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July 24, 2012

Offshore wind farms will be encouraged in tracts along the East Coast

By Peter Brannen, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2012-07-24 11:36:35

The federal government is poised to auction to wind farm developers 2,434 square miles of the continental shelf in the Atlantic Ocean, which would allow wind farms to sprout 10 miles off the shores of six states, from Massachusetts to Virginia. Extensive efforts are underway to avoid the fiasco of the first proposed offshore wind farm in U.S. waters. That 24-square mile project off the coast of Cape Cod unleashed a fierce, decade-long battle that still lingers in the courts. Although Europe has had offshore wind farms for many years, the United States remains without even one. [ read more … ]

States lag in wind, solar goals

Peter Behr, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-07-24 11:37:01

Only half of the U.S. regions with state renewable energy mandates will meet their 2020 goals for wind, solar and biomass generation, a new assessment by the IHS CERA consulting firm concludes.

This year is expected to produce the peak of renewable power development in the decade, said Sharon Reishus, a CERA senior director and former head of the Maine Public Service Commission. Developers are “madly building” to complete wind projects in case the federal production tax credit is not renewed at year’s end, said Reishus, who spoke at the summer meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners here.
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U.S. drought destroys crops, increases food prices

E&E  •    •  Posted 2012-07-24 11:37:29

The United States is experiencing the most widespread drought in more than 50 years, and experts say it is only going to get worse. Record-high temperatures have caused wildfires, depleted municipal water supplies and destroyed crops, and they will likely slow an already struggling economy as food and shipping prices rise. [ read more … ]

Turbine testing site takes shape in Texas

Umair Irfan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-07-24 11:37:49

The Department of Energy has broken ground for a first-of-its-kind wind turbine testing center in Lubbock, Texas. The Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWIFT) facility will test wind turbines in real-world conditions to optimize existing generator designs and come up with new ones. Funded in part by a $2.6 million grant from the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the project will be operated by Sandia National Laboratories and Texas Tech University. [ read more … ]

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