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Clean energy jobs return, but at reduced pace

The number of new clean energy and transportation jobs announced by developers more than doubled in the second quarter compared to first quarter of this year, to 12,500, the business group Environmental Entrepreneurs reported.

The sector rebounded after a dip in the first quarter, when about 5,600 jobs were added nationally. Still, the number for the second quarter was only about a third of the 38,600 jobs announced in the same period last year, when the renewable energy sector was surging.

Alabama wind plans dropped due to strict regs

Source: 
AL.com

New Alabama regulations affecting the wind industry led Pioneer Green Energy to scrap plans for two wind farms in the state, a company lawyer told AL.com.

Longer term wind power growth uncertain

Source: 
Platts

Wind energy is expected to grow in the U.S. over the next two years, but the expiration of the wind Production Tax Credit has cast doubt on the future beyond 2015 despite declines in cost and prices, says the Department of Energy’s annual report on the sector, according to Platts.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Maryland offshore wind auction nets $8.7m from US Wind

The Interior Department said a subsidiary of Italian company Toto Holding on Tuesday won an offshore wind lease auction for a nearly 80,000-acre area off Maryland with a bid of more than $8.7 million.

The provisional winning bid by US Wind Inc. was more than the combined high bids from the department's two previous Atlantic offshore wind lease sales, which pulled in a total of about $5.4 million.

Court orders NJ to reconsider wind farm

Source: 
The Record

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has to look again at the wind farm proposed by Fishermen’s Energy that it rejected in March, in part because of a $47 million grant the Department of Energy awarded to the project in May, according to a ruling from a state appeals court, The Record reports.

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Maryland offshore wind lease sale to reveal interest in state subsidy plan

The Interior Department is set to hold its third competitive Atlantic Ocean offshore wind energy lease sale on Tuesday, one that has attracted the interest of more than a dozen companies who could tap into Maryland's new subsidy program. 

The lease sale makes available nearly 80,000 acres extending to the east and south from about 10 miles off Ocean City, Md., with 16 companies signed up to bid, the department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said.

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Moniz: Wind power future in hands of Congress

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz wants the public -- and Congress -- to know that the average cost of wind power has reached a new low, but future growth of the industry depends on renewal of the wind Production Tax Credit.

The credit expired at the end of last year, but because it applied to projects that had gotten underway, the industry has had time to lobby lawmakers for a renewal before construction falls off after those projects are completed. 

Wyoming wind farm viable without tax credit, says CEO

Source: 
Casper Star-Tribune

Bill Miller, CEO of Power Company of Wyoming LLC, says his firm’s Chokecherry and Sierra Madre 3,000-megawatt wind farm would benefit if Congress restored the wind production tax credit, but the project will go ahead regardless, the Casper Star-Tribune reports.

BOEM holds Maryland offshore wind lease sale

Washington, August 19, 2014, 8:30 am

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management holds online lease auction for wind development leases off the Maryland coast. 

Wind farm backers write to Mikulski

Source: 
DelmarvaNow

A group of 21 environmental and clean energy groups have sent a letter to Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., asking her to remove language from a defense appropriations bill that would delay construction of a Pioneer Green Energy wind farm in the Chesapeake Bay area over fears it would interfere with operations at the nearby Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Gannett’s DelmarvaNow reports.

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