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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Furthering the goal of energizing people “wherever they are,” according to CEO David Crane, NRG Energy has acquired the mobile solar startup Goal Zero for an undisclosed amount of cash, The New York Times reports.
The Energy Department's statistics wing on Tuesday offered drivers who have enjoyed declining gasoline prices more good news: The pain at the pump should continue to lessen.
In its monthly short term energy outlook, the Energy Information Administration said the prime driver of gasoline costs, crude oil prices, should remain steady for the rest of the year despite record U.S. refinery demand.
California – competing against Nevada, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico to be chosen as the site for Tesla Motors’ battery gigafactory – could waive some of its toughest environmental regulations as an incentive, according to state Sen. Ted Gaines, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Efforts to renew the expired wind production tax credit have stalled in the Senate logjam so far this year, and any future push to revive it may depend on the outcome of the November elections, in particular whether Republicans win control of the Senate, E&E reports.
The power substation in San Jose where a sniper attack last year raised concern about the security of the country’s grid has been breached again, according to Pacific Gas and Electric, which said thieves cut through a fence and stole some equipment, The New York Times reports.
A corn ethanol plant at the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon, which Valero Energy Corp. bought in March, has restarted, FuelFix reports. It is expected to boost the company’s output to 1.3 billion gallons a year, making Valero the country’s third-largest ethanol producer.
Oil looks set to finish out the week higher in the wake of another positive piece of data on the U.S. economy, news of an unexpected rise in consumer confidence. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery was up 66 cents to $95.21 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude settled 35 cents higher to $102.81, Bloomberg reports.
Fighting in Tripoli may have been escalating, but in the east of Libya, the key oil port of Es Sider is once again getting a flow of crude from oilfields after exports there resumed last week following a one-year hiatus, an official told The Wall Street Journal.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., listed her parents’ home in New Orleans as her address in filing last week to qualify for the ballot in Louisiana, prompting some critics to question her residency status, The Washington Post reports.
Clean Air Act violations for the release of phosgene, methyl chloride and oleum at a West Virginia facility between 2006 and 2010 will cost DuPont $1.3 million in fines, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department said in announcing a settlement, The Hill reports.
A project to build a big $25 billion water tunnel system in Northern California poses water quality problems to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and a possible threat to smelt and salmon, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a letter accompanying comments posted online, the Los Angeles Times reports.