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.
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.
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.
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.
Despite a negative assessment from an administrative law judge, the Illinois Commerce Commission has approved Commonwealth Edison’s plan to build the Grand Prairie Gateway transmission line, which could bring 1,000 more megawatts of power to the north of the state and grid operator PJM Interconnection when it’s completed in 2017, Platts reports.
Climate analyst Rick S. Piltz has died from cancer at age 71, he quit the George W. Bush administration after he claimed his bosses were tweaking report language to play down climate change risks, The New York Times reports.
The controversial Waters of the U.S. rule has won approval from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board, in a review released Thursday that said the proposed measure had “strong scientific support,” according to The Hill.
Reports that Saudi Arabia supplied less oil to the global market in September than it did the month before helped to push oil prices higher Thursday. West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery jumped 2 percent, gaining $1.57 to settle at $82.09 on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude picked up $2.12 to finish at $86.83, Bloomberg reports.
Companies that provide equipment and services for oil drillers could lower their fees to maintain market share in the face of falling crude prices, Occidental CEO Stephen Chazen told a conference call Thursday, following an announcement that his company’s profits dropped 24 percent in the third quarter, Bloomberg reports.
Already a big wind farm operator, Warren Buffett could push his investment into renewables up to $30 billion as he continues pouring more money and looking for more acquisitions for Berkshire Hathaway Energy, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Michigan’s clean energy production -- encouraged by the 2008 Clean, Renewable and Efficient Energy Act -- is dominated by wind power, according to a brief from the Pew Charitable Trusts, MLive.com reports.
Stanford University professor Rosemary Knight is using electrical resistivity tomography, or ERT, to study the extent to which salt water has been replacing fresh water that’s pumped out of the ground for drinking and agriculture along the central California coast, E&E reports.