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October 16, 2013

Maine Offshore Wind Project Abandoned After Norwegian Energy Company Scraps $120 Million Plans

By ALANNA DURKIN, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2013-10-16 06:48:18

Norwegian company Statoil announced on Tuesday that it was abandoning a proposed $120 million wind project off the coast of Maine, which industry officials once said could make Maine a leader in offshore wind power, after Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration maneuvered to reopen the competitive bidding process. The company said in a statement that changes in terms with the state and scheduling delays “made the project outlook too uncertain to proceed.” Statoil said it was focusing on a project in Scotland while continuing to explore the United States’ offshore wind market. [ read more … ]

Supreme Court to review EPA greenhouse gas emissions permitting

Jeremy P. Jacobs and Jean Chemnick, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2013-10-16 06:48:40

The Supreme Court today decided to review whether U.S. EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations for motor vehicles should have triggered permitting requirements for stationary sources of carbon pollution. Justices granted six of nine petitions asking the court to review a June 2012 appellate court ruling that upheld a suite of EPA greenhouse gas regulations. The court will not consider other issues, such as whether greenhouse gases endanger public health or the emissions standards for vehicles, instead limiting the case to EPA’s decision that its “tailpipe” rules triggered Prevention of Significant Deterioration, or PSD, permitting for stationary sources. [ read more … ]

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