Contributor Article Archive

Oklahoma House Says Yes To Early Phaseout Of Wind Tax Credits

Written by David K. Burton & Binyomin Koff on March 15, 2017

On March 9, Oklahoma’s House of Representatives passed H.B.2298, which would end the state’s production tax credit for wind energy production three-and-a-half years earlier than current law. This measure was first proposed in Gov. Mary Fallin’s 2018 executive budget. The [Read More]

How Would Oklahoma’s Anti-Wind Tax Affect The State’s Industry?

Written by David K. Burton & Binyomin Koff on February 28, 2017

A new tax proposed for existing projects could make wind developers think twice before making big capital investments in the state.

How Wind Energy Can Power Trump’s ‘America First’ Policies

Written by Helmut Herold on February 16, 2017

Nope, it’s not a pipe dream: The rapidly flourishing wind industry could help the new administration fulfill its economic and industrial policies.

How A Penn State Student Landed A Career In The U.S. Wind Biz

Written by David Kubarek on February 07, 2017

It’s as if everything Amanda Berta touches turns to gold. In 2015, the senior majoring in energy engineering in Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) won an NCAA title as part of the Penn State women’s soccer [Read More]

IRS Issues ‘Beginning Of Construction’ Guidance For Wind Developers

Written by Greg Jenner & Kevin Pearson on December 16, 2016

The government agency has released the highly anticipated guidance updating the “beginning of construction” requirement for the production tax credit under Section 45 of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Massive Market For Electricity In East Africa

Written by Rob Gramlich on October 25, 2016

The American Wind Energy Association’s Gramlich spent six weeks in East Africa to study the region’s burgeoning electricity market. What role can wind energy play?

Study: Resource At Cape Wind May Be More Powerful, Turbulent Than Expected

Written by Karen Roberts on August 16, 2016

Although European studies of offshore wind contend that unstable conditions occur only 20% of the time, a new study finds Cape Wind conditions may actually be unstable between 40%-80% of the time.

Watchdog Group: Coast Guard Stonewalled Approvals Of Offshore Wind Development

Written by Evlondo Cooper on August 15, 2016

For the last six months, we at the Checks & Balances Project have attempted to get basic questions answered about the U.S. Coast Guard’s offshore wind energy study and a working group that was tasked with determining how offshore wind [Read More]

Oklahoma Struggles With The Success Of Its Renewables Tax Policy

Written by David Burton & Isaac Maron on July 25, 2016

The state, which provides a zero-emissions tax credit representing about 20% of the federal PTC of $23/MWh, is currently facing a depletion of its general revenue fund.

Positive Wind Industry Dynamics Overcoming Deflated Power Prices

Written by Conor McKenna & Jason Steinberg on July 21, 2016

With growing comfort from long-term capital providers, new off-takers and experienced developers, the wind industry is poised for further expansion despite any short-term challenges.