A new Energy Department reports concludes that increasing the height of wind turbines by 100-200 feet could make wind farms feasible in more locations and increase the capacity of existing facilities, The New York Times reports.
PORT AUSTIN, Mich. (AP) — The sky above a tabletop-flat expanse of eastern Michigan farmland near Lake Huron is a well-traveled pathway for migratory birds journeying between summer nesting areas in Canada's boreal forests and wintering grounds to the south. Thanks to reliably brisk winds, the ground below is dotted with hundreds of electricity-generating turbines.
Federal guidelines from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service urge wind energy developers to locate turbines with special care in places such as the "Thumb" region of Michigan's mitten-shaped Lower Peninsula — or avoid them altogether, to prevent fatal collisions between birds and the towers' whirring blades. But an advocacy group says the government's voluntary approach is allowing too many wind farms to be built or planned for construction in important nesting areas and flight paths across large sections of the nation.
Wind power is failing to increase its foothold in the home of the Marcellus Shale gas fields, with no new wind farms coming online over the past year and none expected in the immediate future, the Tribune-Review reports.
A new report from the Iowa Wind Energy Association concludes the state could easily meet Environmental Protection Agency limits on power plant carbon emissions with the help of wind power, The Des Moines Register reports.
Xcel Energy says it will spend $300 million to buy and finish a North Dakota wind farm started by Geronimo Energy, a project that would qualify for a federal Wind Energy Production Tax Credit if finished before the end of 2016, the StarTribune reports.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — When the Obama administration cleared the way five years ago for the nation's first offshore wind farm to be built, advocates hoped it was the start of a new way of generating power along the East Coast.
That project, Cape Wind's wind farm off of Cape Cod, has stalled. And construction has only just begun for another, much smaller, offshore wind farm near Block Island.
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.
As many as 1,800 employees of Murray Energy could be notified today that they’ll be losing their jobs, according to CEO Robert Murray, who said “the tide is just too high” for his company in the face of low prices and demand for coal, the Tribune-Review reports.
Legislation introduced by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., sets “accountability measures” targeting the Environmental Protection Agency, to help industry that Capito says say is burdened by “onerous regulations and deeply flawed permitting process” when it comes to air pollution rules, The Hill reports.
Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., has introduced a measure extending the ban on offshore drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast, opposing legislation introduced by Republicans last week that would open the area to drilling as early as 2016, The Hill reports.
Oil prices were trading slightly lower early Friday following big gains the day before, ahead of the closely watched figures from Baker Hughes about the number of rigs drilling in the U.S. Light, sweet crude for July delivery was down 18 cents to $60.54 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London, Brent lost 15 cents to $66.39, The Wall Street Journal reports.
U.S. railroads transported 113,089 carloads of crude in the first quarter, according to the Association of American Railroads, a drop of almost 14 percent from the 4th quarter as lower prices impacted drillers, particularly in the Bakken Shale, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Vanguard Natural Resources says it will spend $474 million to take over upstream rival Eagle Rock Energy Partners LP, the second acquisition for the master limited partnership this spring, FuelFix reports.
Westchester County will pay a civil penalty record $1.1 million fine for failing to properly treat drinking water, overall spending around $12 million as part of a settlement of a federal lawsuit, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said, according to Reuters.