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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 29, 2014

Can a DOE competition jump-start wind power in America’s vast offshore?

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-04-29 06:53:55

Right about now, offshore wind developers across the United States have started holding their breath. Next month, the Department of Energy will announce three competition winners that could blaze a path for offshore wind’s future in the United States, where, despite the best efforts of a few determined mavericks, no utility-scale offshore wind farms have yet been built. When announced in December 2012, the DOE competition involved seven offshore wind demonstration projects that were awarded an initial $4 million to get off the ground. Each has spent the past year scrambling to prove it is one of three that merit an additional $47 million to transform their ambition to “get steel into the water” into reality. [ read more … ]

National Renewable Energy Lab commissions global offshore wind database

Special to E&E  •    •  Posted 2014-04-29 06:54:17

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has hired Danish firm K2 Management to build a global installation database for offshore wind.
NREL wants easily accessible data on installation times, correlation effects, implications and processes involved in developing offshore wind so the industry can develop in the United States with best practices, avoiding delays and cost overruns, the Danish consultancy said. [ read more … ]

Developer to sue N.J. over 25 MW Atlantic City project

Colin Sullivan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-04-29 06:54:42

The developer of an offshore New Jersey wind farm says it will sue the state after regulators this week rejected for a second time the company’s proposal to build a 25-megawatt project. At issue is a pilot wind farm off the coast of Atlantic City that is in the running for an Energy Department phase two $47 million grant and would be the first wind project built in the state. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities last week rejected a motion to reconsider the project. [ read more … ]

Climate concerns spurred Browner’s conversion to industry advocate

Hannah Northey and Jean Chemnick, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2014-04-29 06:55:03

Her involvement highlights growing industry-backed calls for state and regional market fixes to protect nuclear reactors in the absence of a national price on carbon emissions. Industry behemoths are pushing federal regulators to enact reforms in Eastern and Midwestern markets that they say would strengthen the reliability of electricity supplies and shore up their bottom lines (EnergyWire, April 21). But unlike Exelon, which partially blames production tax credits for wind for hurting nuclear’s bottom line, Browner said she supports the wind industry’s tax incentives. Exelon’s opposition to wind PTCs has drawn the ire of wind advocates and the attention of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. [ read more … ]

McCarthy slams critics’ ‘dangerous game’ of trying to discredit agency science

Daniel Lippman, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-04-29 06:55:21

U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy today struck back at EPA critics in a forceful address to scientists that defended agency actions on climate change, air quality issues and safe drinking water. With science as our North Star, EPA has steered America away from health risks and toward healthier communities and a higher overall quality of life,” she told the annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington. “That’s why it’s worrisome that our science seems to be under constant assault by a small — but vocal — group of critics.” [ read more … ]

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