Wind power in the U.S. may yet get a leg up from Congress this year, as the Senate Finance Committee this week passed a bill including language that would renew the wind Production tax credit, due to expire at the end of this year.
While the tax credit faces additional hurdles, Colorado’s U.S. senator Mark Udall and Michael Bennet praised the committee after the vote.
“Passing the wind Production Tax Credit is one of the most important steps Congress can take this year to re-energize our economy, create jobs and pursue true energy security. I am glad to see the Senate Finance Committee agrees,” said Udall, who has been giving almost-daily floor speeches on wind power to draw attention to the issue. Continue reading “Energy: Senate moves on wind power tax credit”→
Ideology a stumbling block as Congress grapples with renewable energy issues
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — America’s surge toward renewable energy could hit a stumbling block with the expiration of the production tax credit at the end of this year, but Colorado Sen. Mark Udall is going to do his best to not let that happen.
Udall announced today that he’ll start each Senate session with a floor speech urging his colleagues to review and renew the tax credit, which has brought thousands of jobs to Colorado and the country and helped grow the nation’s clean energy industry.
Up-front environmental reviews, coordinated state and federal permitting could lead to early construction off the East Coast
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Continuing his deliberate path to developing renewable energy resources on a large scale, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar this week announced a plan to smooth the way for siting, leasing and construction of new offshore wind energy projects. The overall goal is to spur rapid and responsible development of this abundant renewable resource.
The offshore windpower initiative includes steps used to propel permitting of large-scale solar energy projects on public lands in the West, including designation of study areas, upfront environmental reviews and coordination of federal and state permitting processes. Continue reading “Feds to propel offshore wind power development”→