Renewable Energy

Chesapeake Bay wind project divides Maryland Democrats

Source: 
E&E

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.

New England seeking to tap Canadian hydropower

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.

Auto companies see car batteries at heart of future home energy system

Source: 
The New York Times

Auto and solar companies are working together to create energy systems for self sufficient homes, with new battery technology at the heart of it all, The New York Times reports.

Kansas customers to be offered 'solar garden' buy-ins

Source: 
The Hutchinson News

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.

Interior looks to gauge interest in wave energy projects

Source: 
FuelFix

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.

Airport may harness the sun for power

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.

FERC: PSC rules hinder independent power projects

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.

Office of Sen. Chuck Grassley

Lawmakers call for renewal of wind, solar tax credits

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.

New geothermal plant planned in Idaho

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.

New tech leading to more competitive wind pricing

Source: 
The New York Times

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.

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