Guest Column: A two-week wind energy production tax credit
Two weeks is all the wind energy industry had in 2014 to start construction on new wind projects and qualify for the production tax credit (PTC), a key component to wind energy’s growth over recent years. While there was much joy that Congress included the PTC in its tax package, two weeks is barely enough time to buy holiday gifts for loved ones, let alone enough time for an energy development business to make plans and long-term investment decisions. Yet two weeks was enough time for Montanans to break ground on what promises to be Montana’s largest wind farm located near Bridger, in Carbon County.
Washington Governor Inslee Demonstrates Additional Climate Leadership
Today, Governor Inslee announced a climate initiative that will help Washington reach its carbon emissions reduction goals and support a clean energy economy. Broadly speaking, the plan places a cap on carbon emissions in a way that generates revenue to fund education, transportation and emissions reductions programs. Renewable Northwest commends Governor Inslee for his leadership on climate and his determination to make renewable energy part of the solution.
Renewable Northwest Supports EPA’s Clean Power Plan
Renewable Northwest applauds the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for acting to regulate carbon pollution from existing power plants under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, through its proposed Clean Power Plan. We strongly support EPA adopting new regulations in a strengthened final form by June 1, 2015.
First BPA customer schedules energy in 15-minute increments
Portland, Ore. -- At 11:04 a.m. on Tuesday, Portland General Electric became the first BPA customer to schedule energy in 15-minute increments. BPA began offering the opportunity to schedule energy in intervals less than 30 minutes for the first time yesterday.