Enviros challenge first large-scale wind farm in national forest

Source: Scott Streater • E&E • Posted: Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Environmentalists are challenging the Forest Service’s approval of the first utility-scale wind farm on national forestland, potentially delaying a project that was supposed to signal the agency’s readiness to assume a greater role in renewable energy development.

President Pushes to Add More Credits for Hybrids

Source: JACKIE CALMES • New York Times • Posted: Thursday, March 8th, 2012

President Obama on Wednesday proposed sweetened tax incentives and subsidies to spur the market for alternative-power cars and trucks, promoting his “all of the above” energy strategy while warning against other politicians’ “quick fixes” to the latest spike in gasoline prices.

Midwestern wind industry touts homegrown success but worries about federal RPS

Source: Daniel Cusick • E&E • Posted: Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Wind power leaders meeting here this week say they will leave “no stone unturned” as they seek to win votes in Congress for a renewal of the federal production tax credit (PTC) before the end of the year. Should they fail in Washington, however, industry executives said other drivers — including state-based renewable portfolio standards (RPSs) and lower electricity costs borne of technology improvements and other efficiencies — should sustain wind power developments in 2013 and beyond, albeit at a smaller scale

What Makes Gasoline Prices Go Up?

Source: FELICITY BARRINGER • New York Times • Posted: Thursday, March 8th, 2012

On the day after Super Tuesday, the federal Energy Information Administration came out with a striking fact: in 2011, the United States, for the first time since 1949, exported more petroleum products than it imported. On the big primary voting day, the same agency delivered news that might be even more relevant to current campaign oratory: the rise in gasoline prices is expected to continue. Its short-term forecast seemed particularly bleak: “During the April through September summer driving season this year, prices are forecast to average about $3.92 per gallon with a peak monthly average price of $3.96 per gallon in May.”

Excerpts from Remarks by the President on Energy — Mount Holly, NC

Source: Excerpts President's Energy Speech • White House Press Office • Posted: Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Here is the truth. If we are going to control our energy future, then we’ve got to have an all-of-the-above strategy. We’ve got to develop every source of American energy — not just oil and gas, but wind power and solar power, nuclear power, biofuels. We need to invest in the technology that will help us use less oil in our cars and our trucks, in our buildings, in our factories. That’s the only solution to the challenge. Because as we start using less, that lowers the demand, prices come down. It’s pretty straightforward. That’s the only solution to this challenge.

New TV ads will focus on childhood asthma in bid to protect carbon rules

Source: Jean Chemnick • E&E • Posted: Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Environmentalists will link carbon emissions to asthma in a television ad campaign that begins today. The Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council are sponsoring the ad featuring elementary-school children wandering the halls of Congress with inhalers and wearing oxygen masks to meetings with lawmakers.

Objections could impede first major power-line project in decades

Source: Scott Streater • E&E • Posted: Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

The Bureau of Land Management received nearly 2,600 public comments on a draft evaluation of the proposed Gateway West Transmission Line Project, documenting a wide array of major policy issues that must be addressed before construction can begin on the first major power-line project in decades.

Deal with Ill. cable plant to bring 1,450 jobs

CBS Market Watch • Posted: Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

A deal between Southwire Company and energy company Clean Line Energy Partners LLC is expected to create 1,450 jobs in Illinois and boost wind energy projects.

Illinois Clean Line Wind Energy Transmission Project Moves Forward

Source: Marcia Lense • KWQC • Posted: Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

A renewable energy project is taking shape and raising hope for a big economic boost for the state of Illinois and the Quad Cities. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced Tuesday that the wind energy project, called the Rock Island Clean Line, has taken a step forward with an agreement between it and the Southwire Co., which has a facility in Flora, Illinois. Together, they will build transmission lines connecting power from wind turbines in the Midwest and delivering it to Illinois and onto the east.

Winds of fortune sweep West Texas

Source: Simone Sebastian • Houston Chronicle • Posted: Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

BP and other energy companies are funneling millions into building and operating wind farms in West Texas, helping to transform oil country into one of the nation’s leading hubs for green energy production.