House Tax Bill Hits Wind Power - TAKE ACTION

The House tax bill is trying to raise taxes on wind energy. As a wind energy supporter, I urge you to contact your House representative today.

In 2015, Congress reached a bipartisan deal that phased out the wind energy Production Tax Credit over five years. Investors took Congress at their word that there would be stable tax policy and poured billions of dollars into the U.S. economy. Wind energy grew, as did the jobs, community, and environmental benefits that came with it. 

Now, with two years left in the tax credit phase-down, Congress has reneged on their promise to support clean wind energy. Changing the rules in the middle of the game would be disastrous for American workers building wind turbines and farmers and ranchers harvesting the wind. 

Please help by contacting your House representative and demanding they keep the wind energy tax reform deal that was already agreed to in 2015.

House Reneges on Tax Deal, puts $50 billion and 50,000 American jobs at risk

House Reneges on Tax Deal, puts $50 billion and 50,000 American jobs at risk

The tax bill proposed by the U.S. House would derail a bipartisan agreement to phase out the wind energy Production Tax Credit, stripping away the investment certainty Congress promised wind developers just two years ago. "Despite comments to the contrary, this proposal reneges on the tax reform deal that was already agreed to, and would impose a retroactive tax hike on an entire industry," said Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association. "The House proposal would pull the rug out from under 100,000 U.S. wind workers and 500 American factories, including some of the fastest growing jobs in the country."
 

Gore lauds Georgetown’s use of renewables

Austin American Statesman | By Bob Sechler bsechler@statesman.com

Al Gore spoke Monday at a renewable energy conference in Georgetown.

Al Gore spoke Monday at a renewable energy conference in Georgetown.

GEORGETOWN — Former Vice President Al Gore delivered more warnings about the threat of global climate change at a renewable energy conference in Georgetown on Monday, before holding up the Central Texas city as an example of the progress being made to alleviate the crisis.

Georgetown is the only city in Texas to operate solely on renewable energy. It had been the biggest city in the U.S. to get its power entirely from renewable sources, such as wind and solar, until being displaced recently by Las Vegas.

Gore, speaking at the GridNEXT renewable energy conference, used a litany of data points to paint a picture of climate change induced by the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities that he said is fueling global catastrophes, from storms and droughts to fires and famines.

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Energy conference celebrates Georgetown's move to renewable power

CBS Austin | by Fred Cantú | Monday, October 23rd 2017

There's a new wind blowing across Texas as wind power and solar are replacing gas and coal to generate electricity for our cities. (CBS Austin)

There's a new wind blowing across Texas as wind power and solar are replacing gas and coal to generate electricity for our cities. (CBS Austin)

There's a new wind blowing across Texas as wind power and solar are replacing gas and coal to generate electricity for our cities. The price point for renewable power is becoming more attractive to budget-conscious cities and winning new converts.

The Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance -- or TREIA -- loves Georgetown for its commitment to renewable energy, something it learned from its local university. Former US Vice President Al Gore recalled the story as he opened this year’s TREIA conference in Georgetown. “It was the initial interest of Southwestern quite a few years ago in getting renewable energy that actually kind of opened the door for Georgetown to be able to see what the benefits really were," he said.

This was a friendly crowd for Gore who has ruffled his share of political feathers by trashing oil and gas. But the dropping cost of renewable energy is making converts. Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross is among them. He says, “It's no secret Vice President Gore is a Democrat and it's no secret that I'm a Republican. But clean energy and good business decisions based on fact are American issues and not partisan issues."

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Georgetown set to supply 100% green power by 2017

KXAN NBCSteffi Lee | Oct 23, 2017

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GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — The city of Georgetown has reached an agreement they say will make them one of the largest municipally owned utilities in the United States to supply its customers with 100 percent solar and wind energy. The city recently reached a 150-megawatt solar power agreement with SunEdison that will begin in 2016 and expire in 2041. This agreement comes after 144-megawatt wind power agreement in 2014, which will last through 2035. With these two contracts, the city says all energy supplied to their consumers will be from renewable sources.

Banners marking Southwestern University’s 175th anniversary fly around campus and around town. For the last five of those years, the campus has been entirely powered by renewable energy.

“The two came together at the right time, and so in the process of negotiating, we wound up with a 100 percent wind power agreement with Southwestern University and the City of Georgetown,” said Bob Mathis, Southwestern University’s associate vice president for Facilities and Campus Services.

Now, the City of Georgetown is following suit. While Southwestern’s move was a student-led push for green energy, the city was simply searching for the most consistent, competitive rate.

