Wind Power Developers Race Clock to Secure Subsidy

As the rest of the world prepares to toast the new year, the wind industry is hard at work on its own year-end tradition, rushing to make sure projects qualify for an important subsidy before it is set to vanish at the stroke of midnight on Tuesday.

Developers are signing deals, ordering equipment and lurching ahead with construction starts to qualify for a tax credit that is worth 2.3 cents a kilowatt-hour for the first 10 years of production. This month, giant turbine-makers like Vestas and Siemens have announced major new orders, including a deal worth more than $1 billion with MidAmerican Energy, an Iowa-based utility majority-owned by Warren E. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, and another with the Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound.

In previous years, the projects had to be in commercial operation by New Year’s Eve. This year, they need only have begun.

“What we see right now is a race to the finish line, where we’re trying to get projects signed,” said Mark Albenze, chief executive of the Wind Power Americas unit of Siemens Energy. “It’s a little bit of a different dynamic, whereas in ’12 our projects teams were the ones stressing out in December and now it’s our acquisition team.”

 

Comments (0)

This post does not have any comments. Be the first to leave a comment below.


Post A Comment

You must be logged in before you can post a comment. Login now.

Featured Product

Baja Carports Design-build Solar Support Systems™

Baja Carports Design-build Solar Support Systems™

Baja Carports specializes in design-build Solar Support Systems™ for mainframe carports & shade canopies. Our patented product line is designed in-house by Baja engineers. Product structures are pre-fabricated from pre-galvanized high-tensile, light gauge steel, and installed by Baja crews. Carports, RV/boat storage, EV stations, & ground mounts are customized to meet customers criteria. Baja's objective for each Solar Support System™ is to leverage optimal electrical production while maximizing coverage. Baja produces cost-effective carports for commercial businesses.