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LINKS: Obama Gears Up For Carbon Tax Fight

A new regular feature on the Bail, John provides a weekly update on corruption, graft and waste in the green energy sector.


US Gears Up For Carbon Tax Fight

A major battle will erupt in 2013 over whether the US should implement a national carbon tax, observers are warning.  “It’s unlikely to happen in the next few weeks, when the fiscal cliff needs to be dealt with,” Caperton said. “But they’re definitely going to work on it and people are going to be talking about it.” 

Congress should direct the Department of Energy to determine the carbon price that will put the US on a path toward necessary greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution reductions, using $25 per tonne as a starting point for their analysis, he said. 

The tax should be phased in on a pre-determined schedule along the lines of 25% of the target price in year one, 50% in year two, and 100% in year three, meaning a carbon price of $6.25/t in the first year, $12.50/t in the second year, and the full $25/t in the third year.

Why It's The End Of The Line For Wind Power - Forbes

Obama Administration Still Supports Wind Power Projects

The Obama administration wants the U.S. offshore wind industry to flourish. As it reposes hope in renewable sources of energy, it decided to award $28 million in grants to seven projects. Those projects are aimed at developing different kinds of power-generation technologies.

Obama's Grants

As the Obama administration believes in the beneficial use of renewable energy, the Department of Energy announced that it would grant as much as $168 million in the next several years. Grants are expected to help companies develop and build first offshore wind farms in the U.S. To date, nine wind farms are at the advance level of development and as many as 24 are at the initial levels of development.

What is interesting is that the Obama administration supports new projects and introduces policies aimed at generating approximately 80 percent of the US electricity out of renewable source of energy by 2035. The administration believes that the US has a great potential for renewable energy as it possesses "untapped clean energy sources." Therefore, several decisions were made to support the development of new clean energy technologies. In addition, the Obama administration makes moves aimed at accelerating and facilitating leasing for offshore wind projects.

Wind proponents prepare for fiscal cliff deal without extension 

An energy security group told The Hill on Friday that it does not expect the one-year wind credit extension it has supported to make it into a “fiscal cliff” deal.  The 2.2-cent per kilowatt-hour credit for wind power production expires Dec. 31.

UPDATE: Wind Companies Get Fiscal Cliff Bailout

Wind energy advocates have lobbied hard to prevent the production tax credit from expiring Dec. 31. The number of new wind projects has dropped sharply when the credit has been allowed to lapse in the past, which last occurred in 2004.

Kerry to face climate test at State Dept

President Barack Obama nominated Kerry on Friday for Hillary Clinton's job and the senator is expected to win swift Senate confirmation.  Kerry has been a dedicated, long-time campaigner for action on climate change. In 1992 he attended the first Rio Summit on climate, which formed the framework of U.N. climate talks. In 2010, he and Senator Joe Lieberman authored a sweeping climate bill that ultimately failed.

More on this story here and here.

Clinton lays out goal of integrated power grid in the Americas

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a major energy address Oct. 18 at Georgetown University in Washington, said: “Earlier this year, at the Summit of the Americas, Colombia launched a new initiative it is leading with the United States called Connecting the Americas 2022.

Modernization of Electricity Grids

To support a successful implementation of the European Grid Declaration, signed by a coalition of Europe’s 29 largest environmental NGOs and grid operators in 2011, the Renewables-Grid-Initiative (RGI) launches the European Grid Report. The report publishes over 80 selected practical experiences by different RGI members across Europe. Today at the 2nd European Grid Conference in Brussels, jointly organised by RGI and Smart Energy for Europe Platform (SEFEP), the report and the extended European Grid Declaration on Transparency and Public Participation were presented to European Commissioner for Energy Günther H. Oettinger and to European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik.  


In order to boost Germany’s ‘ecological wonder’ and its green energy transition, the Federal Republic has used power grids of neighbouring countries – without asking for permission. For this short-sighted policy, the German government is now being punished.

Germany considers itself the environmental conscience of the world: with its nuclear phase-out and its green energy transition, the federal government wanted to give the world a model to follow. However, blinded by its own halo Germany overlooked that others have to pay for this green image boost and are suffering as a result.

For example, Germany’s ‘eco-miracle’ simply used the power grids of neighboring countries not only without asking for permission but also without paying for it. Now Poland and the Czech Republic have pulled the plug and are building a huge switch-off at their borders to block the uninvited import of green energy from Germany which is destabalising their grids and is thus risking blackouts.

