Ore. zones its coast for wave-energy development

Source: Allison Winter, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, January 28th, 2013

Oregon officials approved a marine zoning plan yesterday that designates offshore areas for renewable energy. Passage of the Oregon Territorial Sea Plan amendments ends a five-year moratorium on permitting for wave-energy projects along the state’s 300-mile coastline. Offshore energy developers and environmentalists praised the plan, which lets Oregon join Massachusetts and Rhode Island as the only states with ocean-management schemes.

Learning From Setbacks

Source: By PAUL GAYNOR, New York Times • Posted: Monday, January 28th, 2013

Failure has influenced my perspectives on business. I learned more from my couple of negative experiences than from the successes. Failure has made me skeptical about outcomes, which has influenced how I run First Wind. We take credit for something only when it actually happens and not a second before, because you can get burned in the final seconds of a deal.

Minnesota Attorney General sues wind-energy firm for bilking Minn. farmers

Source: DAN BROWNING , Minneapolis Star Tribune • Posted: Monday, January 28th, 2013

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson introduced Schroeder and other farmers Friday while announcing that she had filed a lawsuit against the company and its owner, Shawn Dooling, 46, of Shorewood, seeking to hold them accountable. Swanson alleges that they sold farmers in Minnesota and elsewhere faulty windmills utilizing federal stimulus money aimed at helping the country during the recession. Dooling and his sales staff promised state-of-the-art wind turbines that would last up to 25 years and qualify for federal grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Obama announces climate hawk McDonough as new chief of staff

Source: John McArdle, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, January 28th, 2013

While he’s better known for his national security credentials, McDonough is also a climate hawk who, during his previous work at the liberal Center for American Progress (CAP), advocated for the United States to step up efforts to address carbon emissions (E&E Daily, Jan. 24). And when then-Sen. Obama was running for president, McDonough was a spokesman for Obama’s climate efforts and helped put together the campaign’s early energy platform.

Agency mismanaged ‘smart grid’ money — IG report

Source: Hannah Northey, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, January 25th, 2013

The Department of Energy mismanaged millions of dollars last year when quickly doling out recovery funds for new “smart grid” projects, according to a new inspector general’s report. The agency failed to secure proper documentation for reimbursements and allowed some recipients to falter on their cost-share responsibilities when approving 11 projects worth about $12 million, DOE Inspector General Gregory Friedman said in a report released this week.

Governor O’Malley pushes offshore wind — again

Source: Brian Witte, Associated Press • Posted: Friday, January 25th, 2013

For the third time in as many years, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is trying to lure companies to invest in offshore wind energy development in the state’s waters.

Mafia takes hold in Italy’s solar, wind sector

Source: ,Washington Post, Jan. 22 • Posted: Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Sting operations have linked Italy’s Mafia to the country’s wind and solar energy industries. In the past decade, Sicily has become a key player for renewable energy. The island receives more sun and wind than other areas of Italy, and the government offered subsidies worth billions of euros in order to boost the industry.

Renewables surged in 2012, according to FERC report

Source: Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Nearly half of all the new electrical generating capacity installed in the United States in 2012 came from renewable energy sources, according to the most recent Energy Infrastructure Update from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Obama’s climate priorities include legislation, not just regulation

Source: Evan Lehmann, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, January 24th, 2013

White House press secretary Jay Carney indicated yesterday that the president’s second-term efforts on climate change could feature energy legislation, challenging widespread perceptions that the administration would emphasize executive actions in the pursuit of carbon policies.

President’s likely new top aide was early advocate for fighting climate change

Source: John McArdle, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, January 24th, 2013

President Obama’s decision to devote time in his second inaugural address Monday to address climate change came as a surprise to many in the energy and environmental community, but maybe it shouldn’t have been such a shock. An early indication that the Obama White House was going to take a tough stance on global warming in the president’s second term may have come last week, when word began to circulate that the president intends to appoint Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough as his next chief of staff. While the White House has yet to officially confirm that McDonough is Obama’s choice to be his next top staffer, it’s been widely reported since last week that McDonough’s appointment is more a matter of when than if.