“The 100 percent green option was just a side benefit of the fact we made a business decision for the most cost-effective resource, and it just so happens to be solar and wind,” said Georgetown Interim City Manager Jim Briggs. “With rate of inflation going forward, their actual price of energy is going to decline over the course of the contract.”

Mathis sees these renewable changes putting the city and university on the map.

“That vision would be for Southwestern University and the City of Georgetown to be the greenest city and university in the state — or the nation, for that matter,” said Mathis.

Both the solar and wind power will be coming from West Texas. City leaders said the two sources are compliments and typically peak at opposite times, helping ensure consistent service. The power from wind and solar is expected to be coming to Georgetown in late 2016 or early 2017.

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Al Gore Addressed the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance Conference

The former vice president spoke in Georgetown about climate change and renewables.

Texas Monthly | by Dan Solomon | October 23, 2017

Former vice president Al Gore in 2017. REX FEATURES VIA AP IMAGES

Former vice president Al Gore in 2017.
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Dale Ross, the mayor of Georgetown, won re-election in May by 45 points. That means he can say pretty much anything he wants—and when introducing former vice president Al Gore at the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance (TREIA) conference on Monday, the city’s Republican leader put that to the test. “It’s no secret that he’s a Democrat and I’m a Republican,” Ross said from the ballroom of the Georgetown Sheraton. The hotel is one of the new projects that came about as part of $225 million in development Ross announced as part of his commitment to making Georgetown one of the first—and largest—cities to be powered by entirely by renewable energy sources. “But these are not political decisions. Al Gore has done more to make the world a better place in one day than most of his critics have done in their entire lives.”

Ross’s comments set a tone for Gore’s presentation—an updated, curated-for-Texas version of the slideshow setup he made famous in An Inconvenient Truth and its sequel—that balanced discussing the economic realities that lead to Ross’s push on renewables, the risks of climate change that have long motivated Gore, and some sassy political sniping in the direction of Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

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Georgetown attracts international spotlight, Al Gore with renewable energy

Christy Millweard | KVUE 7:25 PM. CDT | October 23, 2017

A Williamson County city has gained world-wide attention after choosing to move to 100 percent renewable energy.

A Williamson County city has gained world-wide attention after choosing to move to 100 percent renewable energy.

A Williamson County city has gained world-wide attention after choosing to move to 100 percent renewable energy.

An international spotlight is on Central Texas as Georgetown hosts the Grid Next conference of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries.

Former Vice President Al Gore was the keynote speaker Monday.

The Williamson County city has gained worldwide attention after choosing to move 100 percent to renewable energy.

"We're worldwide; today we had a crew from Japan filming, and did an interview with commissioner of Wales on UK last Friday, so we truly are an international kind of story... people have a lot of interest in what's going on in Georgetown," said Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross.

The city is currently using wind power from a wind farm West of Amarillo and will use a new solar panel unit in West Texas. It's scheduled to go online in 2018.

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In Central Texas visit, Gore applauds Georgetown’s focus on renewables

By Bob Sechler - American-Statesman Staff | Monday, October 23, 2017

Former Vice President Al Gore attends the premiere of ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ at the Zurich Film Festival on October 8, 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland.Alexander Koerner/Getty Images

Former Vice President Al Gore attends the premiere of ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ at the Zurich Film Festival on October 8, 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland.Alexander Koerner/Getty Images

GEORGETOWN —Former Vice President Al Gore delivered more warnings about the threat of global climate change at a renewable energy conference in Georgetown on Monday, before holding up the Central Texas city as an example of the progress being made to alleviate the crisis.

Georgetown is the first and only city in Texas to operate solely on renewable energy. It had been the biggest city in the U.S. to get its power entirely from renewable sources, such as wind and solar, until being displaced recently by Las Vegas.

Gore, speaking at the GridNEXT renewable energy conference, used a litany of data points to paint a picture of climate change induced by the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities that he said is fueling global catastrophes, from storms and droughts to fires and famines.

The earth’s atmosphere “really is a very thin shell around the planet,” Gore said. “That is what we are kind of using as an open sewer now for seven and a half billion people.”

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Association urges FERC to reject DOE proposed rule tied tomarket changes

October 23, 2017 | Paul Ciampoli (/people/paul-ciampoli)

In comments filed on Oct. 23, the American Public Power Association urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject a Department of Energy proposed rule that would require organized electricity markets to adopt tariff changes that would ensure full cost recovery for certain “fuel-secure” resources.

The Association said in a news release that while it agrees that the DOE’s proposed rule has raised important questions that the industry should study further, the proposed rule is ambiguous and incomplete in many respects, and unworkable in its current form.

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