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I was speaking with a friend the other day when she asked, “What’s going on with renewable energy tax extenders this year? Are the PTC and ITC going to be extended?” As we know, the Production Tax Credit (PTC) expired at the end of 2014 and the 30 percent Investment Tax Credit (ITC) will expire at the end of 2016. That’s in addition to a dozen other energy credits affecting biofuels, electric vehicles, and energy efficiency that have also expired.

Oct. 15 --  U.S. Geothermal now has its 22-megawatt power plant near Vale, Ore., online, sending electricity produced from Neal Hot Springs into Idaho Power’s grid.  >>View Article 

April 11 -- A nearly unanimous House voted Wednesday to lift barriers to the development of hydropower around the country, something that the bill's supporters say would help develop cheap, clean energy and create jobs. >>View Article 

March 26 -- President Barack Obama recently paid a visit to the Argonne National Laboratory where he strongly voiced concerns about the national security threat Americans face from dependence on oil as a single source of fuel. As an Army veteran now working to develop advanced-energy technologies, I was proud to be there, too, standing next to a president who listens to the advice of military and national security leaders — and offers solutions to tackle our nation’s toughest energy challenges. >>View Article

November 12 -- GCube, the leading provider of underwriting services for renewable energy projects, has launched an insurance solution to cover losses incurred by wind energy developers or contractors in the event of the cancellation of the Production Tax Credit (PTC).  A key Presidential election issue, the potential non-renewal of the PTC for wind energy projects has caused the US wind energy industry to see a substantial slowdown in equipment orders and new projects slated for 2013. With investors increasingly nervous, project capital for new developments has become progressively harder to secure. GCube’s latest offering is designed to bolster market confidence for the remaining projects currently under development. >>View Article 

November 8 -- Once this pesky presidential election gets behind us, politicians will again talk about renewable energy and climate change, predicts the founder and president of Oakland-based Sungevity, Danny Kennedy.  "The consumer market will force them to," he predicts, because for the past two years, consumers have been turning to solar power in droves, with rooftop installations up 426 percent industry wide since 2010.  Moreover, Hurricane Sandy has made clear that the harm to the planet from burning fossil fuels will soon be an intolerable trade off. >>View Article 

November 1 -- Duke Energy, the nation's largest electric utility, today deployed 1,000 additional workers to help other utilities in eight states restore power to more than 6 million homes and businesses in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. >>View Article 

October 24 -- SolarCity Corp. said it is planning a 7.4-megawatt solar power project that will bring renewable energy to 26 Los Angeles Unified School District schools.  The project will allow the school district to save more than $776,000 in the first year and more than $25 million over the next 20 years, San Mateo-based SolarCity said. >>View Article

September 21 -- Arvada, Colorado - September 19, 2012: SkyFuel, Inc. was honored with the 2012 Technology Award at the annual Solar PACES conference, held this year in Marrakech. The award was made for the development of ReflecTech®PLUS - a high reflectance, durable, silvered polymer film designed to reduce the lifecycle cost of parabolic trough solar fields. ReflecTech®PLUS is the first reflective film that has proven to be durable outdoors for more than 30 years and incorporates an abrasion resistant coating. The film was developed by ReflecTech, Inc. in collaboration with the U.S. National Renewable Energy Lab. >>View Article

September 12 -- Juhl Wind, Inc. (OTCBB: JUHL), the Leader in Community Wind Power is pleased to announce today that they are partnering with the Minnesota Vikings professional football team to provide renewable energy credits ("RECs"), generated by one of their operating wind energy facilities, to offset the electricity used at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome for all Vikings' home games during the 2012-2013 season.  >>View Article

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