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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.

NRG picks up mobile solar startup

Source: 
The New York Times

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.

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EIA: Gas prices will drop through December

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 could waive regs to get Tesla battery factory

Source: 
Los Angeles Times

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.

Fate of wind PTC remains uncertain in Congress

Source: 
E&E

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.

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