ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O'Malley vetoed a 13-month moratorium on building wind turbines within 56 miles of the U.S. Naval Air Station Patuxent River, saying the bill is unnecessary and would send a chilling message to renewable energy developers.
The bill would have delayed construction on wind turbines to wait for a study on how they could affect radar use around the base. Supporters of the bill argued it was important to consider needs of the base, a big economic engine in southern Maryland. But opponents contended it sent a bad message to businesses and harms wind farm development in Maryland.
The failure to advance a bipartisan tax breaks renewals bill in the Senate on Thursday has added more uncertainty for the wind and biofuels industries, but trade groups that represent them still hope the incentives will get new life sooner than later.
Peter Kelley, a vice president for public affairs with the American Wind Energy Association, expressed optimism that Senate Democrats and Republicans will resolve their nasty fight over amendments that led to the bill being stopped on a largely party-line vote.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The GOP chorus denouncing the Environmental Protection Agency move to lower the ozone standard was joined by House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., senior figures on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, as well as Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., who is chairman of the Republican Senate caucus, The Hill reports.
Ahead of the OPEC meeting in Vienna, oil prices recovered Wednesday from earlier drops triggered by word of a greater-than-expected increase in U.S. crude inventories as well as a comment from Saudi Arabia's oil minister that there would be no need for a production cut. West Texas Intermediate crude for January delivery slipped just 3 cents to $74.06 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent was 5 cents lower to $78.28, Bloomberg reports.
Freeport LNG has closed on financing deals – from Japanese sources -- for two of three planned liquefaction trains at its export facility, and should begin construction on its plant in Quintana, Texas this week, with operation projected to start in 2018, FuelFix reports.
Uranium prices are on track for an 18 percent increase in 2014, which would be the first annual gain for the energy commodity in four years and make it the best performing category in the sector, Bloomberg reports.
Nearly all of the claims dealt with through the settlement process after the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico spill were handled correctly, according to a third party audit released Tuesday by claims administrator Patrick Juneau, The Times-Picayune reports.
The legal fight over the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule could revolve around what’s meant by the words “adjacent” and “neighboring,” as well as how the regulation defines a flood plain, E&E reports.
After a shareholder lawsuit filed to stop the $2.86 billion merger announced in June between C&J Energy Services and the fracking business of Nabors Industries, a judge in Delaware Tuesday ordered a 30-day suspension to allow for competing offers, but C&J said it would appeal, FuelFix reports.
Oncor’s proposal to install battery storage across the grid in Texas is coming in for criticism from a state lawmaker – Republican State Sen. Troy Fraser said his support for the $5.2 billion project came before he realized an increase in transmission rates would be part of the package, The Dallas Morning News reports.
Speaking about the failure of Google’s renewable energy project RE<C, two engineers, writing in IEE Spectrum recently, said trying to fight climate change using only existing technologies like wind and solar energy won’t work, Fox News reports.