Minor memos

February 18, 2015 | By Keith Martin in Washington, DC

US generating capacity increased by 15,500 megawatts in 2014, bringing total US capacity to 1,104,459 megawatts, according to SNL Financial. Of the 2014 capacity additions, 7,900 megawatts were natural gas, 3,800 were wind and 3,200 were solar....Global demand for new wind turbines was just under 47,000 megawatts in 2014, compared to annual manufacturing capacity of 71,000 megawatts, according to Navigant Research....The IRS issued 10% fewer private letter rulings in 2014 than the year before. Budget cuts imposed by Congress mean the agency has no ability to replace departing attorneys except for a handful of critical hires, Erik Corwin, deputy chief counsel (technical), said in January....The fee the IRS charges to handle private letter ruling requests increased from $19,000 to $28,300 for ruling requests filed after February 1.