The amount of new wind power – nearly 4,900 megawatts worth – quadrupled last year, compared to 2013, according to the American Wind Energy Association, which said that Colorado added the most jobs in the sector, The Denver Post reports.
Language in a defense appropriations measure introduced last August by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., was one obstacle cited by a subsidiary of Pioneer Green Energy as it announced it was putting plans on hold for a wind farm in the Chesapeake Bay area, The Delmarva Daily Times reports.
Some officials in and around Palm Springs are concerned that conservation areas mapped out in the comprehensive renewable energy plan for the region may create obstacles to wind projects in their communities, The Desert Sun reports.
A wind farm being developed by a subsidiary of Bordas Wind Energy will supply Dow Chemical’s manufacturing plant in Freeport, Texas with 200 megawatts of power per year, the Midland Daily News reports.
A Energy Department report released Thursday said win energy could account for 35 percent of total U.S. electric generation in 2050, and be viable in all 50 states - if the industry takes the right steps.
Those steps include making improvements to technology to cut wind energy costs, developing wind energy in new locations and expanding transmission, Obama administration officials said in a conference call. They said the environmental and economic benefits from such growth would be significant.
Jim Gordon, president of the stalled offshore project Cape Wind, has offered praise for the push to get a wind power coalition off the ground, and also backed a measure introduced in the state legislature that would require utilities to buy certain quantities of wind and hydropower, WWLP reports.
Exchange Traded Funds linked to the oil market have seen $2.7 billion in investor outflows in the past four weeks, The Wall Street Journal reports, noting that the movement could be a signal that crude prices will resume falling.
New England governors gathering in Connecticut for an energy summit last week agreed electricity prices are a problem for the region and pledged cooperation to confront it, but came away without specific solutions, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports.
The Vatican summit on climate change set for Tuesday is part of a campaign by Pope Francis on the issue, according to National Journal, which questions whether it will have an impact on Republican politicians such as Sen. Marco Rubio and House Speaker John Boehner.