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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Maryland offshore wind auction nets $8.7m from US Wind

The Interior Department said a subsidiary of Italian company Toto Holding on Tuesday won an offshore wind lease auction for a nearly 80,000-acre area off Maryland with a bid of more than $8.7 million.

The provisional winning bid by US Wind Inc. was more than the combined high bids from the department's two previous Atlantic offshore wind lease sales, which pulled in a total of about $5.4 million.

Court orders NJ to reconsider wind farm

Source: 
The Record

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has to look again at the wind farm proposed by Fishermen’s Energy that it rejected in March, in part because of a $47 million grant the Department of Energy awarded to the project in May, according to a ruling from a state appeals court, The Record reports.

Solar panel shortage looming

Source: 
Bloomberg

The rising pace of solar installations is set to create a shortage of solar panels, after a two-year glut that forced a number of manufacturers into bankruptcy, Bloomberg reports.

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Maryland offshore wind lease sale to reveal interest in state subsidy plan

The Interior Department is set to hold its third competitive Atlantic Ocean offshore wind energy lease sale on Tuesday, one that has attracted the interest of more than a dozen companies who could tap into Maryland's new subsidy program. 

The lease sale makes available nearly 80,000 acres extending to the east and south from about 10 miles off Ocean City, Md., with 16 companies signed up to bid, the department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said.

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Moniz: Wind power future in hands of Congress

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz wants the public -- and Congress -- to know that the average cost of wind power has reached a new low, but future growth of the industry depends on renewal of the wind Production Tax Credit.

The credit expired at the end of last year, but because it applied to projects that had gotten underway, the industry has had time to lobby lawmakers for a renewal before construction falls off after those projects are completed. 

Wyoming wind farm viable without tax credit, says CEO

Source: 
Casper Star-Tribune

Bill Miller, CEO of Power Company of Wyoming LLC, says his firm’s Chokecherry and Sierra Madre 3,000-megawatt wind farm would benefit if Congress restored the wind production tax credit, but the project will go ahead regardless, the Casper Star-Tribune reports.

BOEM holds Maryland offshore wind lease sale

Washington, August 19, 2014, 8:30 am

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management holds online lease auction for wind development leases off the Maryland coast. 

Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air

IVANPAH DRY LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays — "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair

Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one "streamer" every two minutes, are urging California officials to halt the operator's application to build a still-bigger version.

The investigators want the halt until the full extent of the deaths can be assessed. Estimates per year now range from a low of about a thousand by BrightSource to 28,000 by an expert for the Center for Biological Diversity environmental group.

Electric vehicle, fuel efficiency projects to get $55M from DOE

Source: 
The Hill

The Department of Energy announced it is giving $55 million to 31 projects aimed at improving fuel efficiency and boosting electric vehicles, in particular the development of new battery technology, The Hill reports.

Wind farm backers write to Mikulski

Source: 
DelmarvaNow

A group of 21 environmental and clean energy groups have sent a letter to Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., asking her to remove language from a defense appropriations bill that would delay construction of a Pioneer Green Energy wind farm in the Chesapeake Bay area over fears it would interfere with operations at the nearby Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Gannett’s DelmarvaNow reports.

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