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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Plants would no longer be exempt from air pollution regulations when they’re starting up, shutting down or malfunctioning, under a new regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency, The Hill reports.
A series of major energy and environmental regulations will be published by federal agencies between June and August, including the Environmental Protection Agency’s rules limiting power plant carbon emissions, the Interior Department’s rule protecting streams from mountaintop removal coal mining, and the Obama administration strategy for cutting methane emissions, The Hill reports.
A group of senators - 17 Democrats and Independent Bernie Sanders - has written to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, asking her to stop Royal Dutch Shell or anyone else from drilling in the Arctic, Reuters reports.
The reaction in Washington to this week’s oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara has been muted, National Journal reports, despite wishes expressed by environmentalists that the incident generate backing for policies moving the country away from fossil fuels.
A website set up by Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., to collect grievances about federal regulation and bureaucracy has received complaints about a wide variety of the Environmental Protection Agency’s pending regulations, E&E reports.
Mississippi electric power cooperatives are backing away from a deal in which they would take 15 percent ownership of the Kemper County coal plant that will use carbon capture technology, because they said the power it generates would end up being too expensive, E&E reports.
A stronger dollar combined with the drop of only 1 oil rig in Baker Hughes’ weekly count sent crude prices sliding Friday. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude lost 1.6 percent, or $1, to settle at $59.72 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent was $1.17 , or 1.8 percent, lower, at $65.37, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Standard & Poor’s thinks oil companies that have managed to survive the slide in crude prices by borrowing more money may start running into trouble in the coming months, particularly if the price stays in the $50 range, FuelFix reports.
A new analysis concludes that wells in Mountrail and McKenzie counties in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale are productive enough to remain profitable even with oil prices around $60 a barrel, FuelFix reports.
With oil prices dramatically lower than a year ago, AAA predicts that more than 37 million people will travel more than 50 miles over the Memorial Day weekend - the most since 2005, The New York Times reports.