In the Pipeline: 4/16/13

Let me explain how this works. Washington Gas agrees to buy wind power in an amount equal to the amount Union Station uses each year. They charge ratepayers more. The generators get a federal subsidy (about 1/4 of the total price) from taxpayers and get to generate power even when no one wants it. States […]

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In the Pipeline: 3/8/2013

It’s hard to believe how fast they grow up. One minute you’re dropping your subsidies off for their first day of kindergarten, and before you know it they’re taking victory laps in college. Politico (3/7/13) reports: “Just months after the wind power production tax credit won a last-minute renewal by Congress, opponents of the subsidy are circling […]

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In the Pipeline: 3/6/13

Nooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!   The wind crew is bitterly clinging to its tax credits. They probably don’t have religion or guns. Politico (3/5/13) reports: “Two months after Congress rescued it, the wind industry’s crucial tax credit is back on the countdown to extinction. The fiscal cliff deal revived the wind-production tax credit on New Year’s Day just hours after it […]

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In the Pipeline: 1/16/13

Wind production tax credit: $12.1 billion. Renewable diesel fuel tax credit: $2.2 billon. Algae mandate: $59 million. Elbow-rubbing with Ed Markey: Priceless. Groupon (expires 1/20/13) reports: “For $1,300, you get one VIP ticket for entry at 7 p.m. (a $1,950 value)… On the eve of the presidential inauguration, the 2013 Green Inaugural Ball corrals political leaders in […]

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In the Pipeline: 1/15/13

Could it be that investors have figured that now that the free money is coming to an end, it is time to leave the party? Bloomberg(1/14/13) reports: “Clean energy investment slid 11 percent last year after governments in industrial nations slashed subsidies for technologies ranging from wind turbines to solar power and biomass. The $268.7 billion […]

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In the Pipeline: 1/4/13

Why has Gov. Cuomo been sitting on a state report that shows that hydraulic fracturing is safe? What does he have against job creation and economic growth in upstate New York? NYTimes(1/3/13) reports: “The state’s Health Department found in an analysis it prepared early last year that the much-debated drilling technology known as hydrofracking could be […]

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In the Pipeline: 12/21/12

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas.  This runs contrary to the spirit of Christmas, but it looks like we have no hope. Energy Guardian (12/21/12) reports: “The Obama administration’s plan to spend $510 million on refineries to make drop-in biofuels for its Great Green Fleet advanced after House passage Thursday of a $633 million 2013 defense […]

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