A proposal to put dozens of wind turbines in place in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay area may be backed by Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley, but others in his party oppose the plans, concerned that the turbines may interfere with military radar systems in the area, E&E reports.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A 300-mile power cable line would be buried on land and run underwater from Maine to Boston in a proposal to tap Canada's hydropower for power-hungry southern New England.
The so-called "Green Line" is one of several proposals across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont aimed at fulfilling a goal by New England governors to tap up to 3,600 megawatts of renewable energy, lower electricity costs and offset losses as aging power plants go offline. It is expected to cost more than $1 billion.
Midwest Energy and the Clean Energy Collective of Colorado have signed a deal to build a 1-megawatt solar array in Kansas and offer Midwest's electricity customers a chance to buy into the 'solar garden' concept, essentially giving them the opportunity to own and run a panel without having to install it on their own property, The Hutchinson News reports.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will look to gauge energy company interest in wave power in the Pacific Northwest before approving an Oregon State University plan to run a test wave energy project. If there's interest, the agency could hold a competitive leasing process, FuelFix reports.
KENNER, La. (AP) — The sweeping curves and glass walls of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport's planned new terminal building have defined that project since the design was released last month, but the futuristic architecture is not the only forward-looking aspect of the project.
Airport officials say they are also embarking on an ambitious plan: harnessing enough solar energy to fully power the airport, allowing it to operate independently most of the time, and especially when disaster strikes.
The solar proposal is still in its early stages but is included in the official cost projections for the $826 million airport revamp, which includes the new $650 million terminal on the north side of the property, a hotel and a new Interstate 10 flyover ramp. If it happens, it would apparently make Armstrong the only airport in the country capable of running on self-generated solar power.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's Public Service Commission is improperly hindering small, renewable energy projects in the state, federal regulators said.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Thursday that the rules the PSC created to implement a federal energy conservation policy create an "unreasonable obstacle" for the projects seeking to sell power to utilities.
Part of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 created an obligation for utilities to offer to purchase power from small, renewable power production facilities of 80 megawatts or less.
Lawmakers of both parties who support reinstatement of the wind Production Tax Credit on Friday called for Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden and House leaders to enact legislation quickly, despite uncertain prospects for success in an election year.
Letters to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, by 118 representatives and to Wyden, D-Ore., by 26 senators, called for action on the PTC and the solar Investment Tax Credit, which they said was needed to forestall industry layoffs.
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A geothermal company plans to build a $150 million energy facility near Malta in south-central Idaho.
Trent Yang, a company developer with Aguacaliente, told The Times-News in a story Friday that the company recently finished drilling a third successful production well.
The company hopes to build a 25-megawatt power plant at Walker Ranch and have it operating by 2016. That's an area near an existing 10-megawatt geothermal plant called Raft River Energy operated by U.S. Geothermal Inc.
The wind power industry is developing new technologies to boost its price competitiveness against traditional energy sources, including the pilot Buoyant Airborne Turbine that could harness wind at 1,000 feet, The New York Times reports.
The Obama administration's decision to extend agency comment on its final Keystone XL review has inspired backers in Congress, including Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., to mount a new effort to bypass President Obama to approve the pipeline, Bloomberg reports.
Hess Corp. said it would sell $1 billion in its exploration assets in Thailand to PTT Exploration & Production as Hess plans to refocus its efforts on North American projects, Dow Jones Business News reports.
An all-week rally against the Keystone XL pipeline, organized by the Cowboy and Indian Alliance and green groups, drew nearly 200 protesters to the National Mall in Washington on Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Southwestern state officials' plans to manage scarce water resources during an ongoing drought may face legal action from an environmental group that says water siphoning has further threatened the endangered Rio Grande silvery minnow, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Tom Steyer, a climate activist spending millions of dollars in the 2014 elections, said his activity differs from that of the conservative Koch brothers because he's pushing the issue of climate change rather than policies he would benefit from, Politico reports.
Canada's Department of the Environment recommended removing humpback whales from its list of "threatened" species months before the government will rule on a pipeline permit that would boost oil shipments through the whales' habitat, Reuters reports.