Maine regulators give nod to wind project

River Valley Sun Journal

Canton Mountain Wind has gotten a go-ahead from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection for an eight-turbine project, which could start operation as early as 2016, the River Valley Sun Journal reports.

Supporters, opponents of wind tax credit jockey on Capitol Hill


The wind production tax credit, under consideration in the Senate now, has high profile champions like Finance chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore., as well as opponents like Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., but is likely to face a rougher ride in the Republican-controlled House, FuelFix reports.

RI: Planned offshore wind farm picks up key approval

Rhode Island Public Radio

The Coastal Resources Management Council has given unanimous backing to Deepwater Wind’s proposal for a wind farm off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island Public Radio reports.

Permit submitted for proposed wind farm in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The developers of what could become the largest wind energy project in the U.S. have submitted their application for a state permit to build the wind farm.

The Power Company of Wyoming submitted its industrial siting permit application on Tuesday for its proposed Chokecherry/Sierra Madre wind farm south of Rawlins.

The Power Company is a wholly owned affiliate of Denver billionaire Phil Anschutz's The Anschutz Corp.

Debate still raging over wind farms and bird deaths

Argus Leader

The American Bird Conservancy’s notification that it intends to take legal action against the Interior Department for its move to issue 30-year wind farm permits has triggered a new round of debate and discussion over the issue of bird deaths, Gannett’s Argus Leader reports.

Wind energy line gets FERC nod

The Hutchinson News

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has granted approval for Clean Line Energy to start selling capacity from its proposed Grain Belt Express transmission line that runs east from Kansas, but the project still needs an OK from Missouri regulators, The Hutchinson News reports.

Danish wind turbine maker Vestas back in the black

The New York Times

Danish turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems has surprised the market by turning a small profit in the first quarter, compared to a loss of 150 million euros a year earlier, on increased revenue and lower costs, The New York Times reports.

Wind turbine company agrees to protect whales in RI Sound

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The developer planning to build a wind farm in Rhode Island Sound has reached an agreement with environmental groups on construction practices designed to help protect whales.

Providence-based Deepwater Wind, which last year acquired two provisional leases and plans to put up to 200 turbines in the sound, announced a pact Wednesday with the Conservation Law Foundation, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the National Wildlife Federation.

US funds China-backed windmills NJ rejected twice

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy promised up to $47 million Wednesday to a Chinese-backed windmill project that has already been rejected twice by New Jersey regulators.

Fishermen's Energy says it hopes the federal funds will convince New Jersey to finally approve its plan to put five windmills about three miles off the coast of Atlantic City.

The energy department selected Fishermen's Energy as one of three windmill projects it says will lower costs, increase performance and overcome hurdles to installing more utility-scale turbines in American waters.

UMaine-led offshore wind project loses $47M grant

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A University of Maine-led effort to build an offshore wind pilot project was dealt a significant blow Wednesday when it failed to a win a competition for a $47 million federal grant, expected to be a key source of funding.

The U.S. Department of Energy's decision to pass over the Maine Aqua Ventus project for the grant means an uncertain future for the proposal, which would put a two turbine, 12-megawatt project off the coast of Monhegan Island, and the goal of making Maine a hub for offshore wind development.

While Maine it failed to win the grant, it will receive $3 million from the federal government to complete the design and engineering of the project. Officials said they remain confident they will secure funding for the demonstration of floating turbine technology called VolturnUS.


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