Renewable Energy

O'Malley vetoes wind-turbine moratorium bill in Md.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O'Malley vetoed a 13-month moratorium on building wind turbines within 56 miles of the U.S. Naval Air Station Patuxent River, saying the bill is unnecessary and would send a chilling message to renewable energy developers.

The bill would have delayed construction on wind turbines to wait for a study on how they could affect radar use around the base. Supporters of the bill argued it was important to consider needs of the base, a big economic engine in southern Maryland. But opponents contended it sent a bad message to businesses and harms wind farm development in Maryland.


Wind, biodiesel groups look for Senate to regroup on tax breaks

The failure to advance a bipartisan tax breaks renewals bill in the Senate on Thursday has added more uncertainty for the wind and biofuels industries, but trade groups that represent them still hope the incentives will get new life sooner than later.

Peter Kelley, a vice president for public affairs with the American Wind Energy Association, expressed optimism that Senate Democrats and Republicans will resolve their nasty fight over amendments that led to the bill being stopped on a largely party-line vote.

Austin-Recurrent Energy deal could create Texas’ biggest solar project

Austin Business Journal

It’s a 20-year deal for Austin Energy to buy 150 megawatts of solar power from Recurrent Energy, and it could create the biggest solar farm in Texas, as well as possibly offering the cheapest-ever prices on solar power, Austin Business Journal reports.

Solar unlikely to gain foothold in Texas despite prime conditions

National Journal

Energy policies in Texas are preventing solar energy from blossoming in the state, and will likely continue to do so, even though physical conditions give it great potential there, National Journal reports.

Maine regulators give nod to wind project

River Valley Sun Journal

Canton Mountain Wind has gotten a go-ahead from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection for an eight-turbine project, which could start operation as early as 2016, the River Valley Sun Journal reports.

Chile announces plans to deal with energy crunch

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's President Michelle Bachelet announced her plans to tackle the country's energy crunch on Thursday, looking to the wind and sun as well as fossil fuels to meet demand.

Bachelet said solar panels will be installed on all public buildings as part of an overall $250 million investment in energy over the next four years.

She also said the government will give Chile's state oil firm an additional $400 million to boost exploration and meet rising demand in the Andean country.

Supporters, opponents of wind tax credit jockey on Capitol Hill


The wind production tax credit, under consideration in the Senate now, has high profile champions like Finance chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore., as well as opponents like Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., but is likely to face a rougher ride in the Republican-controlled House, FuelFix reports.

Fuel cell maker Plug Power heading for loss: CEO


Increasing sales won’t overcome rising costs for fuel cell maker Plug Power this year, CEO Andy Marsh said in a conference call Wednesday, Bloomberg reports.

RI: Planned offshore wind farm picks up key approval

Rhode Island Public Radio

The Coastal Resources Management Council has given unanimous backing to Deepwater Wind’s proposal for a wind farm off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island Public Radio reports.

Permit submitted for proposed wind farm in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The developers of what could become the largest wind energy project in the U.S. have submitted their application for a state permit to build the wind farm.

The Power Company of Wyoming submitted its industrial siting permit application on Tuesday for its proposed Chokecherry/Sierra Madre wind farm south of Rawlins.

The Power Company is a wholly owned affiliate of Denver billionaire Phil Anschutz's The Anschutz Corp.


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