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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HELSINKI (AP) — Norwegian energy companies Statoil and Statkraft have announced plans to build a wind farm off the British coast in a 15 billion kroner ($2.4 billion) investment, expected to be completed in 2017.
Statoil, the operator of the Dudgeon offshore project, says construction of the 67 turbines will begin in 2016. With a total generation capacity of 402 MW, they will provide energy for some 410,000 households.
The announcement Tuesday of a conditional $150 million loan by Energy Department to the Cape Wind offshore wind farm project was showcased by the administration as a key part of its climate action plan, one that will spur the offshore renewable energy sector.
It also marked a more confident use of taxpayer money to back renewable energy in the wake of the $529 million Solyndra solar company failure and other high-profile, if limited, losses of taxpayer money during President Barack Obama's first term.
Yet the question remains: Can the government replicate the success it has claimed for onshore wind in offshore waters?
The Department of Energy is promising Cape Wind a $150 million loan guarantee for its project to install 100 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound, putting the company 60 percent of the way toward raising the $2.5 billion it will need, The Boston Globe reports.
Vestas Wind Systems, the Danish company that’s the world’s biggest maker of wind turbines, will supply 225 of them to EDF Energy to be used in the Roosevelt Wind Project in New Mexico and in Slate Creek in Kansas, generating 450 megawatts of power, Bloomberg reports.
Declining costs of producing wind energy are helping the business to take off in Michigan, and it’s likely to get a further boost from the Obama administration moves to cut carbon emissions, the Detroit Free Press reports.
E&E profiles Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. the new ranking member of the Interior and Environment Appropriations subcommittee, who it describes as "the Democrats' first line of defense" against Republican lawmakers’ attacks on Obama administration environment and natural resources policies.
The Obama administration is considering a request from Shell and other companies to stop the clock on their 10-year leases to drill in the Arctic, and a decision on the suspensions will be resolved “relatively soon,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing Wednesday, FuelFix reports.
An Arctic caucus to discuss energy, environment, trade and defense issues has been created by Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska and Angus King, I-Maine, ahead of the U.S. taking on the chairmanship of the intergovernmental Arctic Council, The Hill reports.
Libya’s National Oil Co. says it is no longer able to guarantee security at the 11 oilfields in the center of the country, and has declared force majeure to protect it from legal action against any supply disruptions, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Saudi Arabia has no plans to trim its production, oil minister Ali al-Naimi said in a Berlin speech Wednesday, adding that oil demand is increasing gradually and the price has stabilized following last year’s plunge, Bloomberg reports.
As the strike at U.S. refineries looks to drag on into the spring – fresh union-management talks will take place next week after a session Wednesday – LyondellBasell Industries says it has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that the United Steelworkers has threatened people crossing picket lines, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Household products that contain environmentally safe ingredients will bear a “Safer Choice” label in the future, under a revamped Environmental Protection Agency program that Administrator Gina McCarthy is promoting with a blog and a video, The Hill reports.
Carnegie Mellon University hopes to cut its utilities bill 10 percent - $2 million a year - using a cloud-based analytics system to find and fix energy inefficiencies on campus, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.