Iberdrola Sells Wind Farms to GE

Chairman Ignacio Sanchez Galan said in a Dec. 2 interview he was negotiating sales of French, German and Polish wind farms, and has now announced deals in Germany and France. The latest sale means Iberdrola has divested about 850 million euros of assets in 2012 as part of a plan to sell 2 billion euros worth by the end of 2014 to strengthen its balance sheet. The French unit that Iberdrola is selling directly or indirectly owns 32 wind farms, with a total of 321.4 megawatts of capacity, according to the filing.

Edward Markey to run for Kerry's Senate seat in special election

New Hawaii Senator Says Climate Change Most Urgent Challenge

Hawaii Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz (D), who was yesterday named to fill the Senate seat vacated by the death of Sen. Daniel Inouye (D), wants to tackle an issue that has largely disappeared from Washington’s political agenda in recent years: climate change.  Speaking briefly after being named to the seat by Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D), Schatz voiced his concern over the threat climate change poses to the world if nothing is done:

“For me, personally, I believe global climate change is real and it is the most urgent challenge of our generation,” Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz (D), whom Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) tapped for the seat, said in brief comments Wednesday.

EPA Chief Stepping Down

Environmental Protection Agency Administration Lisa Jackson says she's stepping down after nearly four years on the job.

Accusations fly as First Wind fights Clipper for refund

First Wind said it paid the money for a batch of Clipper's 2.5MW Liberty turbines, which were never delivered. It also said Clipper has effectively stopped manufacturing the turbines. As of mid-December 2012, the Iowa suit was still ongoing, while a similar action in California was withdrawn on 5 November by First Wind for reasons that are not clear.

First Wind, a former major customer of Clipper, has been trying to freeze $59.5 million of Clipper's assets in three different court jurisdictions. The aim is to ensure that the private equity-owned turbine manufacturer can pay an arbitration settlement under way with First Wind in Chicago currently being overseen by the American Arbitration Association. 

S&P Affirms Rating on First Wind Capital

First Wind Sees Future With Sun

Enron’s Kyoto Memo Turns 15

Enron had 6 profit centers tied to pricing CO2, 7 under cap and trade

Patrick Wood III - Enron All Over Again

Patrick Wood's Reaction to Enron Tapes Exposing Energy Manipulation

Patrick Wood III at the Milken Institute

Patrick Wood on Fraud Task Force

Patrick Wood III on board of battery maker Xtreme Power

Xtreme Power blamed the fire dept for First Wind Hawaii Fire

Patrick Wood is also on the board at First Wind and many others.

Google Search - Patrick Wood III Insider Trading


Other Industry News

DE Shaw, part owner of First Wind, disclosure on natural gas sector

San Leon Energy

George Soros takes stake in San Leon

Brookfield to acquire 19 hydropower dams in Maine

Brookfield (Bermuda based) to acquire Western Wind

BP Wind Hawaii Goes Into Operation

BP Wind Ozarks Comes Online in 2013

Nebraska wind farm project can't get customers

When will Warren Buffett short this one? - Mid-American Wind

Mid American completes 3 new wind projects

Vermont utility calls for renewables moratorium

PTC-ITC or Cash Grant?

Carbon Taxes Make Ireland Even Greener - NYT


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Reader Comments (21)

Thanks again and here are 2 more outstanding items.

Wind Power’s Negative Externalities (Part I: introducing www.windturbinepropertyloss.org)


Wind Power’s Negative Externalities: Here Come the Lawsuits (Part II)


Note: in part 2 there is reference to Mars Hill. That is ground zero for UPC/First Wind and very serious RICO type violations.
Jan 4, 2013 at 6:30 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
How about the photos of all those dead birds and bats that litter the grounds of Wind Power?




Jan 4, 2013 at 3:20 PM | Unregistered CommenterBackgammon
Hawaii Sen. Schatz replaces Sen. Hirono on Energy committee



Green groups had expressed excitement about Hirono’s committee assignment, calling her an advocate of clean energy and conservation.
They likely will be just as pleased with Schatz who, like Hirono, has said he is committed to combating climate change.
In a December media conference that announced his appointment, Schatz said, “For me, personally, I believe global climate change is real and it is the most urgent challenge of our generation.”
Jan 4, 2013 at 5:44 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Lets give a warm welcome to our new little green friend.
Jan 4, 2013 at 6:07 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
Scene 1:

