Renewable Energy

Va. seeks to smooth way for offshore wind energy

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The state is teaming up with Dominion Virginia Power in a research project that is intended to smooth the way for the development of an offshore wind industry.

The Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advance Project proposes putting two 6-megawatt wind turbines on platforms designed to withstand hurricane-force winds. The turbines would be located 24 nautical miles (27 statute miles) off Virginia Beach.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced Thursday it is seeking written public comment on the project as it prepares an environmental assessment. It scheduled a meeting for April 3 in Virginia Beach for the public to speak out on the proposal.

Riverside County approves solar project for desert

Source: 
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside, California's biggest solar project has gotten approval from the county board of supervisors -- NextEra is intending to cover 7.5 acres with panels to generate 750 megawatts of power, The Press-Enterprise reports.

Faced with dispute over net metering, La. postpones decision on solar rules

Source: 
The Advocate

The Louisiana Public Service Commission has postponed a decision on solar rules and ordered further study, as several rural utilities in the state said agency rules let them put a stop to net metering when more than half of one percent of their customers install solar panels, The Advocate reports.

Electric car credit under review in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — Tax credits for low- and no-emission vehicles would be eliminated or scaled back under a plan from Georgia lawmakers who say the incentives are too generous, but manufacturers are concerned the plan would put a dent in their sales.

House lawmakers have approved a plan from state Rep. Chuck Martin, R-Alpharetta, that would repeal a maximum $5,000 tax credit for consumers who buy or lease electric vehicles and up to $2,500 in tax credits for low-emission vehicles. The proposal is now pending before the state Senate.

Some Illinois counties oppose wind-power bill

Source: 
The News-Gazette

Some counties in Illinois are raising objections to legislation that would give the state Department of Agriculture the authority to regulate the locations of power-generating wind turbines, The News-Gazette reports.

Pearce: MIT study validates concerns over SunZia

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Massachusetts Institute of Technology study on the potential impacts of the SunZia transmission line on White Sands Missile Range validates concerns over the project, a state lawmaker said Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters on a conference call, Rep. Steve Pearce, R-Hobbs, said the study proves key U.S. Department of Defense concerns that the proposed 500-mile transmission project could interfere with missile tests.

Contentious solar energy issue raised in Colorado

DENVER (AP) — When Xcel Energy raised questions about a system known as net metering that helps determine the credit homeowners get from utility companies for putting solar panels on their roofs, regulators found the issue so contentious they separated it from a review of the renewable-energy policies of Colorado's largest utility.

On Wednesday, Colorado's Public Utilities Commission set a hearing in April to start what is likely to be a protracted process of addressing questions solar proponents fear could lead to changes that could hurt their industry.

Although most states have net-metering policies, the practice has touched off debates from Vermont to Hawaii that could have a profound effect on renewable-energy policies across the nation.

Lagos aims to use trash to make electric power

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — At Lagos' largest dump, dozens of men gather to sort iron, plastic and nylon atop a 20-foot wall of garbage where hundreds of white herons compete to eat the spoils.

Lagos is engulfed in waste. With a population of more than 20 million, the city has garbage that piles up on streets, outside homes and along the waterways and lagoons, creating eyesores and putrid smells. The booming city also has major electricity shortages and many residents rely on diesel generators that cloud the air with black exhaust.

Lagos is turning these problems into an advantage by starting a program to convert waste into methane gas to generate electricity. A pilot program at a local market has already shown success on a small scale. Lagos' waste management program is also organizing recycling to clean up the biggest city in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country of about 170 million people.

Minnesota regulator hearing arguments about solar power value

Source: 
E&E

Minnesota's Public Utilities Commission is hearing arguments Wednesday on how to value customer-generated solar power, E&E reports.

Active trading in fuel cell stocks Tuesday

Source: 
Marketwatch

FuelCell Energy Inc. was the most actively traded stock in U.S. markets Tuesday morning, hitting a multiyear high in intraday trading before closing lower, shares in Plug Power Inc. also finished down, Marketwatch reports.

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