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  1. Solar Power: Renewable energy fund gets critical look

      ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican state lawmakers are considering killing a solar incentive and taking control of an energy fund they say has little oversight. The bill would shift money deposited into a renewable energy account to a general energy fund and end the "Made in Minnesota" solar energy incentive program. GOP lawmakers want more legislative oversight of the state's energy funds and pointed toward the low energy production from the solar incentive at a Monday Ways and Means committee meeting as a sign of the energy program's failure. The bill continues an early trend in the session of Republican lawmakers seeking to rein in spending with tighter legislative control. Still, House Democrats said they see the bill as a shift away from a commitment to alternative energy sources that would result in the loss of almost 500 jobs in the state. Rep. Marion O'Neill of Maple Lake, the author of the bill, said the renewable energy fund has little oversight and questioned why the account is controlled by a private company, Xcel Energy , instead of a state body. Often, the legislature's job is to fix issues that arise from past decisions, she said, calling this bill "a course correction." Rep. Pat Garofalo called the solar incentive program "an embarrassment to the state" and said the legislature should have control of the renewable energy fund. He referenced a review done by the Office of Legislative Auditor suggesting that more oversight of the fund was needed to increase accountability. But Democrat lawmakers opposed the changes to law, citing lowering solar production costs, the loss of jobs in the "Made in Minnesota" program and the abandonment of previous commitments to the development of renewable energy as reasons why they wouldn't support the bill. Rep. Jean Wagenius, a Minneapolis Democrat, said changing the renewable energy fund to a general energy fund breaks a "twenty-year-old agreement" between the state and Xcel Energy to provide alternative energy sources. "By taking away the renewable name, it is a fund without a moral obligation," she said. Groups previously chosen for the "Made in Minnesota" incentive would still get rebates for the rest of their ten year contract under the new bill, which passed through committee Monday and is now awaiting a vote in the House.

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    Wed, 25 Jan 2017

  2. Geothermal Visual: GEA Urges EPA to Include Geothermal in Clean Energy Incentive Program

    As part of the Clean Power Plan, EPA has proposed an early incentive program to reward investments in renewable energy generation. The proposal, however, only includes some renewable technologies and while wind and solar are included, geothermal is not.

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    Fri, 20 Nov 2015

  3. Italy introduces new renewable energy incentive scheme

    The Italian government has approved legislation for a new renewable energy incentive scheme that will see subsidy cuts for solar power.

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    Mon, 16 Apr 2012

  4. Idaho lawmakers review solar energy incentive proposal

    Officials with Idaho's solar energy industry say they want to pay taxes on the energy they produce, not property taxes — a system that already applies to other renewable energy developers.

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    Tue, 1 Dec 2015

  1. Kansas Senate panel considers cutting green energy incentive

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    Tue, 17 Mar 2015

  2. Tennessee Valley Authority resumes renewable energy incentive project

    The Tennessee Valley Authority announced that it is resuming new enrollments in its Generation Partners pilot project for qualifying solar, wind, biomass or hydroelectric projects of up to 200 kilowatts to encourage renewable energy use across the TVA service territory

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    Thu, 24 Jun 2010

  3. Italy plans more renewable energy incentive cuts

    Italy's government is preparing new cuts in production incentives for renewable energy, which would hit green power producers hard and may jeopardise efforts to reach its 2020 clean energy targets, according to renewable energy groups.

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    Mon, 23 Jan 2012

  4. House GOP leaders grill EPA on Clean Power Plan authority

    Leaders say EPA proceeding with Clean Power Plan sub-parts during court stay

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    Mon, 16 May 2016

  5. Op-Ed: Clean Power Plan should give more than a nod to natural gas R&D

    The greatest enemy to our clean energy future might not be Big Oil but wishful thinking based on old paradigms.

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    Wed, 13 Jul 2016

  6. House GOP Leaders Quiz EPA on "Shadow" Clean Power Plan Initiatives

    House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy, R-Pa., sent a May 13 letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy regarding EPA actions on the Clean Power ...

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    Mon, 16 May 2016

  7. Nebraska lawmaker seeks grants to promote solar power

    These grants could be used to motivate not-for-profit entities, like cities, to develop solar projects or for utility providers to support solar  energy   incentive programs.

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    Mon, 25 Jan 2016

  8. White House fact sheet on finalized Clean Power Plan

    The final Clean Power Plan sets standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent  

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    Mon, 3 Aug 2015

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