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    Absent Tax Credits, the Free Market Works for Wind Energy

    The wind production tax credit (PTC) expired again at the close of 2013, but Congress need not reconsider it. Although new power capacity installations were 92 percent below their 2012 levels, the wind industry still added 1,084 megawatts (MW) to existing production in 2013. American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom … More

    Wasteful Spending Programs at the Department of Energy

    With the next budget battle looming, there will be attempts to undo sequestration, and proponents of a bloated budget will argue that very little if anything should be cut from the budget. But there are several programs within the Department of Energy (DOE) that can be cut or eliminated entirely. … More

    EPA’s New CO2 Regulations: Time for Congress to Step Up

    “Politically, the White House is hesitant to say they’re having a war on coal. On the other hand, a war on coal is exactly what’s needed.” That gem came from outside White House adviser Daniel Schrag when President Obama made his climate change speech in June. This morning, the Environmental … More

    Subsidies and Taxes Complicate the Future of Nuclear Power

    Rising maintenance costs and a sharp decrease in natural gas prices have put the future of some nuclear power plants into question. But other plants face retirement under the burden of specific taxes and anti-competitive green energy subsidies. Mark Cooper, a senior fellow at the Vermont Law School, recently published … More

    Wind Power: Only When the Wind Blows and the Subsidies Flow

    Wind turbines produce power only when the wind is blowing. But perhaps more importantly, wind production builds only when the subsidies are flowing. The wind industry is experiencing slow growth through the first half of the year and blaming uncertainty over a massive subsidy as a reason why. Alex Guillen … More

    The High Cost of Offshore Wind: Is Cape Wind the Next Solyndra?

    Opponents have called it “another Solyndra waiting to happen.” An estimated $2.6 billion offshore wind project near Massachusetts could be awarded a $350 million Department of Energy (DOE) loan guarantee and a 30 percent federal tax credit, according to recent reports. The much beleaguered 468 megawatt, 130 turbine Cape Wind … More

    The Outrageous Statements of Obama's EPA Nominee

    Today the Senate held a confirmation hearing for Gina McCarthy, President Obama’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Heritage has provided its own questions for nominee McCarthy. If confirmed, and if her past statements are indicative of future actions, McCarthy’s tenure at the EPA will continue to lead … More

    U.S. Beating China in Race for Clean Skies

    A cloud of photochemical smog from China drifted into Japan this week. The story highlights the fact that air pollution in China is getting worse—despite lamentations that the “world is passing us by” in clean energy. That quote came from Steven Chu, President Obama’s then-Secretary of Energy, in 2009. Chu … More

    DOE Grant Recipient Fleeces Taxpayers to Benefit Green Investors

    Solar Mosaic, a solar microfinancing outfit that received a $2 million Department of Energy (DOE) grant last summer and exploits a 30 percent federal tax credit, officially launched its crowd-sourced investment platform last week. Acknowledging that the microfinancing (financial services for small projects or businesses) model employed by Solar Mosaic … More

    Obama's To-Do List: Clean Energy Over Taxmaggedon

    During a speech this week, President Obama presented Congress with a 5-point to-do list, which, as the President proudly proclaimed, would fit on a sticky note. When it comes to unleashing the economy and creating jobs, his suggestions are only worthy of a sticky note. It is particularly telling of … More