NewEnergyNews: PHASE OUT BUT DON’T CUT OFF WIND SUPPORT

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  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-The Best Movies About Climate Change
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Saudis Move Ahead On $30Bil New Energy Buy
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-China Wind Awaits China Demand
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-India Solar Rising
  • THE DAY BEFORE

    THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT THURSDAY, January 19:

  • TTTA Thursday-The Heat Stayed On In 2016
  • TTTA Thursday-Three Ways Solar Will Grow
  • TTTA Thursday-North Carolina Ocean Wind Bidding To Open
  • TTTA Thursday-Plugs Could Change The Future of Cars Completely
  • THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY BEFORE

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: 4 Drivers Of Solar Growth Everybody Needs To Know
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: The Maryland RPS And The National Divide On Clean Energy
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Why California Wants Western Electricity Delivery Organized
  • THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • TODAY’S STUDY: Who In Clean Tech Is Boosting New Energy
  • QUICK NEWS, January 17: New Energy’s Fight Against Climate Change Won’t Be Done; New Energy Jobs Leapt Again Last Year; Nebraska Gets Wind Power Economy Bump
  • AND THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • Weekend Video: A Call To Climate Action From Al Gore
  • Weekend Video: A Closer Look At Wind And Solar
  • Weekend Video: Why Solar Beats Coal
  • THE LAST DAY UP HERE

  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Does Climate Change Make Nuclear A Good Idea?
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Who In The World Is Winning With Solar?
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Wind Powers Scotland Four Straight Days
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Will China Bust Open The Global EV Market?
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  • Another Tipping Point: US Coal Supply Decline So Real Even West Virginia Concurs (REPORT), November 26, 2013
  • SOLAR FOR ME BUT NOT FOR THEE ~ Xcel's Push to Undermine Rooftop Solar, September 20, 2013
  • NEW BILLS AND NEW BIRDS in Colorado's recent session, May 20, 2013
  • Lies, damned lies and politicians (October 8, 2012)
  • Colorado's Elegant Solution to Fracking (April 23, 2012)
  • Shale Gas: From Geologic Bubble to Economic Bubble (March 15, 2012)
  • Taken for granted no more (February 5, 2012)
  • The Republican clown car circus (January 6, 2012)
  • Twenty-Somethings of Colorado With Skin in the Game (November 22, 2011)
  • Occupy, Xcel, and the Mother of All Cliffs (October 31, 2011)
  • Boulder Can Own Its Power With Distributed Generation (June 7, 2011)
  • The Plunging Cost of Renewables and Boulder's Energy Future (April 19, 2011)
  • Paddling Down the River Denial (January 12, 2011)
  • The Fox (News) That Jumped the Shark (December 16, 2010)
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  • WEEKEND VIDEOS, January 21-22:

  • Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Sequel”
  • Al Gore Talks About His “Inconvenient Sequel”
  • 2016 Was Third Record Heat Year In A Row

    Thursday, August 30, 2012

    PHASE OUT BUT DON’T CUT OFF WIND SUPPORT

    Extend Wind-Power Tax Credit Now, So It Can Die Later

    Editorial, August 21, 2012 (Bloomberg News)

    “…[W]ind power has emerged as one of the most clear- cut issues of the political season…Obama wants to renew the technology’s soon-to-expire federal production tax credit. Mitt Romney, his Republican opponent, wants to let the credit lapse…[W]ind energy should receive continued federal support, as Obama says -- especially at a time when the industry’s tens of thousands of jobs are helping the U.S. economy. But wind power should also be expected to make it in the marketplace on its own one day, as Romney would have it.”

    “Onshore wind power has improved to the point where it is now the most competitive of all renewable energy sources except hydropower…[I]t is on a path to reach “grid parity” -- the point where its cost is equal to the baseline price of power on the grid…[By] 2016…wind can be expected to thrive without the tax credit…Renewing the tax credit would at least enable the wind industry to return to growth, adding 54,000 jobs over the next four years…Letting the credit expire, on the other hand, would mean losing 37,000 jobs in the sector…It’s [also] a clean energy source, with a promising economic future as the cost per turbine continues to fall…[and] natural gas prices, now extraordinarily low, rise…

    “If Congress takes the easy route and simply extends the credits for a year or two, it would only perpetuate the wind industry’s boom-and-bust cycle. A smarter solution is to apply the longer-term planning that is critical to good energy policy…Let the wind industry know the production tax credit will eventually die out, but over four years -- so companies are able to plan…”

    “Even smarter would be to ultimately replace the tax credit with market-based support for wind…[like a national] renewable portfolio standard…[or] a “clean energy standard,” requiring large U.S. utilities to derive an increasing share of their energy from cleaner energy sources -- not only renewables such as wind and solar but also natural gas and even coal with carbon capture and storage. No federal expenditure would be required…Politicians in both parties…could do far more for the U.S.’s energy future if they considered longer-lasting ways to help the wind business succeed.”

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