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February 5, 2013

Murkowski’s energy ‘blueprint’ calls for more drilling, fewer regulatory roadblocks

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-02-05 12:56:27

Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, the top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, unveiled a sweeping “energy blueprint” today that could serve as a starting point for a series of smaller, bipartisan energy bills this year. The document, dubbed “Energy 2020,” lays out the senator’s platform, which includes opening more federal land and waters for oil and gas production, curbing carbon emissions, fast-tracking exports of domestic gas, and creating a “trust fund” for clean energy. [ read more … ]

R.I. developer signs deal with enviros to protect endangered whales

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-02-05 12:56:45

The developer of a wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island today announced an agreement with environmentalists to protect the critically endangered north Atlantic right whale. The pact between Deepwater Wind LLC and the Conservation Law Foundation will delay construction of the Block Island Wind Farm by about a month to avoid disturbing the whales, which have been seen feeding in Rhode Island Sound throughout April. [ read more … ]

China’s wind and solar programs expand at world-beating pace, but grid connection remains a problem

Coco Liu, E&E Asian correspondent  •    •  Posted 2013-02-05 12:57:59

Despite a slowdown in growth and investments, China still installed more wind turbines than any other nation last year, according to a report issued today by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. China installed 15.9 gigawatts of onshore wind turbines in 2012 — equal to more than one-third of all new capacity worldwide, the report says. This was the fourth successive year China has led the field since overtaking the United States in 2009. The United States, which hit a record of adding 13.2 GW last year, installed 14 percent fewer wind turbines than China.
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