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

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.

Interior Department photo

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

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


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.

Fate of wind PTC remains uncertain in Congress


Efforts to renew the expired wind production tax credit have stalled in the Senate logjam so far this year, and any future push to revive it may depend on the outcome of the November elections, in particular whether Republicans win control of the Senate, E&E reports.

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Interior moves forward with N.C. offshore wind plan

Three Atlantic Ocean areas off North Carolina will be made available for offshore wind energy development, the Interior Department announced Monday, including one that was placed farther out to sea to avoid being seen from Kitty Hawk and from another historic site on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The areas to be open to leasing total nearly 308,000 acres: the 122,405-acre Kitty Hawk area situated 24 miles off the coast, and two others located 10 and 15 miles off Wilmington, respectively, near the border with South Carolina.

Giant Wyoming wind farm gets significant state approval

Casper Star-Tribune

The Wyoming Industrial Siting Council has given unanimous approval for a proposal to build what could be the largest land-based wind farm in the country -– Power Company of Wyoming’s Chokecherry and Sierra Madre project -- which would have up to 1,000 turbines generating up to 3,000 megawatts of electricity, the Casper Star-Tribune reports.


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