Virginia has moved closer to its goal of setting up a research turbine on the Outer Continental Shelf off the state's coast to gather wind data, now that BOEM has found no competing interests in the area, Newsplex.com reports.
Power generated by the planned Hancock Wind project in Maine will be sold to Burlington Electric Department in Vermont, according to a deal announced Friday by wind farm operator First Wind, the Boston Globe reports.
The Obama administration has nearly finished work on the rule that would allow, without penalty, the disturbance or killing of eagles by large wind farms and other energy facilities for as long as 30 years, according to The Hill.
West Texas winds are powering a spurt in the share the renewable energy is contributing to the state’s electricity grid, according to Fuel Fix’s analysis of a U.S. Energy Information Administration report.
BOSTON (AP) — As it seeks investors, a project off the Massachusetts coast that aims to be the first U.S. offshore wind farm must reach fast-approaching benchmarks or risk missing out on hundreds of millions in critical funding, including $200 million from a Danish pension fund.
As the Institute for Energy Research and other free market groups begin a final push to end the federal wind Production Tax Credit, it has issued a states impact analysis saying the credit costs most states far more in tax subsidies than they get in support for wind farms.
The IER analysis, released late Sunday, contends that 30 states and the District of Columbia last year paid more overall for the 10-year credit than their wind producers received. The analysis lays the groundwork for an event scheduled Tuesday, in which IER and other conservative and fossil fuel groups will call on lawmakers to let the credit -- 2.3 cents per kilowatt hour -- expire on Dec. 31., despite lobbying by the wind industry.
In response to a request for comment, Rob Gramlich, senior vice president for public policy at the American Wind Energy Association, challenged the premise that wind power benefits only some states. "Wind is one of the most broadly dispersed energy sources, with manufacturing in 44 states now and turbines installed in 39 states plus Puerto Rico," he said in a statement.
Wind technology company Vestas announced a program called Wind for Prosperity to bring wind turbines to rural areas worldwide as part of an effort to bring low-cost energy to developing nations, The New York Times reports.
The inclusion of the U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement in a bipartisan budget deal won praise from oil industry groups and puts Congress on track to ratify the treaty before Jan. 17, FuelFix reports.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected the Environmental Protection Agency's rule allowing approval of certain heavy-duty truck engines that didn't meet 2001 emission standards, E&E reports.
University of Toronto chemists have discovered perfluorotributylamine, a made-made chemical that can exist as a greenhouse gas 7,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide and can linger in the atmosphere for 500 years, the Toronto Star reports.
Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., urged the Supreme Court to reject a lower court's ruling on the Environmental Protection Agency's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and reinstate the measure, National Journal reports.
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., introduced a bill to block EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy from traveling abroad without holding public meetings in coal-reliant states on the agency's carbon emission rules, The Hill reports.
University of California-Berkeley physicist and climate scientist Richard Muller urged environmentalist to embrace shale gas development as a means to reduce carbon and particulate matter emissions, E&E reports.