O'Malley vetoes wind-turbine moratorium bill in Md.

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.


Wind, biodiesel groups look for Senate to regroup on tax breaks

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.

Maine regulators give nod to wind project

River Valley Sun Journal

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.

Supporters, opponents of wind tax credit jockey on Capitol Hill


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.

RI: Planned offshore wind farm picks up key approval

Rhode Island Public Radio

The Coastal Resources Management Council has given unanimous backing to Deepwater Wind’s proposal for a wind farm off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island Public Radio reports.

Permit submitted for proposed wind farm in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The developers of what could become the largest wind energy project in the U.S. have submitted their application for a state permit to build the wind farm.

The Power Company of Wyoming submitted its industrial siting permit application on Tuesday for its proposed Chokecherry/Sierra Madre wind farm south of Rawlins.

The Power Company is a wholly owned affiliate of Denver billionaire Phil Anschutz's The Anschutz Corp.

Debate still raging over wind farms and bird deaths

Argus Leader

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.

Wind energy line gets FERC nod

The Hutchinson News

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 wind turbine maker Vestas back in the black

The New York Times

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.

Wind turbine company agrees to protect whales in RI Sound

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.


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