The $7 billion project for new electricity transmission lines in Texas, called Competitive Renewable Energy Zones, or CREZ, has cut curtailment and congestion on the state’s grid network, according to the Energy Information Administration, FuelFix reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservation group says it's suing the Obama administration over a new federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to seek approval to kill or injure eagles for 30 years.
The lawsuit from the American Bird Conservancy was expected to be filed Thursday in federal court in San Jose, California. A copy of the complaint was obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday.
The group argues that the rule, which extended by 25 years the length of time companies may kill or injure eagles without fear of prosecution, is illegal because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to evaluate the consequences and ensure it would not damage eagle populations. The Obama administration classified the rule as an administrative change, excluding it from a full environmental review.
BOSTON (AP) — A large area off the coast of Massachusetts is being opened up for commercial wind energy leases, Gov. Deval Patrick and U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday.
The proposed area is more than 742,000 acres, or more than 1,160 square miles. That's larger than the land area of Rhode Island and will nearly double the federal offshore acreage available for commercial-scale wind energy projects.
The area is about 12 miles offshore, south of Martha's Vineyard, and will be auctioned as four leases, which officials hope to sell before the end of the year. Fourteen offshore wind energy companies have already expressed interest in the leases and that number could grow, Jewell said.
Information from the Department of Energy’s WINDExchange website divides the country up into regions rather than providing state-by-state breakdowns of information on wind energy, the Triangle Business Journal reports.
Days after Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, signed a measure to freeze the state’s green energy targets, he approved a bill that more than doubles the distance wind turbines have to be from a property line, the Plain Dealer reports.
Free market groups and the U.S. wind industry traded shots on Monday over the future of the wind Production Tax Credit, as both sides look to Congress to decide later this year whether to reinstate the incentive.
A coalition of 117 groups, led by the Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity, made a fresh public appeal to Congress to let the expired tax credit die permanently.
An agreement by the Environmental Protection Agency on standards for Argentinian biofuel makers to get credits in the U.S. could be a significant step toward opening the American market to imports, Reuters reports.
Ethanol stocks last week hit a two-year high of more than 20.6 million barrels, according to data from the Energy Information Administration, which said the rise came despite production inching down by 1,000 barrels a day, Platts reports.
Stung by lower oil and gasoline prices and raking in less from asset sales, Hess Corp. lost $8 million in the fourth quarter, compared to a profit of more than $1.9 billion in the period a year earlier, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Despite the Obama administration opening up the Atlantic to drilling in its proposed five-year leasing plan, major new projects are unlikely to proceed as long as oil prices remain under $50 a barrel, E&E reports.
The U.S. saw 4,850 megawatts of wind capacity added in 2014, more than four times the amount installed a year earlier, according to statistics from the trade group the American Wind Energy Association, which noted that much of the growth came in Texas, Bloomberg reports.
Releasing data on animal feeding operations to environmental groups under a Freedom of Information Act request didn’t harm the farmers involved, according to a ruling from federal Judge Ann Montgomery in Minnesota, who on Tuesday dismissed a motion for a summary judgment in the case, E&E reports.
Opower, which works with utilities to get reductions in customers’ energy use, has found that there is a drop during the Super Bowl, and in its Outlier blog presents the theory that watching TV in groups rather than as individuals is partly responsible, The Washington Post reports.
Climate modeling isn’t biased toward making links between human activity and climate change, according to a study published in the journal Nature online Wednesday, although researchers did find that studying 62-year trends – rather than 15-year periods -- gave a more accurate portrayal of mankind’s impact, the Los Angeles Times reports.
A laboratory complex set up by Southern California Edison in 2009 to keep the utility at the forefront of new developments in grid and energy technology gets results that gives the firm’s Advanced Technology Division an impact beyond its $19 million annual budget, Reuters reports.