Renewable Energy

NTSB: South Dakota plane that crashed fragmented

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The fragmented pieces of a small airplane that collided with a South Dakota wind turbine will be taken to Colorado so investigators can try to determine why the pilot was flying so low and how the aircraft went down.

The single-engine Piper crashed Sunday evening in fog 10 miles south of Highmore, killing the pilot and three cattlemen returning from a sale in Texas of live cattle and embryos.

Possible factors to be investigated include trouble with the pilot or plane and weather, said Jennifer Rodi, a National Transportation Safety Board investigator who spent Tuesday on the scene.

Wave-energy company opts out of Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A company that was planning a wave energy installation off the Oregon coast that could have powered 1,000 homes has said it will instead undertake the project in Australia.

Ocean Power Technologies is suspending the Oregon project because it lacked money to comply with unexpected regulatory requirements, the company said last month in a report to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Pennington, N.J., company also said it's surrendering a preliminary permit it received from the government.

Hawaii wants Hawaiian Electric to develop plans for renewables

HONOLULU (AP) — The state Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday ordered Hawaiian Electric Co. to reduce energy costs and accommodate more solar power and other renewable energy on the grid.

Hawaiian Electric must submit its plans for carrying out the orders within four months, said Michael Champley, one of three commissioners who announced the orders with Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

The utility must address the inability some consumers have in connecting rooftop solar panels to the grid because so many of their neighbors have done so already, Champley said. The utility must accommodate more photovoltaic panels, he added.

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Groups urge vote on Senate efficiency bill

As election-year political clouds darken the prospects for passage of energy efficiency legislation in the Senate, efficiency groups again tried to rally support for the voluntary efficiency bill by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Rob Portman.

A letter signed by more than 80 groups on Monday called on Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to hold votes on the legislation "as soon as possible."

Deadly plane crash at South Dakota wind farm

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A small airplane heading back to South Dakota after a Texas cattle sale crashed into a wind farm in foggy weather, killing the pilot and three passengers.

Elizabeth Cory, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the Piper 32 was traveling from Hereford, Texas, to Gettysburg, South Dakota. The single-engine plane was registered to Donald J. "D.J." Fischer of Gettysburg, according to the FAA.

Vermont's Welch pushes for larger electric car tax credit

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont U.S. Rep. Peter Welch said Monday he wants to make it easier to buy electric cars by increasing the size of the federal tax credit for the vehicles and making those credits available at car dealerships.

The Democrat said increasing the size of the tax credit to $10,000 and making it easier to take advantage of would make the vehicles more affordable for middle-income people.

Electric car buyers are now eligible for credits up to $7,500 through their tax return.

Moniz, Clark address National Hydropower Conference

Washington, April 29, 2014, 9:00 am

National Hydropower Association Annual Conference Day 2. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, DOE Loan Programs Office Executive Director Peter Davidson, DOE Wind and Water Power Technologies Office Director Jose Zayas appear at morning plenary; FERC Commissioner Tony Clark delivers luncheon speech. Conference continues Wednesday.

New Utah laws aimed at improving air quality


Environmental advocates say more can be done even as they hailed Utah’s moves to improve air quality, commenting on Governor Gary Herbert Friday signing eight bills including measures to aid electric cars and encourage the use of biodiesel fuel, KTVX reports.

Wave energy efforts sink in US

The New York Times

Ocean Power shuttering its buoy project in Oregon and shifting to Australia illustrates problems the technology is having getting up and running in the U.S., The New York Times reports.


Conservative groups push House to let wind tax credit die

Free market and conservative groups on Friday called on House tax writers not to renew the wind Production Tax Credit, which would get a two-year extension under a Senate tax breaks bill.

The letter by 31 groups to House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., and ranking Democratic Rep. Sander Levin, also of Michigan, signaled their intent to fight inclusion of the credit in legislation to extend or make permanent business tax breaks.


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