Mikulski action could delay, kill wind farm

The Washington Post

Language inserted by Senate Appropriations Committee chair Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., into the defense appropriations bill could block the Navy from finalizing a deal with Eastern Shore wind farm developers Pioneer Green Energy until a study into turbine effects is completed, set for next summer, The Washington Post reports.

NRG Yield’s $400M buy of Alta Wind to be financed with bonds


$400 million in green bonds will be sold by NRG Yield to pay for North America’s biggest wind farm, Alta Wind in California, which has a capacity of 947 megawatts, Bloomberg reports.

New Texas transmission system attracting wind farm clusters

The New York Times

The installation in Texas of a massive transmission system for wind energy, which can handle up to 18,000 megawatts, has encouraged development of clusters of wind farms in its competitive renewable energy zones, The New York Times reports.

Kansas Gov. Brownback reaffirms support for wind energy

The Wichita Eagle

Looking back on the failed attempt to repeal the renewable portfolio standard in the state legislature’s recent session, Gov. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., on Wednesday reaffirmed his support for wind energy and urged a compromise between supporters and opponents of renewables, The Wichita Eagle reports.

Offshore wind farms provide feeding ground for seals

Los Angeles Times

Some seals monitored with GPS tracking in Europe appear to consider offshore wind farms to be good places for them to find fish to eat, according to a study published this week in the journal Current Biology, the Los Angeles Times reports.


Next offshore wind leases planned for New Jersey

With enough companies interested in building wind farms off New Jersey's coast, the Interior Department is preparing to offer leases for nearly 344,000 acres in an offshore area that could generate 3,400 megawatts and power about 1.2 million homes.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's move is the third such recent announcement by the government, which has already made clear its intention to sell wind leases off the coasts of Massachusetts and Maryland.

China falling behind on offshore wind farm schedule


Three years ago, China launched a plan to build 5,000 megawatts of offshore wind capacity within four years, but officials are calling the goal unattainable with less than 10 percent of capacity installed, Bloomberg reports.

Appeals court sides with Chinese firm on wind farm project


The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit remanded a case brought by China's Ralls Corp. against the Obama administration to a district court, arguing President Obama violated the company's due process when he moved to stop an Oregon wind farm project on national security grounds without supplying adequate evidence, E&E reports.

Trade talks on $1 trillion in environmental goods

GENEVA (AP) — Diplomats from the United States, China and the European Union began talks Tuesday with 11 other countries toward a deal that would cut tariffs on almost $1 trillion of environmental goods.

The proposed agreement at the World Trade Organization would cover 86 percent of trade in goods such as solar panels and wind turbines for producing energy, filters for wastewater treatment and catalytic converters for air pollution control. U.S. exports of environmental goods reached $106 billion last year, and have grown 8 percent a year since 2009.

The negotiations also include Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland, and Chinese Taipei. They are meant to build on a list of 54 environmental goods put together by members of APEC — the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation for Pacific Rim economies — for which the governments hope to reduce tariffs to five percent or less by the end of 2015.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Interior to lease offshore wind area off Maryland

The Interior Department will make available 80,000 acres in waters off Maryland for wind power development, in its latest action by the Obama administration to spur development of Atlantic Ocean offshore wind farms.

The department said Wednesday the Aug. 19 competitive lease sale has so far attracted interest from 16 companies. It first proposed the sale in December.


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