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    The Two Faces of the Wind Industry

    A new report from the Department of Energy projects slower growth and a “direct and negative” impact on U.S. wind manufacturers if a $22-per-megawatt-hour (after tax) production tax credit (PTC) is not extended. A projected drop in new installation is not surprising. You get more of something when you subsidize … More

    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

    Cloakroom: September 29 – October 5

    House Cloakroom Analysis: On Saturday, the House did its part to take a government shutdown off the table by passing a bill that funded the government while delaying the implementation of Obamacare for one year. This week’s schedule is fluid as the House will wait for the Senate to act … 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

    Top Wind Utility: Wind Subsidy Benefits Industry, Not Consumers

    The biggest wind energy purchaser in the country may sever ties with the industry’s largest trade group in the wake of a bitter fight to sustain subsidies for wind energy producers that, the company says, benefit producers at the expense of utilities and electricity consumers. Xcel Energy, which had the … More

    Corporate Welfare for Energy Companies Should Have Gone Off the Cliff

    The fiscal cliff deal is not only preventing certain politically motivated energy tax policies from falling off the cliff, but it’s also resurrecting ones that have been dead and buried for a year. Lumped into the 157-page fiscal cliff bill are extensions of energy handouts that were originally scheduled to … More

    Why Wind Power Has Low Economic Value

    Michael Goggin, manager of transmission policy at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), posted a second response to my report “Wind Intermittency and the Production Tax Credit: A High Cost Subsidy for Low Value Power.” As before, Goggin does not respond to my analysis, leaving my main point unanswered. In … More

    Vestas Cuts Plant Hours, Puts Colorado Employees On Unemployment

    In an attempt to stave off potential job losses, Vestas Wind Systems reduced hours at two manufacturing plants in Colorado for all hourly staff on Monday, according to The Denver Post. Workers will see their weekly hours drop to 32 from 40, with the balance covered by a “work-share” program … More