US Biodiesel Production Reaches Commercial Scale Thanks to Tax Incentives

Green Living Ideas

Enacted in 2004, the current biodiesel tax incentive program helps make the fuel competitive with petroleum based diesel. Unfortunately, the current incentive program will expire on December 31, 2009 at a time when “U.S. biodiesel production has reached commercial scale, and the nation has realized the job creation, environmental and energy security [.] [ US Biodiesel Production Reaches Commercial Scale Thanks to Tax Incentives from Green Living Ideas ].

There’s Money Out There to Upgrade Your Home

Green Life Smart Life

As we head into Q4 2009 you might want to look at if you need to get some tax credits on your 2009 tax returns. What is a tax credit? You don’t receive an income tax credit when you buy the product, like an instant rebate. You claim the credit on your federal income tax form at the end of the year. The credit then increases the tax refund you receive or decreases the amount you have to pay. A tax credit reduces the tax you pay, dollar-for-dollar.

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With a week left to file, did you remember your energy tax credits?

Green Life Smart Life

I finished my takes last week, and all told we are receiving more than $38,000 in tax credits both federal and state from the installation of geothermal system and other ENERGY STAR products in our home in 2009. There were a lot of changes in the tax code this year so if you made home improvements, be sure to give your tax preparer your receipts so you can determine your deductions for 2009. Rhode Island Tax Credits. Renewable Energy Sales Tax Exemption.

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Harvesting Wind Power: It’s Easier than You Think

Green Life Smart Life

Tax Credits and Incentives. Energy related tax credits have boomed in recent years. Wind turbines were first included in federal tax incentives when the October 2008 Stimulus Bill passed. In addition to federal tax incentives, those installing a small wind turbine system can also receive incentives through federal grant programs and most individual states offer loans, rebates and tax credits for installing a system.

Day 4 of Geothermal: What Does a Geothermal System Cost?

Green Life Smart Life

With the new tax incentives I can’t find a downside to installing a geothermal system. We have no wait for our payback period (at least once our 2009 taxes are processed). Tagged: geothermal costs, geothermal installation, geothermal payback time, geothermal system, geothermal tax incentives, green living, how much does geothermal cost, LEED, options for renewable energy, Renewable energy, RI LEED home.

Offshore Wind Energy Could Power 14 Million American Homes If.

Sierra Club Compass

As we've been discussing , in less than three weeks, certain tax incentives that encourage growth in the clean energy sector, resulting in thousands of jobs and improved public health conditions, are set to expire.   The Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is critical to kick offshore wind energy development into high gear. The potential is there along with the incentives - all Congress has to do is vote YES.

A new feature of env-econ.net is a sequester casualty

Environmental Economics

Issa labeled it as an attempt to justify the $90 billion in loans, tax incentives and grants President Obama set aside for clean-energy and transportation programs through the 2009 federal stimulus. Just when we started tracking green jobs with help from the BLS : Automatic budget cuts have claimed an early casualty: The Bureau of Labor Statistics tossed a program Friday that monitored green jobs in the United States, according to Bloomberg.

People prefer higher costs

Environmental Economics

Without it, we would have never known that economic incentive-based environmental policy can save money! Explicit carbon pricing mechanisms, such as carbon taxes and emissions trading systems, are generally more cost-effective than most alternative policy options in creating the incentive for economies to transition towards zero carbon trajectories,” the group said in a new report. politicians: tend to consistently reject economic incentive-based environmental policy and.

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Why Green Home Improvements Have Become So Popular

Eco Friendly Daily

Tax Incentives – As if the above money-saving benefits weren’t enough, green home improvements could also result in a significant tax break. . The concept of renovating your home to improve aesthetic appeal, comfort, health, safety, and functionality, isn’t new.

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Daily Demand and Supply: A flawed argument for lower gas prices

Environmental Economics

The Senate yesterday launched a high-profile debate on a Democratic plan to block the nation’s five biggest oil companies from taking advantage of a suite of tax breaks. Menendez’s measure would repeal five tax incentives for the nation’s five biggest oil companies as a way to pay for renewable-energy tax credits used by wind and solar producers. In other words, removing tax breaks for Big Oil will increase, not decrease, gas prices.