Enter an entire casino built on a fake trading platform called carbon credits...
Jan 5, 2013 at 2:37 AM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
Why businesses shouldn't let carbon fraud halt U.S. cap and trade



At first glance, all the news about fraud and fraud investigations in the EU carbon market might seem to give companies a good reason to oppose carbon trading. Last month’s Deutsche Bank raids and arrests -- part of European carbon-trading-fraud investigations -- came after six men already had been convicted of carbon-trading tax evasion through Deutsche Bank in 2011. In June, three others were jailed for carbon fraud in the United Kingdom. This recent spate caps a flurry of anti-carbon-fraud activity in 2009 and 2010, when European law enforcement raided hundreds of offices and arrested more than 100 suspected fraudsters. And the accusations and investigations continue.

Folks, thats reason enough right there to oppose it knowing full well what is, and will be happening HERE.

Jan 5, 2013 at 12:50 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Just as stupid as this goverment is over guns, as is about CO. More is belched out of this planet everyday than man has put into the air in the last 100 years.....But Hey, thay have already ran out of other peoples money so they must find a new tax on Us the People....!
Jan 5, 2013 at 9:49 PM | Unregistered CommenterTexas Dar
John, Martin O' Malley, the Irish Catholic Guv of the state of Maryland has recently signed off on a study in regards wind facilities off the coast of Md. I will have to look further into this and see who got the millions for that. Just what a god awful money pit. To think that there are kids in Baltimore dipping paint chips in ranch dressing because they are hungry.
Jan 6, 2013 at 10:33 AM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
Skin, one of the main players is Arcadia Wind.

Here is something I put up in my links article 3 weeks ago...



One company that expects to file a notice of interest in bidding for leases is Arcadia Offshore, the New Jersey company whose Delaware deal collapsed for lack of subsidies. Arcadia president Peter Mandelstam said the process will be complex and time-consuming, requiring extensive environmental analyses and public hearings; even if everything goes smoothly, construction could take five years to get under way and two years to complete.

“Absolutely,” Mandelstam said of his goals off North Carolina. “We’re gonna do it.”

But he acknowledged that with historically low natural gas prices, no utility is likely to buy offshore wind power unless it’s required to do so by state regulators or lawmakers

Jan 6, 2013 at 11:11 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Well John, I can tell you as a matter of fact that Delaware has a windmill in Lewes. It is operational though I don't know the outfit that runs it Would hate to think Lewes taxpayers put out for it to power their town. I'll look into that one as well.
Jan 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
Thanks. Here is a little something I came across regarding Warren Buffet from September.

Shares of Buffett's Chinese electric car maker tumble



Shares of BYD, the Chinese battery and electric car maker in which Warren Buffett is a major investor, tumbled in Hong Kong trading Wednesday after an analyst in China slashed his firm's target price for the stock to virtually nothing.
Jan 6, 2013 at 12:13 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Gamesa and Uof Delaware pair up that one.


The feds as part of the budget shit from the other day pays wind farms 2.2 cents per kw/hr. Just fuck me.


At what point do we just roll over and call it a day. Nothing is sacred to these cretins. Nothing
Jan 6, 2013 at 12:23 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
Maryland in the news of blowhards.



The study found that a maximum of 7,800 wind turbines could provide an annual average output of 14,000 megawatts, equivalent to 189 percent of Maryland’s electric load. The calculation includes the use of new technology for deep-water turbines, but even using only commercially proven, shallow-water equipment, the energy generated would total 70 percent of the state’s annual demand. This is the maximum resource possible, but actual development of offshore wind would start with power plant-sized units of 80 to 150 turbines.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-01-maryland-mid-atlantic-offshore-capacity.html#jCp

Lets pay to put them up and then lets pay them to produce the electricity. I think this is called free market. They don’t have to pay for any of it.
Jan 6, 2013 at 12:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
Nice one Skin. Here are a few industry terms you might want to familiarize yourself with especially when media uses output stats.

Understanding the Limits of Wind Power: Key Industry Terms

Jan 6, 2013 at 12:38 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
This one is an absolute MUST READ.

Tim Carney: How corporate tax credits got in the 'cliff' deal



The "fiscal cliff" legislation passed this week included $76 billion in special-interest tax credits for the likes of General Electric, Hollywood and even Captain Morgan. But these subsidies weren't the fruit of eleventh-hour lobbying conducted on the cliff's edge -- they were crafted back in August in a Senate committee, and they sat dormant until the White House reportedly insisted on them this week...

