Block Island project set to become 1st for US offshore wind


The Block Island Wind Farm, to be built off the coast of Rhode Island, is on track to become the first offshore wind project operational in the U.S, E&E reports.

Pioneer unit gives up on Chesapeake wind farm

The Delmarva Daily Times

Language in a defense appropriations measure introduced last August by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., was one obstacle cited by a subsidiary of Pioneer Green Energy as it announced it was putting plans on hold for a wind farm in the Chesapeake Bay area, The Delmarva Daily Times reports.

Virginia moving ahead with offshore wind

Daily Press

An agreement Virginia has reached with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will permit Dominion Virginia Power to install two test turbines on the Outer Continental Shelf, the Daily Press reports.

Officials worry about limits on wind development in SoCal plan

The Desert Sun

Some officials in and around Palm Springs are concerned that conservation areas mapped out in the comprehensive renewable energy plan for the region may create obstacles to wind projects in their communities, The Desert Sun reports.

Dow agrees to wind deal to power Texas plant

Midland Daily News

A wind farm being developed by a subsidiary of Bordas Wind Energy will supply Dow Chemical’s manufacturing plant in Freeport, Texas with 200 megawatts of power per year, the Midland Daily News reports.


DOE report says wind could generate 35 percent of U.S. power by 2050

A Energy Department report released Thursday said win energy could account for 35 percent of total U.S. electric generation in 2050, and be viable in all 50 states - if the industry takes the right steps.

Those steps include making improvements to technology to cut wind energy costs, developing wind energy in new locations and expanding transmission, Obama administration officials said in a conference call. They said the environmental and economic benefits from such growth would be significant.

Cape Wind chief likes pending energy bill, backs industry coalition


Jim Gordon, president of the stalled offshore project Cape Wind, has offered praise for the push to get a wind power coalition off the ground, and also backed a measure introduced in the state legislature that would require utilities to buy certain quantities of wind and hydropower, WWLP reports.

Maine to re-examine wind deals


A drop in prices has prompted the Maine Public Utilities Commission to reconsider power purchase agreements reached in December with First Wind and NextEra Energy, despite the reservations of commissioner David Lutell, who said the move could call into question the commission's trustworthiness, Platts reports.

China wind power capacity jumps to record high

BEIJING (AP) — China boosted its installed wind energy capacity last year to a record 19.81 million kilowatts as the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter tries to switch its power grid to cleaner energy sources.

The National Energy Administration said Thursday that wind farms produced 153.4 billion kilowatt hours of electric power in 2014, making up 2.8 percent of total generated electricity.

Google to power its HQ with wind

San Jose Mercury News

Google says it is buying Altamont, one of the country’s oldest wind farms – with plans to update it – and has signed a 20-year power purchase deal with NextEra Energy, the San Jose Mercury news reports.


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