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Congress: Renew the Wind Production Tax Credit!

Sierra Club Compass

But sadly, putting a stop to this growth is exactly what Congress might do in less than three weeks by killing the renewable energy Production Tax Credit (PTC). The PTC is one of several tax incentives that invest in job-creating clean energy solutions. All we need to do is act to continue and strengthen incentives that are already in place. If one thing can be said about energy trends from the past year, it''s that dirty fossils fuels are out and clean energy is in.

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Calculate your cities? solar power potential

Green Prophet

Knowing what cities work best for solar energy can help local planning councils offer tax incentives, attractive feed-in tariffs and market to the public for funds, grants or reimbursements. Viganella is a village in Italy where the sun never shines. So locals installed a giant mirror to project the sun’s rays back onto them. Image via The Atlantic.

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He said, he said

Environmental Economics

The funny thing is, high gas prices are mostly a good thing ( Gas prices spur sound and fury.): “When oil companies are making huge profits and you’re struggling at the pump, and we’re scouring the federal budget for spending we can afford to do without, these tax giveaways aren’t right,” President Obama said in his weekly address on Saturday.

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5 Great Tips for Investing in Solar Technology

Solar Power Ninja

Check Tax Incentives. There are many cities and states that are willing to give consumers and investors refunds or incentives for purchasing solar panels. Investing in photovoltaics, or solar energy, can be a little tough for some people due to the high initial price of solar panels and similar technology. However, the environmental and financial benefits of this investment far outweigh the cost.

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TGS Weekly Round-Up January 15-21

The Green Samaritan

Take the chill off your home and utility bills – Greenstrides shares 2011 Tax Incentives to help make your home more energy efficient and cut long-term costs. Tagged as: 2011 Tax Incentives , Zero VOC paints , Zero Waste blog comments powered by Disqus Previous post: Serenity Now!

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New Study: Where Have All The Rangelands Gone?

Nature Conservancy - Science

An agricultural tax incentive — designed to discourage conversion of agricultural lands to residential development — was successful in protecting 37 percent of the remaining rangeland. But those tax incentives don’t protect those lands from being converted to other agriculture. The authors advocate land-use planning that enables large areas of ranchland to remain intact and for increased incentives to make ranching more economically viable.

Two Financial Benefits of Solar Panels | Living Green and Saving.

Living Green & Saving Energy

The conclusion was that while solar panels requires a significant cash outlay (they can also be financed), they provide a return on investment of 5 to 10%, depending on where you live and the rebates and tax incentives that are available. According to this analysis, the value of your home increases by an amount almost exactly equal to the cost of the solar panels after rebates and tax credits.

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Two Financial Benefits of Solar Panels

Living Green & Saving Energy

The conclusion was that while solar panels requires a significant cash outlay (they can also be financed), they provide a return on investment of 5 to 10%, depending on where you live and the rebates and tax incentives that are available. According to this analysis, the value of your home increases by an amount almost exactly equal to the cost of the solar panels after rebates and tax credits.

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5 Great Tips for Investing in Solar Technology

Solar Power Ninja

Check Tax Incentives. There are many cities and states that are willing to give consumers and investors refunds or incentives for purchasing solar panels. Investing in photovoltaics, or solar energy, can be a little tough for some people due to the high initial price of solar panels and similar technology. However, the environmental and financial benefits of this investment far outweigh the cost.

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Congress Can Protect Public Health By Renewing the Wind Production Tax Credit

Sierra Club Compass

In less than three weeks, American public health could be in jeopardy if Congress doesn''t act to renew the renewable energy Production Tax Credits (PTC) that keep the clean energy sector thriving. As discussed in yesterday''s blog , the PTC is one of several tax incentives that invest in job-creating, community-protecting clean energy solutions.

They're here*

Environmental Economics

An offshore wind farm long planned in Nantucket Sound off Cape Cod in Massachusetts is tied up in legal challenges, while plans to build one in Delaware waters fell through in recent weeks because of the likely expiration of federal tax incentives for these multibillion dollar projects.

