New transmission lines helping deliver Texas wind power


The $7 billion project for new electricity transmission lines in Texas, called Competitive Renewable Energy Zones, or CREZ, has cut curtailment and congestion on the state’s grid network, according to the Energy Information Administration, FuelFix reports.

Lawsuit: Extending eagle death permits illegal

WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservation group says it's suing the Obama administration over a new federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to seek approval to kill or injure eagles for 30 years.

The lawsuit from the American Bird Conservancy was expected to be filed Thursday in federal court in San Jose, California. A copy of the complaint was obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The group argues that the rule, which extended by 25 years the length of time companies may kill or injure eagles without fear of prosecution, is illegal because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to evaluate the consequences and ensure it would not damage eagle populations. The Obama administration classified the rule as an administrative change, excluding it from a full environmental review.

More ocean off Massachusetts open for wind energy

BOSTON (AP) — A large area off the coast of Massachusetts is being opened up for commercial wind energy leases, Gov. Deval Patrick and U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday.

The proposed area is more than 742,000 acres, or more than 1,160 square miles. That's larger than the land area of Rhode Island and will nearly double the federal offshore acreage available for commercial-scale wind energy projects.

The area is about 12 miles offshore, south of Martha's Vineyard, and will be auctioned as four leases, which officials hope to sell before the end of the year. Fourteen offshore wind energy companies have already expressed interest in the leases and that number could grow, Jewell said.

DOE now dispensing wind energy info by region

Triangle Business Journal

Information from the Department of Energy’s WINDExchange website divides the country up into regions rather than providing state-by-state breakdowns of information on wind energy, the Triangle Business Journal reports.

Kasich signs measure that restricts wind turbines in Ohio

Plain Dealer

Days after Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, signed a measure to freeze the state’s green energy targets, he approved a bill that more than doubles the distance wind turbines have to be from a property line, the Plain Dealer reports.

Jewell announces Massachusetts wind energy development

Boston, June 17, 2014, 1:30 pm

Interior Secretary Jewell, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announce offshore wind energy development.

Scientists studying NC’s offshore wind potential

Public Radio East

University of North Carolina researchers have deployed buoys off the state’s coast to help them analyze the potential to generate offshore wind energy there, Public Radio East reports.

Unsure of total investment, Buffett pledges to double solar, wind funding


Though he had to be reminded of Berkshire Hathaway's $15 billion in investments in U.S. solar and wind power, Warren Buffett said he's ready to double that investment in the future, Bloomberg reports.


Opponents renew call for Congress to kill wind tax credit

Free market groups and the U.S. wind industry traded shots on Monday over the future of the wind Production Tax Credit, as both sides look to Congress to decide later this year whether to reinstate the incentive.

A coalition of 117 groups, led by the Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity, made a fresh public appeal to Congress to let the expired tax credit die permanently.

NRG Yield to buy Alta Wind from Terra-Gen


NRG Yield, an affiliate of NRG Energy, will pay $870 million and assume $1.6 billion in debt to buy the 947-megawatt Alta Wind facility in California from Terra-Gen Power, FuelFix reports.


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