Friday, March 16, 2012

Renewable Energy Law News - Week of March 12

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The Senate failed to pass an amendment that would have extended a set of expiring tax credits for wind energy, biofuels, energy efficient homes and other tax breaks.

The wind energy production tax credit and the other tax breaks are set to expire at the end of the year. The amendment, introduced by Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., needed 60 votes to pass in the Senate, but failed by a vote of 49-49 on Tuesday. However, a new bill was introduced Thursday in an attempt to extend the tax credit again.

“I’m disappointed that the wind energy PTC extension did not move forward today,” Bennet said in a statement Tuesday. “I have visited with Colorado companies and met with Colorado workers who stand to suffer a huge economic blow if Congress can’t get its act together and extend this critical tax credit. With thousands of high-quality jobs at stake across our state and the entire country, we need to provide certainty for this industry, so we do not derail its current growth. Standing on its own, this tax credit has bipartisan support, and Colorado companies are counting on us to get it across the finish line. I will continue the fight and look for the next opportunity to extend the wind energy tax credit. We cannot afford to delay. Congress needs to act now before more Americans lose their jobs.”

 Adam Putnam's Renewable-Energy Bill Passes In Florida

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam on Friday morning cheered the House's passage of the energy bill he has been pushing throughout the 2012 session. With the House passing the measure 116-2, it is now on its way to Gov. Rick Scott. Two Republicans voted against the measure, Eric Eisnaugle of Orlando and Marlene O'Toole of The Villages.

“The Florida House of Representatives cast its final vote today in support of advancing Florida’s energy future,” Putnam said. “Florida’s energy bill, which will increase diversity in the state’s energy portfolio, expand energy production and create much-needed jobs for Floridians, is now headed to the governor’s desk for signature.

“With overwhelming support in both chambers, the Legislature is sending a clear message that Florida is focused on its future. We’re putting Florida’s energy policy back on the right track, positioning Florida to secure a stable, reliable and diverse supply of energy,” Putnam added before thanking Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, and Rep. Seth McKeel, R-Lakeland.

New Proposal Would Limit AZ Renewable Energy Rules

PHOENIX (AP) — A bill that would give the Legislature a say over energy rules adopted by the Arizona Corporation Commission is being scaled back.

An amendment proposed for consideration by a Senate committee Wednesday would rewrite the bill approved by the House.

The new version would bar the commission from requiring a utility to meet a renewable energy standard greater than those now in effect.

Glendale Republican Rep. Debbie Lesko recently won House approval of her original bill only after promising fellow representatives to scale it back.

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