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Wind energy line gets FERC nod

Source: 
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

Source: 
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.

Maine public advocate no longer fighting wind energy deal

Source: 
Maine Center for Public Interest Reportiong

Northeast Wind, a joint venture between First Wind and Emera to build wind turbines, is no longer facing opposition from the office representing Maine utility customers, as the state public advocate has withdrawn his objections, according to the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting.

Cape Wind scored court win last week

Source: 
Boston Business Journal

The federal judge handing a legal victory to Cape Wind Friday appeared to be dismissing much of the opposition to its Nantucket Sound project, the Boston Business Journal reports.

Judge says wind farm lawsuit belongs in Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A state judge says a lawsuit over protections for eagles and other birds living adjacent to a wind farm near the Canada border should be heard in Montana.

San Diego Gas & Electric has accused the developer of the 126-turbine Rim Rock wind farm of concealing the risks the project poses to birds.

Spain-based wind power developer NaturEner says SDG&E simply wants out of an unfavorable contract to buy power credits from the project. SDG&E also wants to cancel a pledged $245 million investment.

Mars-Sumitomo partnership on Texas wind farm

Source: 
Bloomberg

Mars Inc. is making an investment to get renewable energy credits for offset, partnering with Sumitomo Corporation on the 200-megawatt “Mesquite Creek Wind” farm in Texas, Bloomberg reports.

NTSB: South Dakota plane that crashed fragmented

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The fragmented pieces of a small airplane that collided with a South Dakota wind turbine will be taken to Colorado so investigators can try to determine why the pilot was flying so low and how the aircraft went down.

The single-engine Piper crashed Sunday evening in fog 10 miles south of Highmore, killing the pilot and three cattlemen returning from a sale in Texas of live cattle and embryos.

Possible factors to be investigated include trouble with the pilot or plane and weather, said Jennifer Rodi, a National Transportation Safety Board investigator who spent Tuesday on the scene.

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