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.
Dominion Resources has filed papers with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, asking for a start to the review process for the proposed 550-mile natural gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline, The Associated Press reports.
Federal agencies have reduced their greenhouse gas emissions 17 percent compared to levels in 2008, according to the White House Council on Environmental Quality, but they also remain vulnerable to the effects of climate change in different ways, National Journal reports.
As part of their fight to become the top-ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey and Rep Anna Eshoo of California have raised and distributed more than $1.2 million to their colleagues during this election cycle, National Journal reports.
Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are working on a technique using lasers that would more accurately measure greenhouse gas concentrations, E&E reports.
News of production increases in the U.S. and among OPEC members weighed on oil prices Friday. West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery finished the Nymex session down 58 cents to $80.54 a barrel, a drop of 12 percent over the whole of October, while in London Brent lost 38 cents to settle at $85.86, Bloomberg reports.
Increased demand is leading SolarWorld Americas to spend $10 million expanding its solar modules plant, and the company announced it will be hiring 200 additional workers as well, The New York Times reports.
To encourage the development of advanced nuclear reactors – anticipated to be more efficient – the Department of Energy is spending $13 million to help major companies including AREVA, GE Hitachi and Westinghouse in their research of the technology, The Hill reports.