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The Green Economy Reports: Nicaragua: From Blackouts to Powerhouse

Green (Living) Review

Princeton, New Jersey : Nicaragua’s ambitious renewable energy program promotes foreign business investment through tax incentives for foreign investors. Nicaragua’s thriving, renewable energy program is one of the most ambitious in the world, despite being the second poorest in Latin America, according to The Green Economy.

China’s Trina Solar Wants to Spend $200 Million in Jordan

Green Prophet

Long delayed by bureaucratic hurdles, Parliament passed the Renewable Energy Law in May to fast-track renewable energy projects and offer attractive tax incentives. :: Jordan Times. The disruption to Jordan’s natural gas supply from Egypt has finally awoken a sleeping giant: renewable energy.

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Energy Deregulation Needs to Expand

Wind Power Ninja

As we all know, wind energy could be in trouble if some of the federal tax incentives begin to disappear in the next few years. During the past twenty years, several states have embraced deregulation of the energy market and it has proven to be a boon for the wind industry. It’s simple.

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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Green New Deal 

Green Prophet

The country would try to create tax incentives for people to use green sources of energy. Prior to this point, many of the plans to address carbon emissions have been met with legislation such as an increased tax on fossil fuels. The Green New Deal is a term that has been thrown around recently as a potential option to address serious issues related to climate change.

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Flying less is more, say businesses

Green (Living) Review

There was also widespread support for nationwide high-speed broadband and tax incentives to boost videoconferencing and other corporate green initiatives. Government should support these findings by investing in high-speed broadband, backing tax incentives for videoconferencing and improving and investing in the rail network. New research published by WWF suggests that, following the recession, businesses are making a permanent commitment to fly less.

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Going Solar: The 21st Century Family Home Project

Nature Conservancy - Science

We studied the economics of the newest panels available and calculated that with the 30 percent federal tax incentive it would take 5 years to pay off the loan and 13 years to break even (Wyoming doesn’t have additional state tax incentives, but many states do). The 30% federal tax credit is also set to expire in about 2 years. The Copelands’ home solar project. Photo: Holly Copeland/TNC. By Holly Copeland.

Is Sustainability Good for Business?

Eco Friendly Daily

There are also a few other profitable incentives, such as environmental tax incentives , income tax credits and property tax cuts, which are provided by the government to businesses to get them interested in sustainability programmes. Sustainability has become more than just a buzzword in recent years. Research shows that sustainability has real benefits for business.

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Encouraging planting trees will sequester carbon and conserve habitat

Green (Living) Review

" "Policymakers have tools to increase tree cover and limit urban sprawl, such as targeted taxes, incentives and zoning," he added. by Michael smith (Veshengro) Oh my G-d! They have needed a university study again to “discover” something that every proper forester has known for ever and a day. They, however, needed a study for it again. Talking about stating the obvious.

Time for Congress to Act and Save Clean Energy Jobs

Sierra Club Compass

The Senate Finance Committee is voting today on legislation that includes an extension of critical clean energy tax incentives, namely the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for renewable energy, as well as key energy efficiency tax credits. These clean energy incentives support tens of thousands of American jobs -- jobs that are at risk if Congress does not act immediately.

6 ways to make your apartment greener

Green Prophet

Governments are encouraging green buildings with tax incentives while buyers are willing to pay a premium for your property if you’ve invested in green technology. Going green has gone decidedly mainstream now. If you’re looking to sell your house quickly and lucratively, there’s no better way than going green. But most of the advice on going green assumes you live in a traditional house with enough space to create a solar farm on the front and back yards.

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Israel’s Geothermal Giant Ormat Signs Deal For Solar In California

Green Prophet

“Developing projects in a cost-effective way and with an acceptable tariff, without the strong dependence on tax incentives, is vital for us to further expand our solar activity in a meaningful way.” Israel’s Geothermal Giant Ormat Signs Deal For Solar In California.

