Renewable Energy

Plane-turbine accidents unusual: NTSB

Aberdeen News

The National Transportation Safety Board has only two recorded incidents of planes colliding with wind turbines in its database, and the investigation of last month’s accident in South Dakota at a NextEra Energy windfarm could take up to 10 months to complete, the Aberdeen News reports.

Bollore unveils Indianapolis electric car station

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A French company unveiled an electric car charging station Monday that's the first piece of a car-sharing service set to debut late this year in Indianapolis, giving drivers a chance to rent plug-in electric cars for errands and short excursions.

Bollore Group Chairman Vincent Bollore joined Mayor Greg Ballard for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the downtown charging station that's part of Bollore's $35 million plan for the system. The men also tried out a kiosk like those drivers will eventually use to rent one of the company's Bluecars.

Wave energy devices undergo tests in remote Scottish islands

The Wall Street Journal

The European Marine Energy Centre, operating on some $60 million since its founding more than ten years ago, is busy putting wave energy devices to the test in Scotland’s Orkney Islands, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Vermont firm to workers: Save energy, earn bonus

WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) — A manufacturer of renewable energy equipment has found a formula to get its employees to save energy: a $6,000 annual bonus, offset with a carbon tax.

David Blittersdorf, CEO at AllEarth Renewables, said he has long tried to walk the talk as a maker of renewable energy equipment. In 2011, he proposed a car tax on his 31 employees, but some balked and helped brainstorm another solution.

The result is REWIRE, an incentive program in which employees are offered the annual bonus, then taxed against it for using fossil fuel energy for driving, heating or powering their homes.

O'Malley vetoes wind-turbine moratorium bill in Md.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O'Malley vetoed a 13-month moratorium on building wind turbines within 56 miles of the U.S. Naval Air Station Patuxent River, saying the bill is unnecessary and would send a chilling message to renewable energy developers.

The bill would have delayed construction on wind turbines to wait for a study on how they could affect radar use around the base. Supporters of the bill argued it was important to consider needs of the base, a big economic engine in southern Maryland. But opponents contended it sent a bad message to businesses and harms wind farm development in Maryland.


Wind, biodiesel groups look for Senate to regroup on tax breaks

The failure to advance a bipartisan tax breaks renewals bill in the Senate on Thursday has added more uncertainty for the wind and biofuels industries, but trade groups that represent them still hope the incentives will get new life sooner than later.

Peter Kelley, a vice president for public affairs with the American Wind Energy Association, expressed optimism that Senate Democrats and Republicans will resolve their nasty fight over amendments that led to the bill being stopped on a largely party-line vote.

Austin-Recurrent Energy deal could create Texas’ biggest solar project

Austin Business Journal

It’s a 20-year deal for Austin Energy to buy 150 megawatts of solar power from Recurrent Energy, and it could create the biggest solar farm in Texas, as well as possibly offering the cheapest-ever prices on solar power, Austin Business Journal reports.

Solar unlikely to gain foothold in Texas despite prime conditions

National Journal

Energy policies in Texas are preventing solar energy from blossoming in the state, and will likely continue to do so, even though physical conditions give it great potential there, National Journal reports.

Maine regulators give nod to wind project

River Valley Sun Journal

Canton Mountain Wind has gotten a go-ahead from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection for an eight-turbine project, which could start operation as early as 2016, the River Valley Sun Journal reports.

Chile announces plans to deal with energy crunch

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's President Michelle Bachelet announced her plans to tackle the country's energy crunch on Thursday, looking to the wind and sun as well as fossil fuels to meet demand.

Bachelet said solar panels will be installed on all public buildings as part of an overall $250 million investment in energy over the next four years.

She also said the government will give Chile's state oil firm an additional $400 million to boost exploration and meet rising demand in the Andean country.


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