First competitive Atlantic lease bumped to 2013 — Interior official

Source: Phil Taylor, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, October 12th, 2012

The Interior Department’s first competitive lease for offshore wind in the Atlantic Ocean will not occur until 2013, an Interior Department official said today at a conference here on offshore wind. The announcement at the American Wind Energy Association event pushes back by two years an original goal of having a competitive sale in the mid-Atlantic by late 2011.

Vestas Wind Systems trims about 200 more Colorado jobs

Source: By Steve Raabe, Denver Post • Posted: Friday, October 12th, 2012

Wind-turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems made its largest Colorado job cut Thursday, laying off about 200 workers at its Windsor blade plant. The cuts represent 29 percent of the plant’s workforce. Vestas also had laid off workers at plants in Brighton and Pueblo.

Some conservation groups fret over Interior’s approval of massive Wyo. wind farm

Source: Scott Streater, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Environmentalists today ripped the Obama administration’s decision to approve a wind power project in southeast Wyoming, arguing that the massive wind farm is improperly sited and will cause grave harm to golden eagles and greater sage grouse.

Offshore wind: Industry bullish, despite political turbulence

Source: Phil Taylor, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Industry and state officials yesterday said they remain optimistic about the future of offshore wind in the United States, despite uncertainty surrounding the extension of key tax incentives and a lack of markets for developers to sell their power. Jim Lanard, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Offshore Wind Development Coalition, told a gathering here of government, industry and environmental officials that he expects significant announcements soon in the windy mid-Atlantic, though he acknowledged progress has been slow.

Obama admin reaches 10,000-MW project threshold three years early

Source: Scott Streater, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

The Obama administration has issued final approval for the largest wind farm in North America, a move that will allow the nation to meet a goal set forth in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to approve roughly 10,000 megawatts of new renewable energy projects on federal land by 2015. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today announced at a ceremony in Cheyenne, Wyo., that he has signed a record of decision for the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind project in southeast Wyoming.

More Americans see climate change as cause of extreme weather — report

Posted: Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Americans have become more likely to link extreme weather events to climate change, according to a report released today by researchers at Yale and George Mason universities. Seventy-four percent of Americans said “global warming is affecting weather in the United States,” according to a survey taken in August and September, compared with 69 percent who agreed with that statement in a March survey, the report says.

Europe is getting lots of renewable energy; the looming headache is how to transmit it

Source: Jeremy Lovell, E&E European correspondent • Posted: Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Europe’s rush for renewable electricity sources to combat climate change has far outpaced the ability of the grid system to carry the new power to where it is needed. The problem is compounded by the fact that most energy policies remain firmly domestic, according to Daniel Dobbeni, head of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity, ENTSO-E. And the imbalance is likely to get much worse before it gets any better, he told a recent U.K. National Grid seminar on possible future energy scenario

Jobs Blow Away as Congress Fails to Act on Wind Energy

Source: By Jim Snyder, Bloomber Business Week • Posted: Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

“We’ve done extremely well,” John Purcell, Leeco’s vice president for wind energy, said in an interview. Leeco is a unit of O’Neal Industries, a metals-service company based in Birmingham, Alabama.
Now a different sort of economic crisis is looming over the industry. A tax credit fueling wind’s growth expires at the end of this year unless Congress votes to extend it. Wind-energy companies get 2.2 cents for every kilowatt-hour produced, shaving as much as one-third off the costs.

Tough times ahead for wind industry, regardless of tax credit renewal — analyst

Source: Robert S. Eshelman, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

The clean energy sector is closing the gap on fossil fuels, but the wind industry faces significant challenges and could see a free fall in new construction over the next three years, said Ethan Zindler, head of policy analysis at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The decline in new wind power generation, he added, is likely to occur regardless of whether Congress extends a production tax credit (PTC) that has been a blessing to the industry.

China faces oversupply of solar panels, wind turbines

Source: E&E • Posted: Monday, October 8th, 2012

The quick growth of China’s manufacturing capacity has led to a huge oversupply of solar panels and wind turbines and a price war. Manufacturers, state-owned banks and local governments are now facing a financial disaster. Panel prices have fallen by three-fourths since 2008, leaving the country’s biggest solar panel makers with losses of up to $1 for every $3 of sales this year.