Wind PTC Phaseout - Politicians' Amnesia Beginning to Set In

“As part of our commitment to dealing with the realities of climate, it’s one of our priorities,” Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Finance Committee, told E&E News yesterday. “So, yes, we are looking at the renewable credits, their expiration dates, whether we can make them longer and more effective.”....................

Lawmakers extended the renewable credits, known as the wind production tax credit (PTC) and the solar investment tax credit (ITC), at the end of 2015 as part of a broader deal that ended the decadeslong crude oil export ban.

That deal called for a five-year extension, with a phaseout of their worth until they sunset. As it currently stands, the wind incentive will taper out by the end of 2019, while the solar credit will slope down by 2022.

Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) was caught off guard when informed of Cardin’s remarks yesterday.

“I don’t think I could in good conscience join that effort, not because I changed my mind on wind energy, but we’ve pleaded with so many opponents, ‘Just let us phase it out. And we can do it in five years,’” Grassley told E&E News. “And we made that decision in 2015. I think it would be wrong for me to go back on my word.”......................

“The wind industry agreed to an orderly phaseout of the production tax credit, which has created a record number of American wind power jobs and kept U.S. factories open,” said Bree Raum, AWEA’s vice president of federal affairs.

“We aren’t actively asking for an extension to our PTC and favor federal energy policies that would help renovate and modernize our aging power transmission lines, and allow all technologies to compete to provide carbon emissions reductions at the lowest cost to consumers,” she added.

https://www.wind-watch.org/news/2019/03/01/democrats-eye-extensions...

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Comment by John F. Hussey on March 1, 2019 at 5:11pm

LET THE PTC EXPIRE and the "bird blenders" will DIE!  :)

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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