Here's what happened: In late July, Finance Chairman Max Baucus announced the committee would soon convene to craft a bill extending many expiring tax credits. This attracted lobbyists like a raw steak attracts wolves.

Former Sens. John Breaux, D-La., and Trent Lott, R-Miss., a pair of rainmaker lobbyists, pleaded for extensions on behalf of a powerful lineup of clients.

General Electric and Citigroup, for instance, hired Breaux and Lott to extend a tax provision that allows multinational corporations to defer U.S. taxes by moving profits into offshore financial subsidiaries. This provision -- known as the "active financing exception" -- is the main tool GE uses to avoid nearly all U.S. corporate income tax...

...The K Street firm Capitol Tax Partners, led by Treasury Department alumni from the Clinton administration, represented an even more impressive list of tax clients, who paid CTP more than $1.68 million in the third quarter.

Besides financial clients like Citi, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, CTP represented green energy companies like GE and the American Wind Energy Association. These companies won extension and expansion of the production tax credit for wind energy.
Jan 6, 2013 at 1:36 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn

Does NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) keep two separate sets of climate books for the USA?



Glaring inconsistencies found between State of the Climate (SOTC) reports sent to the press and public and the “official” climate database record for the United States.

First, I should point out that I didn’t go looking for this problem, it was a serendipitous discovery that came from me looking up the month-to-month average temperature for the Continental United States (CONUS) for another project which you’ll see a report on in a couple of days. What started as an oddity noted for a single month now seems clearly to be systemic over a two-year period. On the eve of what will likely be a pronouncement from NCDC on 2012 being the “hottest year ever”, and since what I found is systemic and very influential to the press and to the public, I thought I should make my findings widely known now. Everything I’ve found should be replicable independently using the links and examples I provide. I’m writing the article as a timeline of discovery.

At issue is the difference between temperature data claims in the NCDC State of the Climate reports issued monthly and at year-end and the official NCDC climate database made available to the public. Please read on for my full investigation...

...Based on my reading of it, with their SOTC reports that are based on preliminary data, and not corrected later, NCDC has violated these four key points:

In the guidelines, OMB defines ‘‘quality’’ as the encompassing term, of which ‘‘utility,’’ ‘‘objectivity,’’ and ‘‘integrity’’ are the constituents. ‘‘Utility’’ refers to the usefulness of the information to the intended users. ‘‘Objectivity’’ focuses on whether the disseminated information is being presented in an accurate, clear, complete, and unbiased manner, and as a matter of substance, is accurate, reliable, and unbiased. ‘‘Integrity’’ refers to security—the protection of information from unauthorized access or revision, to ensure that the information is not compromised through corruption or falsification. OMB modeled the definitions of ‘‘information,’’ ‘‘government information,’’ ‘‘information dissemination product,’’ and ‘‘dissemination’’ on the longstanding definitions of those terms in OMB Circular A–130, but tailored them to fit into the context of these guidelines.

I’ll leave it to congress and other Federal watchdogs to determine if a DQA violation has in fact occurred on a systemic basis. For now, I’d like to see NCDC explain why two publicly available avenues for “official” temperature data don’t match. I’d alos like to see them justify their claims in the next SOTC due out any day.

I’ll have much more in the next couple of days on this issue, be sure to watch for the second part.

For now, in case the SOTC reports should suddenly disappear or get changed without notice, I have all of those NCDC reports that form the basis of Table 1 archived below as PDF files.
Jan 6, 2013 at 10:26 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
John check this out even they get it

Global warming, the tool of the West



Crony Capitalist Warren Buffett is building the world’s biggest photovoltaic solar project

Jan 7, 2013 at 12:31 AM | Unregistered CommenterLadyLiberty
Great links in comments. Good photos, john.

Dipping paint chips in ranch dressing in Baltimore.

+1 skin
Jan 7, 2013 at 3:00 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
‘Global Warming,’ where dishonest science and finance meet.

WMO Report: “The Global Climate 2001-2010, A Decade of Climate Extremes” See p.85: http://library.wmo.int/pmb_ged/wmo_1103_en.pdf

The problem is not CO2, it’s Methane.

More on WMO Report: Problem is Methane, not CO2 http://www.wmo.int/pages/mediacentre/press_releases/pr_976_en.html

Not feasible to create a financial derivative on Methane, though…
Also not feasible to tax methane, as CO2 can be…

This is all about finding a new ponzi financial framework to replace the previous failing one…
Jul 5, 2013 at 2:24 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn

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