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Post-Election Day, Tax Extenders Will Be a Bipartisan Opportunity

Americans head to the polls on Tuesday for a midterm election that will determine the makeup of the House and Senate. The Washington Post and others are forecasting that Republicans will strengthen their control of the House and gain a majority of...

Posted November 2, 2014    

Abandoned Solar Energy Project Highlights Pitfalls of Tax Uncertainty

 In the latest evidence of the need for stable federal tax policy, a major solar project in California was abandoned in part due to uncertainty around whether the project would be placed in service in time to qualify for the investment tax...

Posted October 20, 2014    

Federal Energy News: Senate Finance Talks Energy Tax Reform, EPA Extends Comment Period, and No Review for Demand Response Ruling

As Congress returned to session focused on passing a continuing resolution to keep the government funded through December 11, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on energy tax reform, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extended the...

Posted September 22, 2014    

Congress Likely to Punt Major Issues To Lame Duck

Congress will return to Washington on Monday, but expectations for action are low. With the mid-term elections two months away, Congress will be in session for only 12 days in September and October this year. It’s likely most major issues will be...

Posted September 8, 2014    

Finally, Good News Out of Washington: IRS Clarifies Tax Credit; Court Upholds FERC Order

The past couple weeks brought two federal regulatory victories for the advanced energy industry. First, on August 8, the Internal Revenue Service released new guidelines that will make it easier for projects to qualify for the renewable energy...

Posted August 24, 2014    

AEE, Partners, Members Testify on EPA's Clean Power Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held regional hearings on its draft rule for carbon emissions from the electric power system – called the Clean Power Plan – this week, and AEE, our Partners, and our members were well represented. As...

Posted August 5, 2014    

House Spending Bills Come Up Short; FERC Commissioners Finally Confirmed

Over the last week, the U.S. House of Representatives moved two spending bills forward that would be harmful to advanced energy interests. In the Senate, a long confirmation process came to an end with Cheryl LaFleur and Norman Bay confirmed as...

Posted July 19, 2014    

DOE Offers First Offshore Wind Loan Guarantee

The Department of Energy (DOE) made a provisional commitment to a $150 million loan guarantee for the Cape Wind offshore wind power project in Massachusetts. With that pledge, Cape Wind will have raised nearly 60 percent of the estimated $2.5...

Posted July 4, 2014    

Senate Gridlock Continues as Tax Extenders, Shaheen-Portman Fall Short

In the last couple of weeks, the U.S. Senate failed to advance two pieces of legislation the advanced energy industry has been waiting for: a bill to extend tax credits that expired at the close of last year (S.2260) and the energy efficiency bill (...

Posted May 24, 2014