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In Clean Energy, Macro Trends Trump Midterm Political Winds

Clint Wilder | Posted 12.10.2014 | Green
Clint Wilder

Without a doubt, the midterms were not good news for U.S. clean energy and climate action.

Koch Network, Fossil-Fuel Front Groups Lobby Congress Against Wind-Energy Tax Breaks

Gabe Elsner | Posted 08.19.2014 | Green
Gabe Elsner

The Koch-brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity spearheaded a letter claiming that 117 organizations oppose reviving wind-energy tax breaks that expired at the end of 2013. The Energy and Policy Institute discovered that a majority of the groups have ties to the Koch brothers or other fossil-fuel interests.

Electrons Worth Fighting for

Tom Kiernan | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green
Tom Kiernan

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on H.R. 3474, a bill which includes a two-year extension of the renewable energy Production Tax Credit (PTC). This policy allows us to scale up amid nearly 100 years of permanent incentives for other energy sources.

Time for Congress to Act and Save Clean Energy Jobs

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.03.2014 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Today, the US Senate is casting a vote critical to the future of the U.S. wind industry. Wind power has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, and...

Smooth Sailing: Wind Energy Is Breaking World and National Records

Javier Sierra | Posted 03.23.2014 | Green
Javier Sierra

it's simply astonishing that Congress still is to renew the Production Tax Credit (PTC), one of the several tax incentives that invest in job creation in the clean energy industry. Just wind supports 80,000 jobs in the U.S., and 72 percent of the equipment needed to build wind turbines is manufactured in our country.

2014: The Maturation of Clean Tech

Clint Wilder | Posted 03.11.2014 | Green
Clint Wilder

It's easy to point to the losses of VC dollars in clean tech (Tesla and SolarCity's successes notwithstanding) and declare the sector a failure -- and 2014 may bring winning IPOs from Opower, Nest Labs, and others. But that misses the much bigger picture of an industry growing up.

Kate Sheppard

Senators Call For Extension Of Key Energy Tax Credits | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Twenty-four senators are asking the leaders of the Senate Finance Committee to renew a slate of tax credits for renewable energy and eff...

Why Is Google Helping the Kochs Attack Wind Power?

Brad Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Brad Johnson

Several organizations supported by Internet giant Google are calling on Congress to let the wind production tax credit to expire.

The Wind Behind Wind Power: Goodbye, PTC; Hello, Carbon Tax

Mark Reynolds | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mark Reynolds

In the continuing struggle to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are slowly roasting our planet, one of the few bright spots over the years has been the explosive growth of the wind power industry.

5 Reasons Why Obama's Climate Change Moment Mustn't Be Missed

Michael Shank | Posted 06.24.2013 | Green
Michael Shank

This is no time for a small pitch on power plant carbon parameters. We need something big if we are to survive at all. Now let's hope he understands that and does something real to address it.

Wind to Lead Phase-Out of Energy Subsidies?

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 06.10.2013 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

What galls Energy Policy Expert Fred Hewitt is that energy subsidies have been a fixture of American policy since the dawn of the fossil fuel era, and yet lawmakers refuse to make subsides for wind anywhere near permanent.

Within Grasp: Exciting New Energy Future

Sarah A. Webster | Posted 03.25.2013 | Business
Sarah A. Webster

On Nov. 12, the world took notice when The International Energy Agency released its annual World Energy Outlook, which captured headlines worldwide with its prediction that by 2020 the U.S. would overtake Saudi Arabia as the largest global oil producer.

Clean Tech and the Big Turnaround

Ron Pernick | Posted 03.19.2013 | Green
Ron Pernick

Just when you thought climate as a driver was dead, Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Eastern Seaboard, and statistics confirmed the hottest year on record in the U.S. But it's less the strange weather, and more the devastation left in its path, that's the big deal here.

Congress Must Renew the Production Tax Credit

Phyllis Cuttino | Posted 03.12.2013 | Green
Phyllis Cuttino

The question of whether to invest in innovation in the laboratory or to deploy new technologies in the field is too narrowly drawn and presents a false choice. We should do both.

Fiscal Cliff Compromise a Win for the Wind Energy Sector

Gene Karpinski | Posted 03.06.2013 | Green
Gene Karpinski

The last-minute deal to delay the fiscal cliff included good news for our nation's wind energy sector. The bipartisan compromise extended tax credits that encourage the production of clean domestic energy.

Boom Turns To Bust For Wind Industry

The Huffington Post | Lucia Graves | Posted 01.08.2013 | Business

Wind developers around the country are racing to get their wind farms tested and running before the federal wind production tax credit expires Tuesday...

Don't Let Wind Power Fall Off the Fiscal Cliff

Margie Alt | Posted 02.16.2013 | Green
Margie Alt

Encouraging American wind energy should be a no-brainer for anyone who values a clean environment. But in a mere 14 days, these urgently needed incentives and the benefits they bring could expire once again.

Lucia Graves

Fiscal Cliff Uncertainty Already Hurting Workers | Lucia Graves | Posted 12.08.2012 | Business

Andrew Sipres spent much of the fall waiting to hear if he'd been let go. The Vestas plant in Brighton, Colo., where he worked manufacturing blades fo...

Fiscal Cliff Threatens Environmental Protections That Voters Supported

Frances Beinecke | Posted 01.14.2013 | Green
Frances Beinecke

If Congress fails to reach an agreement, automatic, across-the-board spending cuts would kick in, making it much harder for the government to deliver the health and environmental protections people value. We would feel these punishing cuts in our daily lives.

The Environment, the Election, Money and the Koch Brothers

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 12.31.2012 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

The efforts to stymie the president in his agenda to improve our health standards through EPA regulations have been spearheaded by monied influences-not only in the presidential race -- but down the ticket as well.

Amid Uncertainty, Clean Energy Investment Slows

Posted 10.14.2012 | Green

From Earth Techling's Pete Danko: The wheels haven’t come off, but global investment in clean energy, after racing ahead ever faster for several ...

Name That Representative! Republican Study Committee Meets With ALEC

Gabe Elsner | Posted 12.01.2012 | Green
Gabe Elsner

If we can identify which members of Congress attended certain meetings, we can ask them about their interest in cutting wasteful fossil fuel subsidies first, given they are far larger than the cost of policies that support the growth of new clean energy sources.

Congress Must Act on Clean Energy

Phyllis Cuttino | Posted 10.24.2012 | Green
Phyllis Cuttino

Policy matters. Nations that have strong policy commitments to clean energy already reap the economic rewards. If the United States is to effectively compete in the global clean energy race, Congress should extend the production tax credit.

What Critics of Wind Power's Incentive Miss

Denise Bode | Posted 10.22.2012 | Green
Denise Bode

As the prospect of Congress extending wind energy's primary incentive, the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC), has grown in recent weeks, so have both support and criticism.

Matt Sledge

Loss Of Tax Credit Could Be Blow To Wind Industry | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.24.2012 | Green

While the presidential race is rife with chatter about "the next Solyndra" and jokes about windmills on the back of cars, the clean energy industry ha...