in News Departments > Policy Watch
print the content item

Gov. Ted Kulongoski, D-Ore., has issued a possible intent to veto relating to a pair of state House bills, which, if passed, would be detrimental to Oregon's renewable energy efforts.

H.B.2472, known as the Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC), ensures that Oregon will continue to grow its renewable energy business sector. A rollback in these tax credits, wind proponents argue, would hurt Oregon's development efforts. BETC is credited for providing the catalyst for Oregon wind over the last decade.

The governor is also considering a veto of H.B.2940 because of concerns over undercutting the original intent of Oregon's renewable portfolio standard of 25% by 2025 and the impact on the development of new renewable energy projects.

This notice does not necessarily mean that the governor will veto the bills. According to a spokesperson for the governor, the intent-to-veto filing gives Kulongoski until Aug. 10 to formally act on the bills. The spokesperson also commented that the governor, long a renewable energy advocate, indicated that a veto of both House bills is likely.

SOURCE: Office of Gov. Ted Kulongoski


Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Setting The Record Straight: How Many Birds Do Wind Turbines Really Kill?

Several peer-reviewed studies are more or less in agreement with avian mortality rates caused by wind turbines. However, one study, which is wildly off from the others, is most often cited in the media. Why?


Six Takeaways From The IRS' Start Of Construction Guidance: What You Need To Know

The IRS recently issued guidance to wind developers to further spell out what "start of construction" means. Will you be covered?


Eagle Take Permits For Wind Farms - Will They Fly?

Now that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued the first permit allowing the legal take of eagles, can wind developers expect more certainty in the agency's application process?


Despite 2013 Challenges, U.S. Wind Power Reaches All-Time Low Price

In a new report, the U.S. Department of Energy details the highs and lows of the country's wind industry last year, and the agency maintains that the U.S. sector remains strong.


Mexico On Pace To Set New Renewables Investment Record

A new report says the country has spent $1.3 billion on clean energy in the first half of 2014 and could end up seeing a record year. Furthermore, wind power is slated for significant growth in the region.

Renewable NRG_id1934
Canwea_id1984
Tower Conference_id1965
UnitedEquip_id1995