New turbine designs could cut bird deaths at wind farms, and researchers and energy companies hope to put their theories to the test around Altamont Pass in California, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Wind power companies are rushing to ink deals, order parts and launch construction of new projects to benefit from the wind Production Tax Credit set to expire at the end of the year, The New York Times reports.
Deepwater Wind said it expects its planned Block Island wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island will qualify for the federal wind Production Tax Credit set to expire at the end of the year, Bloomberg reports.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and nine Republican senators wrote Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., to urge him to abandon attempts to renew the federal wind Production Tax Credit set to expire at year's end, The Hill reports.
House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif. and top Democrat Rep. Eliot Engel of New York are leading a congressional delegation to Ukraine next week, at a time when more lawmakers are pushing U.S. natural gas exports to eastern Europe and when tensions in the region are increasing, The Hill reports.
Anticipating an increase in oil demand from the latest U.S. and Chinese data, as well as continued concerns over the Ukraine crisis, benchmark crude for May delivery gained 45 cents to $104.21 in electronic trading on Nymex, while in London Brent crude was up 7 cents to $109.67 in Thursday morning trading, Reuters reports.
An official at China's Ministry of Commerce said the government “will spare no efforts” in appealing a World Trade Organization ruling that its export restrictions on rare earths violated global trade rules, The Wall Street Journal reports.
In comments filed with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, oil companies and trade groups have argued against proposed tougher standards on oilfields, with one official with Continental Resources likening the idea to “prescribing painkillers for a paper cut,” FuelFix reports.
Recently resigned Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is weighing requests from fellow Democrats to run against Republican Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas, The New York Times reports, although it notes winning would be a tough task.
The Missouri Farm Bureau has filed with the state Public Utilities Commission opposing Clean Line Energy's application to be granted eminent domain status for a proposed route for its Grain Belt Express transmission line, which would bring wind-generated electricity from Kansas to Illinois, KQTV reports.
House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton leveled fresh criticism of President Obama’s energy policies after a report from the Congressional Research Service found that oil and gas production declined on federal leases, The Hill reports.