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    Politically Connected Company Wins Offshore Wind Lease Despite Setbacks

    A politically connected renewable energy company has received the go-ahead from the Interior Department to produce wind energy off the coast of Delaware, despite doubts that the project in question will actually materialize. Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced Tuesday that it had reached an agreement with NRG Bluewater … More

    FACT CHECK: Salazar Exaggerates Obama's Record on Energy Production

    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar touted President Obama’s record on reducing oil dependence in a speech delivered in Charlotte, NC, this week. Salazar pointed to a decrease in oil imports and an increase in oil production — especially on federal lands — as evidence of the efficacy of Obama’s policies. But, contrary to … More

    Wind PTC Already Phasing Out—for Certain

    The production tax credit (PTC) for wind energy is set to expire at the end of this year, but its supporters are arguing for an everlasting extension using twisted logic. For a while, the argument was that businesses need certainty. The law as it currently stands provides certainty—eligibility for the … More

    Wind PTC: There's No Free Lunch

    Real men wear pink. Real women wear fur. And real market-based policy doesn’t include special interest subsidies. Sadly, lots of legislation fails the real free market test. So it is with one of Washington’s favorite energy sources du jour: energy production tax credits (PTC). Sadly, anti-market policies like the expansion … More

    Obama to Tout Green Energy at Politically Connected Wind Company

    President Obama will make a push for wind energy subsidies on Thursday at the Iowa production facilities of a politically connected wind turbine manufacturer with ties to his administration. The appearance could serve to reinforce perceptions of cronyism in the administration’s “green jobs” push. At the manufacturing facilities of TPI … More

    Interior Looks to Expand Permits for Killing Bald Eagles to Accommodate Wind Energy

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a division of the Interior Department, is considering loosening regulations on the killing of bald eagles, the national bird of the United States, to accommodate the development of wind energy sources. A draft regulation first filed in April would allow businesses to apply for 30-year … More

    In the Green Room: Senator Lamar Alexander on the Wind Energy 'Scam'

    Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is the ranking Republican on the Appropriations subcommittee dealing with environmental issues. He is currently working to end subsidies for wind power, an energy source that he dubs “a scam.” “We don’t have the money” to continue the subsidies, Alexander told Heritage in our latest segment … More

    End—Don’t Extend—the Wind Energy Tax Credit

    The Hill reports that a bipartisan group of Senators is urging lawmakers to extend the wind energy production tax credit, which is scheduled to expire by the end of this year. Congress should let the tax credit expire and offset the resulting tax hike with reductions elsewhere. The wind energy … More

    We Need Wind Subsidies Like We Need VHS Subsidies

    Remember VHS? Imagine this: VHS has been a staple of the American way of watching television and movies. VHS has supported countless manufacturing jobs, and even though there are better products out there, let’s face it: We need a variety of ways to watch our programs. The states and local … More

    Gone with the Wind Subsidies

    The year 2012 marks a monumental yet depressing milestone for the wind energy industry: 20 years of tax credits. The federal renewable energy production tax credit, which allows wind producers to take a 30 percent investment tax credit or receive a 2.2-cents-per-kilowatt-hour production tax credit, has been around since 1992. … More