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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 23, 2013

White House tamps down expectations for climate legislation

John McArdle, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-01-23 12:59:42

Basking in praise from environmentalists because President Obama shined a spotlight on climate change in his inaugural address, the White House today sought to avoid raising expectations about specific new legislation aimed at curbing global warming. “I’m not going to speculate for you about future actions,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said when asked about how Obama intends to follow up on climate change comments. [ read more … ]

O’Malley tries again on offshore wind energy

Written by Brian Witte, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2013-01-23 13:00:02

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Tuesday rolled out a measure he hopes will put the state on the path to becoming a leader in offshore wind energy development in the mid-Atlantic region. The governor’s third try in three years resembles a bill he pushed for last year. It would establish a regulatory framework to create an incentive for companies to invest in an offshore wind project by requiring electricity suppliers to buy offshore renewable energy credits. [ read more … ]

Ore. town chosen as first major wave energy test site in U.S.

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-01-23 13:00:19

The town of Newport, Ore. (population 9,968), calls itself the “Dungeness crab capital of the world.” Soon, though, it may instead be known as the wave energy capital of America. The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC), based out of Oregon State University, recently announced plans to build the United States’ first utility-scale, grid-connected wave energy test site in Newport. At what will be called the Pacific Marine Energy Center (PMEC), scientists and engineers will test up to four devices brought in by different developers to determine the cost of deep-water wave energy technology, as well as the environmental and social impacts. [ read more … ]

Buffett-owned utility reducing coal use

Manuel Quinones, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-01-23 13:00:35

MidAmerican Energy Co., a unit of billionaire Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and Iowa’s largest energy company, is phasing out coal in seven boilers at three company power plants, according to a settlement with the Sierra Club. The proposed consent decree, filed today in Southern Iowa U.S. District Court, follows a lawsuit threat from the Sierra Club in July. Environmentalists accused the company of Clean Air Act violations at its Neal Energy Center, Walter Scott Jr. Energy Center and Riverside Generating Station. [ read more … ]

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