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Treasury Department offers wind industry coronavirus lifeline with proposed safe harbor extension

The department last week assured Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley they would act “in the near future.” “They’re not going to jerk him around,” a former senior Treasury tax official told Utility Dive.

Source: Treasury Department offers wind industry coronavirus lifeline with proposed safe harbor extension

Bald eagle killed by wind turbine at Wood County site

BOWLING GREEN — As they labored trying to start a broken down truck near the north end of the Wood County Landfill, Ken Vollmar, superintendent of the facility, and one of his employees felt the bite of the winter chill. Their cold hands had their attention as one of the four wind turbines located at the site spun nearby.

But then they heard a loud thump and turned to witness a large bird tumbling to the frozen ground…

Source: Bald eagle killed by wind turbine at Wood County site

Stanford Prof. Can’t Muzzle ‘Planet Of The Humans,’ Must Pay Defendants’ Legal Fees In SLAPP Suit

The effort to censor Planet of the Humans reveals something sinister: the refusal by leading climate activists and academics to have an honest discussion about the limits of renewable energy and the scourge of energy poverty that afflicts billions of people on the planet.

Source: Stanford Prof. Can’t Muzzle ‘Planet Of The Humans,’ Must Pay Defendants’ Legal Fees In SLAPP Suit

Safe Harbor is being used to extend the PTC at 100% pay out.

Safe Harbor is being used to extend the PTC at 100% pay out. This is after they JUST RECEIVED a 1 year extention. Chuck Grassley is at the top of the list of the 6 Senators backing this. Call him and tell him what you think. 515-288-1145

Six U.S. Senators have written a letter addressed to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin seeking to extend the safe harbor provisions provided under existing Treasury Department guidance for both the production tax credit (PTC) and energy investment tax credit (ITC) from four years to five year…

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Six U.S. Senators have written a letter addressed to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin seeking to extend the safe harbor provisions provided under existing Treasury Department guidance for both the production tax credit (PTC) and energy investment tax credit (ITC) from four years to five year…

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Last week when I first wrote you about the importance of watching the Planet of the Humans movie, there were about 10,000 views. It has since gone viral — now with about 3 Million views!
 
(Note: due to the major embarrassment this is causing the environmental movement, there is an intense effort to pull this movie (e.g. here and here.   So far it’s still available online.)
 
As I wrote to a few people, Michael Moore’s film has multiple flaws. For example:

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Wind turbine factories struggle for parts in virus lockdown

Wind turbine makers are finding it increasingly difficult to get parts they need to build their machines, snarling progress on a global shift toward renewables at precisely the time scientists say it needs to speed up.Manufacturers including Vestas Wind Systems and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy are wrestling with their own factory shutdowns and disruptions…

Source: Wind turbine factories struggle for parts in virus lockdown

And So It Begins: World’s 11th-Biggest Economy Pitches Renewable Energy For COVID-19 Recovery | CleanTechnica

The COVID-19 outbreak has provided one last opportunity for fossil fuel stakeholders to beat back the renewable energy revolution. One especially interesting example is the notorious Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline. The once-dormant project suddenly sprang into action last week, while protesters have been sidelined by the virus. That may be so, but the window for fossil fuels is already narrowing and it’s about to slam shut. Key US states are already taking action to accelerate their renewable energy plans, virus or no virus

Source: And So It Begins: World’s 11th-Biggest Economy Pitches Renewable Energy For COVID-19 Recovery | CleanTechnica

MORE WIND CAPACITY EQUALS HIGHER COSTS

Kansas has more industrial wind turbines than any other state. Since 2002, the wind energy component went from 2% to 36% of the net generating capacity for the state. I am using Kansas as the example to since it is the most extreme case in the United States so far, with regard to increasing wind energy capacity, and increasing retail electricity costs.

Just to be clear, generating capacity does not equal actual electrical generation when it comes to wind…

Source: The Academy for Climate & Energy Analysis

Renewable Energy Advocates Decry Lack of Help in Stimulus Bill

The latest version of the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill moving through the U.S. Senate would provide some economic relief to the nation’s households and businesses, but the renewable energy industry is disappointed the bill does not extend investment tax credits and other incentives to keep wind, solar, and other projects moving forward.

Source: Renewable Energy Advocates Decry Lack of Help in Stimulus Bill

Kevin Ledet from Greenwich Neighbors United speaks to the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB)

Too often the local residents have to catch flaws that the wind developer has in their plans via the OPSB’s public comment process only to not hear anything in response. There has to be some sort of mechanism in place that places an emphasis on public inputs and concerns.

Kevin is extremely knowledgeable about these projects and the OPSB’s process which is why we were glad he was at today’s meeting.