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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

    License to Kill: Unintended Consequences of Picking Winners in Energy

    The Department of Interior (DOI) on Monday published a final rule extending the time period energy companies can be permitted to kill, injure, or otherwise disturb eagles for up to 30 years. The rule has been in the works since 2012 and is an expansion of a similar 2009 rule … 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

    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

    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

    Time to Remove the Taxpayer Trough from Wind Producers

    The meal provided by the taxpayer is over. When pigs finish eating the slop that a farmer put in the trough, they’ll hang around the trough waiting for more food, but the farmer doesn’t cave. That meal is over, and the farmer promised no more food than what he put … More

    Installing Windmills Doesn't Make the Wind Blow

    A tweet from the Department of Energy (DOE) gives a link to a DOE webpage highlighting a graph from, and giving a link to, a study by the American Wind Energy Association. Skipping the question of how appropriate it is for the DOE to flack for an advocacy organization, we … More