Subsidies

Virginia Legislators Look to Tax Breaks and Barrier-Busting to Boost Renewable Energy

February 5, 2016 by Ivy Main

Virginia Energy Legislation

The orchestrated mayhem of the Virginia General Assembly session is well underway. Weeks have passed and not much time remains until what’s known as “Crossover,” after which any bill that hasn’t passed its own chamber is effectively dead.[read more]

Does Electricity Deregulation Hurt Renewable Energy Policy?

February 4, 2016 by Johannes Urpelainen
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Renewables Policy and Deregulation

 

Over the past three decades, the governance of electricity generation has undergone a number of important reforms. In many countries, governments have moved away from the traditional state monopoly of generation, transmission, and distribution of power.[read more]

Sensible Subsidies

February 4, 2016 by Energy @ MIT

Designing Useful Subsidies

Governments often offer subsidies to consumers for clean-technology products, from home solar panels to electric vehicles. But what are the right levels of subsidy? Governments can easily make subsidies too low when they ignore a basic problem: Consumer demand for these products is usually highly uncertain.[read more]

How the National Solar Lobby Successfully Passed the Investment Tax Credit

January 5, 2016 by Stephen Lacey

Lobbying and Subsidies

The 30 percent Investment Tax Credit (ITC), passed as part of the stimulus bill in 2009, wasn't set to expire for another three years. But even with the price of solar systems down 50% since 2010 and installations hitting record numbers, companies worried about a collapse of demand and a wave of job losses in 2017.[read more]

Virginia Loves Nuclear But Hates Uranium. Why?

January 4, 2016 by Rod Adams
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Virginia may be the only state in the United States with an actual law that is designed to create a public-private partnership structure whose mission is to strengthen, promote, and support the development of its nuclear energy and technology industries.[read more]

U.S. Wind Capacity Tops 70 Gigawatts

December 29, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Wind Energy Expansion

More than 70 gigawatts of wind power is installed around the U.S., according to new figures from the American Wind Energy Association. The milestone was hit in November. It took three years to get from 60 gigawatts to 70 gigawatts due to the temporary expiration of the Production Tax Credit in 2013.[read more]

Virginia Wind and Solar Companies sSay Tax Credit Extensions Cue Up a Happy New Year

December 24, 2015 by Ivy Main

Virginia and Renewable Tax Credits

Congress included a welcome gift to the wind and solar industries in last week’s package of goodies that made up the year-end spending bill. For the wind industry, the renewal of the expired production tax credit (PTC) with a five-year phase-out finally ends the guessing game.[read more]

A Grand Compromise on Energy?

December 17, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles
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The idea of a Congressional "grand compromise" on energy has been debated for years. A decade ago, such an agreement might have opened up access for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, in exchange for "cap and trade" or some other comprehensive national greenhouse gas emissions policy.[read more]

Extension of Clean Energy Tax Incentives is a Major Bright Spot in the New Spending Bill

December 17, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Congress and Tax Credits

The White House and congressional negotiators agreed on a sweeping package of energy policies that will be attached to the "must-pass" omnibus spending bill. A major bright spot in this package - as bright as the sun, one could argue--is the proposed extension of the incentives for wind and solar power.[read more]

Why Renewable Energies are Causing an Increase of Coal Power in Germany

November 30, 2015 by Mika Reichel
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Coal and Germany

Opinions differ about the German energy transition. As always with energy, it is important to look at the actual facts and statistics while paying attention to the details; such as the difference between electricity production (GWh and installed capacity (GW).[read more]

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Solar Air-Conditioning: The Next Big Step for Solar Energy

November 16, 2015 by Mika Reichel
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Air-Conditioning has become an essential part of modern society as it enables a productive and comfortable life style in hot and humid climates. The amount of installed AC systems is expected to dramatically increase in the coming decades, largely driven by economic growth in developing countries.[read more]

Changing Winds on Ways and Means: PTC Future Uncertain

November 12, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Whoever ends up chairing the Ways and Means committee will have an opportunity to take action on these important credits that bring huge benefits per dollar spent - let's hope they embrace that opportunity to support America's clean energy future.[read more]

Historic Opportunity to Reduce Global Fuel Subsidies

November 11, 2015 by Lucas Davis

Global Fuel Subsidies

Low crude oil prices are making the impossible possible. Back in August, the UAE rolled back gasoline and diesel subsidies, leading prices to increase by 25%. UAE’s energy minister, Suhail Al-Mazrouei, said the change was about “building a strong economy that is not dependent on government subsidies.”[read more]

Surviving the Debate over Renewable Energy Tax Credits

October 13, 2015 by Dan Liggett

Renewables and Tax Credits

While politicians continue to debate the Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit, renewable energy companies can turn to equipment and technology improvements to keep costs down.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: All You Need to Know for September and October 2015 [VIDEO]

September 30, 2015 by David Thual

Energy News and Information

In this latest Brussels Briefing on Energy for viEUws, Hughes Belin provides an overview of the latest European Union energy policy developments, including the new provisional Winter Package, the State of the Energy Union, the Heating & Cooling strategy and the EU Commission's update on the SET-plan.[read more]