The one potential energy bill that could win enactment this year is expected to emerge in draft form as soon as this week from Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden.
Wyden, D-Ore., had not tipped his hand on the exact timing of the a package of business tax breaks extenders or renewals that he has said should include the renewable energy Production Tax Credit, a key support for the wind industry that expired in December.
Wednesday night saw Texas hit a new mark in generating wind power -- 10,000 megawatts -- which experts attribute to the new western transmission lines completed at a cost of $7 billion last December, FuelFix reports.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature has rejected two bills to change the state's wind energy laws aimed at ensuring projects benefit the state economically and don't hinder the beauty of the state's natural resources.
The Democratic-led Senate voted 21-14 on Thursday in favor of rejecting Republican Gov. Paul LePage's proposal to add that Maine wants to lower electricity prices and expand economic opportunities through wind power to its current megawatt targets.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A company that wants to build transmission lines to move wind energy from Kansas to Indiana has announced its proposed route through Missouri, but opponents say they'll continue the fight to keep the towers and lines away from their land.
Clean Line Energy Partners, based in Houston, hopes to begin construction as early as 2016 on its Grain Belt Express Clean Line. The company on Wednesday asked the Missouri Public Service Commission to approve the route through northern Missouri. No hearing date has been set.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Developers have invested more than $6 billion in wind farm construction in Oklahoma and the state now ranks sixth in the nation in the amount of wind energy generated for consumers, according to a new study released Wednesday that was commissioned by The Wind Coalition.
The study found that construction and operation of wind farms between 2003 and 2012 produced more than $1 billion in products and services in the state, more than 4,000 jobs in wind energy and supporting industries, and a labor income of more than $340 million.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is refusing to turn over documents related to enforcement of environmental laws at wind farms where dozens of eagles and other protected birds have been killed, House Republicans charged Wednesday.
Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., said the Fish and Wildlife Service has engaged in a "deliberate slow rolling of documents and answers" for nearly a year. Hastings is chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, which has been seeking to compel the wildlife agency turn over internal documents related to its enforcement of laws protecting eagles and other birds.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators moved Tuesday night toward repealing the state's renewable energy standards for electric utilities, an idea pushed by conservative, small-government groups and the powerful Kansas Chamber of Commerce.
The state Senate approved a repeal bill on a 25-15 vote, despite strong objections from environmentalists and wind energy companies. The measure goes next to the House.
A proposal to put dozens of wind turbines in place in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay area may be backed by Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley, but others in his party oppose the plans, concerned that the turbines may interfere with military radar systems in the area, E&E reports.
The wind power industry is developing new technologies to boost its price competitiveness against traditional energy sources, including the pilot Buoyant Airborne Turbine that could harness wind at 1,000 feet, The New York Times reports.
Trying to phase out old DOT-111 tank cars within two years, as proposed in new Department of Transportation regulations, could trigger a shortage and hurt oil and ethanol production, industry officials warned, Platts reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency, ahead of four public hearings set for next week on its proposed rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants, says it has already received 300,000 comments on the regulation, The Hill reports.
Texas and Oklahoma -- states that are home to some of the biggest critics of President Obama’s climate policy – would have the most to gain from his administration’s proposed carbon rule because of the boost it would provide the natural gas industry, according to a study being released Thursday by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Rhodium Group, The New York Times reports.
Canada’s Talisman Energy has confirmed that it’s in talks to sell some of its assets to Spain’s Repsol, which analysts speculate may include interests in Marcellus Shale and Eagle Ford Shale, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., says the latest measure he’s introduced to speed Energy Department consideration of LNG export permits –- which would require action within 45 days of a preliminary application being filed with the Federal Energy regulatory Commission -– is a good compromise on the issue, The Hill reports.
Carbon capture should begin at the Kemper County Energy Facility in the fall, and operations at the coal-fired plant are on track for a May start date, according to officials of Southern Co. subsidiary Mississippi Power, E&E reports.
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.
Renewable energy advocates attending a public meeting Wednesday asked the Utah Public Service Commission to reject an application from Rocky Mountain Power to charge customers with solar panels an extra fee, the Deseret News reports.
Staff and former members of the Chemical Safety Board continue to paint a picture of an agency in turmoil even as Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso maintains the CSB is getting its workload under control, National Journal reports.