts have to say about the outlook for the coming year.
Renewable Energy Review: United Kingdom View Articles
Developers, manufacturers, investors and other renewable energy industry stakeholders need to know where the next big market is going to be so that they can adjust their business decisions accordingly.
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