Central Maine Power's plan to charge a standby fee to customers who generate some of their own electricity through renewable sources has stirred opposition, from educational institutions like Bowdoin College to property developers and even the state's governor, the Bangor Daily News reports.
U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton has ruled that two federal agencies violated the Endangered Species Act by the manner in which they reviewed the environmental impact of the Cape Wind project, but despite ordering new studies, Walton has let stand the Interior Department decision to grant a permit for the offshore wind farm, the Boston Herald reports.
Air and water pollution from graphite mining is an increasing problem in China as it scrambles to supply the mineral that's a key component to the batteries used in clean energy cars, Bloomberg reports.
An offshore wind farm proposed by Fishermen's Energy has gotten backing from local government officials and businesses in Atlantic City although the N.J. Board of Public Utilities hasn't given it the nod yet, The News Journal reports from Delaware.
A Maine judge has overturned the state environmental chief's regulatory decision regarding noise violations at a wind farm, saying that Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Patricia Aho's involvement "directly benefited a client of her former employer," the Portland Press Herald reports.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Solar energy would get a big boost in Iowa if a bill passed Thursday in a Senate committee becomes law.
The bill, approved by the Senate Ways and Means Committee, would increase the annual cap for solar tax credits to $4.5 million from the current $1.5 million. It also would allow individual homeowners to get up to $5,000 in credits, up from the existing $3,000 cap, and businesses to qualify for $20,000 in credits, up from $15,000.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The amount of power utilities could buy from customers with solar or other renewable energy systems would nearly quadruple under a measure given preliminary approval Thursday by the Vermont Senate.
Vermont caps the amount of power utilities can take through what's called net metering, when the owners of rooftop solar installations or similar projects put excess power onto the grid. The current cap says each utility can take up to 4 percent of the peak load on its system from net-metering projects. The bill increases that to 15 percent.
Arguments are growing more heated about how utilities will be handling solar power, with Minnesota's 'value-of-solar tariff,' an alternative to net metering, coming under scrutiny in testimony this week, E&E reports.
Fuel cell system maker Plug Power Inc. expects orders will nearly quadruple this year and CEO Andy Marsh said the company could see a profit in 2014 excluding interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, Bloomberg reports.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The state is teaming up with Dominion Virginia Power in a research project that is intended to smooth the way for the development of an offshore wind industry.
The Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advance Project proposes putting two 6-megawatt wind turbines on platforms designed to withstand hurricane-force winds. The turbines would be located 24 nautical miles (27 statute miles) off Virginia Beach.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced Thursday it is seeking written public comment on the project as it prepares an environmental assessment. It scheduled a meeting for April 3 in Virginia Beach for the public to speak out on the proposal.
Support for a review of any proposal to send Canadian oil sands crude through the Portland Montreal Pipe Line by Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire has environmentalists wondering if she will rethink her support for the Keystone XL project, E&E reports.
The Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that pits an electronics manufacturer against North Carolina landowners over groundwater pollution and whether a state statute takes precedence over federal law that exempts toxic waste cases from deadlines, E&E reports.
All four candidates vying for the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., in the November election said they didn’t think climate change was a fact, when asked the question in a debate Tuesday night, The Hill reports.
Arch Coal’s investment in DKRW’s proposed coal gasification plant has cost it $57 million, according to the annual report the company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Casper Star-Tribune reports.
The EU’s top energy official will discuss sending gas to Ukraine through Slovakia in negotiations Thursday, and on Monday Moscow hosts Kiev’s energy minister for talks on Russian gas prices for Ukraine, Reuters reports.
Phil Radford, who became the youngest person to head the American operation for Greenpeace, is departing after four years of working on broadening the environmental group’s reach, National Journal reports.
The Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection has lifted an eight month ban on the country’s two biggest refiners starting new projects, after China National Petroleum Corp. and Sinopec met pollution targets, The Wall Street Journal reports.