Google’s data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa will be run on wind power from MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co., according to Bloomberg, which reports that the tech giant has agreed to buy 407 megawatts from Warren Buffet’s company.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers broke an impasse over energy policy on Tuesday, approving wind power regulations that end a moratorium on new turbines producing clean energy.
The legislature's Regulation Review Committee approved rules that require setbacks, address concerns over noise and shadows created by spinning turbine blades, stipulate how siting officials may measure the height of wind turbines and provide other technical details. For example, a wind power developer must submit a visual impact report that analyzes how each of the proposed wind turbines sites is visible along with any alternative locations.
The company behind the proposed $2 billion Rock Island Clean Line, the transmission line which would bring 3,500 megawatts of wind energy from Iowa to Illinois, claims the project could bring Chicago residents electricity savings, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The Missouri Farm Bureau has filed with the state Public Utilities Commission opposing Clean Line Energy's application to be granted eminent domain status for a proposed route for its Grain Belt Express transmission line, which would bring wind-generated electricity from Kansas to Illinois, KQTV reports.
Texas on track to build more than 7,000 megawatts of new wind projects in 2014, although not all will be completed, The Dallas Morning New reports, noting that interest has been boosted by the Competitive Renewable Energy Zone project.
A sharp drop in wind farm installations last year, followed by a surge of new construction heading into 2014, sprang from uncertainties surrounding the federal tax treatment of wind power, the American Wind Energy Association said Thursday.
Installations last year fell 92 percent and sector employment fell by 30,000 jobs because the renewable energy Production Tax Credit was not extended into 2013 until Jan. 2, as part of the fiscal cliff deal that included numerous short-term tax break renewals. AWEA said in its annual report, also issued Thursday, that the renewal "came too late to avoid damage to our industry."
The Dec. 31 deadline to qualify for the credit before it ran out again caused a huge surge in activity, however. Some 95 projects were underway with a capacity of more than 12,000 megawatts by year's end, nearly all of it starting in the fourth quarter.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. subsidiary of Swedish furniture retailer IKEA announced Thursday that it is buying a long-planned wind-energy project in eastern Illinois as part of the company's initiative to offset its energy use with renewable energy generation.
And IKEA insists the project, which has not yet been built, is more than public relations. The company believes that, long term, wind energy will help the company's bottom line, Chief Financial Officer Rob Olson said.
But right now wind power is a struggling business. Cheap natural gas and the end of a federal tax break for wind-power producers have left wind generation unprofitable.
After the Maine Supreme Court ruled against a joint venture between First Wind and Canadian firm Emera Inc., the state's Department of Environmental protection has asked the wind developer for fresh guarantees that it can fund the projects it has started, the Portland Press Herald reports.
Officials with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management got an earful about possible effects of offshore wind turbines on fishing, at a meeting Tuesday on Long Island to discuss possible lease sales for wind farms in the region, Newsday reports.
Support for a review of any proposal to send Canadian oil sands crude through the Portland Montreal Pipe Line by Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire has environmentalists wondering if she will rethink her support for the Keystone XL project, E&E reports.
The Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that pits an electronics manufacturer against North Carolina landowners over groundwater pollution and whether a state statute takes precedence over federal law that exempts toxic waste cases from deadlines, E&E reports.
All four candidates vying for the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., in the November election said they didn’t think climate change was a fact, when asked the question in a debate Tuesday night, The Hill reports.
Arch Coal’s investment in DKRW’s proposed coal gasification plant has cost it $57 million, according to the annual report the company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Casper Star-Tribune reports.
The EU’s top energy official will discuss sending gas to Ukraine through Slovakia in negotiations Thursday, and on Monday Moscow hosts Kiev’s energy minister for talks on Russian gas prices for Ukraine, Reuters reports.
Phil Radford, who became the youngest person to head the American operation for Greenpeace, is departing after four years of working on broadening the environmental group’s reach, National Journal reports.
The Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection has lifted an eight month ban on the country’s two biggest refiners starting new projects, after China National Petroleum Corp. and Sinopec met pollution targets, The Wall Street Journal reports.