Three Atlantic Ocean areas off North Carolina will be made available for offshore wind energy development, the Interior Department announced Monday, including one that was placed farther out to sea to avoid being seen from Kitty Hawk and from another historic site on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
The areas to be open to leasing total nearly 308,000 acres: the 122,405-acre Kitty Hawk area situated 24 miles off the coast, and two others located 10 and 15 miles off Wilmington, respectively, near the border with South Carolina.
The Wyoming Industrial Siting Council has given unanimous approval for a proposal to build what could be the largest land-based wind farm in the country -– Power Company of Wyoming’s Chokecherry and Sierra Madre project -- which would have up to 1,000 turbines generating up to 3,000 megawatts of electricity, the Casper Star-Tribune reports.
Because publicly-funded transmission lines have brought the cost of wind-generated power down, Austin Energy is charging only 1 cent per kilowatt hour extra to customers who want to use the GreenChoice program and get their electricity from wind sources, StateImpact Texas reports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three GOP presidential hopefuls - Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. - are co-sponsoring a bill to block the Environmental Protection Agency's Waters of the United States rule, The Hill reports. Paul announced the bill Friday.
A report from the center-right think tank American Action Forum estimates that the Environmental Protection Agency's power plant carbon rules could eventually force more than 90 coal-fired plants to retire and cost the economy nearly 300,000 jobs, The Washington Times reports.