Wind powered-electricity could reach parity with natural gas by 2019, if not sooner, under a hypothetical wind Production Tax Credit renewal and phaseout modeled by the Congressional Research Service, according to E&E.
New turbine designs could cut bird deaths at wind farms, and researchers and energy companies hope to put their theories to the test around Altamont Pass in California, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Wind power companies are rushing to ink deals, order parts and launch construction of new projects to benefit from the wind Production Tax Credit set to expire at the end of the year, The New York Times reports.
Deepwater Wind said it expects its planned Block Island wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island will qualify for the federal wind Production Tax Credit set to expire at the end of the year, Bloomberg reports.
Support for a review of any proposal to send Canadian oil sands crude through the Portland Montreal Pipe Line by Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire has environmentalists wondering if she will rethink her support for the Keystone XL project, E&E reports.
The Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that pits an electronics manufacturer against North Carolina landowners over groundwater pollution and whether a state statute takes precedence over federal law that exempts toxic waste cases from deadlines, E&E reports.
All four candidates vying for the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., in the November election said they didn’t think climate change was a fact, when asked the question in a debate Tuesday night, The Hill reports.
Arch Coal’s investment in DKRW’s proposed coal gasification plant has cost it $57 million, according to the annual report the company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Casper Star-Tribune reports.
The EU’s top energy official will discuss sending gas to Ukraine through Slovakia in negotiations Thursday, and on Monday Moscow hosts Kiev’s energy minister for talks on Russian gas prices for Ukraine, Reuters reports.
Phil Radford, who became the youngest person to head the American operation for Greenpeace, is departing after four years of working on broadening the environmental group’s reach, National Journal reports.
The Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection has lifted an eight month ban on the country’s two biggest refiners starting new projects, after China National Petroleum Corp. and Sinopec met pollution targets, The Wall Street Journal reports.