Racing to the Top of the Clean Energy Leaderboard

Sierra Club Compass

Some ideas for possible proposals include renewable electricity standards, regional or statewide climate action plans, increasing the percentage of energy efficient public buildings, participation in a regional greenhouse gas reduction program, or tax incentives for the manufacture or installation of clean energy components or energy efficiency upgrades. How do you create good paying American jobs, solve the climate crisis, and renew America’s leadership in science and innovation?

WORLD TOILET DAY

Green (Living) Review

In line with America and Australia we would encourage the government to consider increased tax incentives for those wishing to implement rain water harvesting systems in the UK.” World Toilet Day on 19th November reminds us that the world is seriously off-track to meet the sanitation MDG target – to halve the proportion of people without access to sanitation by 2015. If current rates of progress continue, the global sanitation goal will be met 30 years too late.

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New Electric ATVs Enter Marketplace

Eco Friendly Daily

Farmers hope that there will be future tax incentives to make electric ATV buying a more likely scenario. Currently, only on-road vehicles are applicable to tax incentives. Barefoot Motors located in Ashland, Oregon is an off road utility vehicle company specializing in electric ATVs. The company is going to begin production of their electric ATV line this June. The company is focusing on organic farmers and vineyard growers as customers.

Councils urged to use brownfield sites for allotments

Green (Living) Review

This group also argues that Government should offer tax incentives to land owners to allow allotments to be established on their unused plots. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) A think tank focusing on local government is calling on councils to turn over publicly-owned brownfield sites for allotments.

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America’s Real Problem with Solar Energy

Environmental News Network

We, as a group, spend more time than we should pointing to one of a growing number of reasons why solar energy isn’t taking hold in America: that perhaps our government incentives were cut too quickly, that our state’s SREC program is broken, that the net metering requirements aren’t strong enough. There is a 30% federal tax credit for anyone who installs solar on a home or business. Many states have similar tax incentives to add to that. By: Terrill Dines.

Sierra & Tierra: A Gale of Wind Energy Good News

Sierra Club Compass

Considering these arguments, it’s simply astonishing that Congress still is to renew the Production Tax Credit (PTC), one of the several tax incentives that invest in job creation in the clean energy industry. By Javier Sierra A gale of good news is hitting both the wind industry and the future of the planet. The new year started out with two world records.

Home Entertainment’s Take on the Green Life Project

Green Life Smart Life

At the same time, costs are coming down and states are now offering tax incentives. We’ll likely install solar in three to five years, but I will keep my eye on the tax incentives in the meantime.”. Green Living, Smart Living. December 22, 2009 By Dennis Burger.

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Do Solar Panels Cause Roof Leaks?

Greentumble

Outside of the initial expense (which should be reduced by rebates and tax incentives ), there is very little if any downside to installing a rooftop solar PV system. In theory, installing high-efficiency solar panels. on your rooftop should be a real money-saver. But suppose a photovoltaic solar installation caused collateral damage that offset your savings? Suppose, for example, that installing solar panels caused your roof to start leaking?

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25 Most Electric Car-Ready Cities, Ranked by Ford. Is Yours on the List?

Eco Chic

regional/local incentives such as high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes. preferred parking and tax incentives. I know I want my next car to be electric, and while I’m waiting, I’ve noticed that the EV infrastructure is slowly-but-surely popping up all over.

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Flaring Up in North Dakota, Natural Gas Emissions from Oil Production

Sierra Club Compass

The North Dakota legislature has passed new statutes that will offer tax incentives for producers to capture and use gas, instead of flaring it. Photo credit Tim Evanson. Flaring of natural gas in McKenzie County, North Dakota. While a great deal of attention has been paid to the dangers fracking poses to drinking water, oil and natural gas production are also major sources of air pollution.

10 Compelling Reasons to Opt for a Hybrid Electric Vehicle

Environmental News Network

To Take Advantage of Federal Tax Credits and Rebates – Because the American government is committed to pursuing cleaner energy alternatives and reducing dependence on foreign oil, there are a variety of tax incentives and rebates on the federal level for drivers of electric and hybrid electric vehicles. Some states may also have incentive programs in place, making the investment in a hybrid electric car even wiser. By: Guest Contributor, Amanda Kostina.