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  1. Feds ordered to pay Alta Wind more than $206 million

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has ordered that the U.S. government should pay Alta Wind more than $206 million in a case brought in connection with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The Federal Claims Court opinion was publicly released Oct. 31. Plaintiffs are the owners of six wind power facilities in the Alta Wind Energy Center near Los Angeles, California. Alta Wind filed suit in June 2013, alleging that the federal government underpaid them by more than $206 million it made a grant to them pursuant to Section 1603 of the Recovery Act. Congress passed the ARRA in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis to stimulate the U.S. economy. As part of this strategy, Section 1603 created a system whereby certain renewable energy facility owners became entitled to cash grants. Section 1603 created a system whereby certain renewable energy facility owners became entitled to cash grants. But owners of “specified energy property” like the plaintiffs became entitled to grants equal to 30 percent of “the basis of such property.” “And therein lies the dispute,” the court said in its opinion. Plaintiffs argue that “basis” means the purchase prices of their wind facilities, minus small allocations for ineligible property such as land and energy transmission lines. The government maintains that “basis really should be calculated from the value of each wind farm’s grant-eligible constituent parts and their respective development and construction costs, citing a myriad of factors that allegedly made the purchase prices an unfair measure of each wind farm’s value,” the court noted. There was a nine-day court trial in the matter during May of this year. The trial featured testimony from nine witnesses for Alta and two for the government. The court excluded testimony from an expert witness proposed by the government. The court concluded that the proposed expert witness had chosen to “conceal articles” that he had written while in academia relating to “Marxist and socialist thought.” “The Government did not identify any other experts on its pretrial list of witnesses, and therefore had no expert testimony to rebut Plaintiffs’ experts,” the court said. “Therefore, the Government’s counterclaims fail for lack of evidence,” the court went on to say. “Therefore, the Government underpaid Plaintiffs when it awarded them Section 1603 grants, and Plaintiffs are entitled to damages in amounts equal to the difference between the grants they received and the grants they were owed,” the court held. The Alta Wind Energy Center is the largest wind center in North America, and possibly in the world, the court noted in its decision. It is located in the wind-rich Tehachapi Region, which is hilly area west of the Mojave Desert about ninety miles north of Los Angeles. Companies have been developing wind power facilities in the Tehachapi region since the early 1980s. By 2009, five percent of all wind power generation in the United States came from the Tehachapi Region, the court said. The Alta Wind projects at the center of this lawsuit were developed in two stages. In the first stage, Oak Creek Energy Systems began the development process and partnered with Allco Wind Energy Management Pty. Ltd. to finance the projects’ development. In the second stage, Terra-Gen Power acquired the projects from Allco, completed developing and constructing them, and sold the finished products to the plaintiffs. The finished product, the Alta Wind Energy Center, is made up of eleven wind farm facilities. Federal Claims Judge Thomas Wheeler set the final award at more than $206.8 million.

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    Wed, 2 Nov 2016

  2. Feds Ordered to Pay Alta Wind More Than $206m

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has ordered that the U.S. government should pay Alta Wind more than $206m in a case brought in connection with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

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    Wed, 2 Nov 2016

  3. DOE's Moniz, DOI's Jewell develop new offshore wind power strategy

    The strategy details the current state of offshore wind power in the United States, presents the actions and innovations needed to reduce deployment costs and timelines 

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    Tue, 13 Sep 2016

  4. Burlington Electric, Siemens partner for Recovery Act smart grid project

    BED and several other Vermont utilities worked together with the state of Vermont to secure Smart Grid Investment Grant funding through the Recovery Act

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    Tue, 20 Mar 2012

  1. DOE formally commits $1B in Recovery Act funding to FutureGen 2.0

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    Wed, 29 Sep 2010

  2. Recovery Act has helped install more than 1,800 electric vehicle charging stations

    Coulomb Technologies, ECOtality, General Motors and others have been moving forward to install the charging stations as part of the administration's investments in U.S. electric vehicle manufacturing and alternative vehicle infrastructure

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    Tue, 17 May 2011

  3. CCS Recovery Act funds

    The U.S. Department of Energy awarded $575 million to fund or expand 22 projects to accelerate carbon capture and storage research and development for industrial sources.

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    Tue, 7 Sep 2010

  4. GSA invests $4BB in Green Recovery Act construction projects nationwide

    The U.S. General Services Administration said that it awarded construction projects to more than 500 companies creating jobs in all 50 states, 2 territories, and the District of Columbia by investing $4 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

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    Wed, 7 Apr 2010

  5. CU-Boulder receives DOE Recovery Act funds for smart grid workforce training program

    The University of Colorado at Boulder was awarded $2.4 million in Recovery Act funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to build a smart grid workforce training program.

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    Mon, 12 Apr 2010

  6. Recovery Act has millions for new energy technology

    Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced $1.2 billion in new science funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for major construction, laboratory infrastructure, and research efforts sponsored across the nation by the DOE Office of Science.

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    Tue, 24 Mar 2009

  7. ChargePoint completes Recovery Act -funded charging station program

    Additionally, the California Energy Commission allocated $3.4 million in funding for the installation of residential and public electric vehicle charging infrastructure within California

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    Tue, 11 Jun 2013

  8. DOE offers unused Recovery Act funds as tax credits for clean energy

    The program supports manufacturing of a range of clean energy products, from renewable energy equipment to energy efficiency products to advanced energy storage and carbon capture technology

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    Wed, 20 Mar 2013

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