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August 15, 2016

Feds Shop Ocean Off the Outer Banks to Build Wind Turbines

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-08-15 04:44:43

The Obama Administration is inviting companies to bid for the right to build wind energy turbines off North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The Interior Department on Friday announced a proposed lease sale for 122,000 acres beginning about 28 miles off Kitty Hawk that includes part of the Outer Continental Shelf. The government has previously announced lease availability for two offshore areas near Wilmington and four areas offshore of South Carolina. [ read more … ]

Opposition blows up: Some object to second coastal wind farm

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-08-15 04:45:15

As the largest windfarm in the southeastern United States takes shape near Elizabeth City some people are concerned about plans for a second wind farm with even larger turbines a short distance away near the North Carolina coast. The wind farm under construction will provide power for Amazon data centers in the state of Virginia. But The News and Observer of Raleigh reports opponents backed by law firms in Raleigh and Durham are fighting a second wind farm – the Apex Timbermill Wind project. Some state lawmakers want stricter standards for wind farms. [ read more … ]

Who owns the wind? We do, Wyoming says, and it’s taxing those who use it

By William Yardley, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2016-08-15 04:45:45

Not long after it became clear that the robust winds that blow down from the Rocky Mountains and across the sea of sagebrush here could produce plenty of profit in a world that wants more renewable energy, some of the more expansive minds in the Wyoming Legislature began entertaining a lofty question: Who owns all of that wind? They concluded, quickly and conveniently, that Wyoming did. [ read more … ]

R.I. department unveils $17M for efficiency, renewables

Benjamin Hulac, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-08-15 04:46:25

The Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank, a quasi-public agency, said yesterday it will provide $17.2 million in financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects across the state. The money will go to six cities in Rhode Island — Cranston, Newport, Pawtucket, Providence, West Warwick and Westerly — officials said. “This isn’t just about environmental investment,” RIIB CEO Jeff Diehl said. “It’s good business sense as well as it’s good for the environment.” [ read more … ]

Clinton vows to make U.S. ‘clean energy superpower’

George Cahlink, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-08-15 04:46:57

Citing the potential to create millions of jobs and drawing contrasts to her Republican opponent, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton today called for making the United States the global leader in clean energy. “Some country is going to be the clean energy superpower of the 21st century and create millions of jobs and businesses. It’s probably going to be either China, Germany or America. I want it to be us,” Clinton said in an economic address in Warren, Mich. [ read more … ]

Trump on warming: ‘It goes up, it goes down’

Hannah Hess, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-08-15 04:47:20

Trump spoke to the Miami Herald at the shorefront Fontainebleau hotel, in an area where local officials and the federal government are working to stem sea-level rise. “I’m not a big believer in man-made climate change,” Trump reiterated to the paper, rejecting mainstream scientific evidence of global warming. “I would say that it goes up, it goes down,” Trump told the paper. [ read more … ]

Ending oil tax breaks saves money but not the environment — report

Umair Irfan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-08-15 04:43:39

The federal government would have billions more in cash if the oil and gas sector in the United States gave up its tax preferences. That’s according to a new discussion paper published by the Council on Foreign Relations. “The big takeaway here is that we can free up $4 billion a year in the federal budget without doing any appreciable harm to the domestic oil and gas industry,” said author Gilbert Metcalf, a professor of economics at Tufts University. [ read more … ]

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