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February 2, 2012

Salazar to announce offshore wind move

Tim Wheeler  •  Baltimore Sun  •  Posted 2012-02-02 12:48:49

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is blowing into B’more Thursday to announce the Obama administration’s latest move to boost development of industrial-scale wind energy projects off the mid-Atlantic coast. He’ll be joined at the World Trade Center in the Inner Harbor by Gov.Martin O’Malley and Tommy P. Beaudreau, director of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Officials were mum, officially speaking, on the details of Salazar’s announcement. A news advisory said only that the Interior secretary would declare a “major step” toward putting turbines on the Outer Continental Shelf off Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Virginia. [ read more … ]

Sweeping energy package reaches House floor

Phil Taylor  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-02-02 12:49:06

House Republicans yesterday advanced a trio of energy bills that would allow a vast expansion of oil and gas development in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the Gulf of Mexico and in the oil-rich Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The bills, which passed the Natural Resources Committee on mostly party-line votes, now move to the House floor where they are expected to join Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) “American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act.” [ read more … ]

China’s No. 2 turbine maker secures $5.5B from state bank

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter

  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-02-02 12:49:22

U.S. development ambitions for Chinese turbine manufacturer XinJiang Goldwind received a major boost yesterday as the company signed a new financing agreement with China Development Bank Corp., providing an estimated 35 billion yuan ($5.5 billion) in new capital for 2012. The deal, announced in a statement to the Hong King stock exchange, will allow the company to solidify its No. 2 standing in the Chinese turbine market behind Sinovel Wind Group Co., but will also help propel its recent expansion into the U.S. wind power market.

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Climate scientists hit back at WSJ op-ed

Jean Chemnick  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-02-02 12:49:36

A group of climate scientists faulted The Wall Street Journal for publishing a column in which scientists from other disciplines disputed the occurrence of significant man-made global warming. In a letter to the Journal today, the climate scientists compared the publishing of the op-ed to consulting a dentist about a heart complaint. [ read more … ]

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