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May 8, 2014

U.S. Awards 3 Wind Power Grants

By DIANE CARDWELL and MATTHEW L. WALD, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2014-05-08 06:39:18

The long-promised potential of offshore wind development along American coastlines took a step toward fruition on Wednesday as the Department of Energy pledged up to $47 million each to three projects it previously supported. The grants are intended to help the projects, off the coasts of New Jersey, Oregon and Virginia, begin delivering electricity by 2017. “Offshore wind offers a large, untapped energy resource for the United States that can create thousands of manufacturing, construction and supply chain jobs across the country and drive billions of dollars in local economic investment,” Ernest J. Moniz, the energy secretary, said in a statement. [ read more … ]

DOE picks 3 projects for up to $141M investment

Katherine Ling, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-05-08 06:39:39

“Offshore wind offers a large, untapped energy resource for the United States that can create thousands of manufacturing, construction and supply chain jobs across the country and drive billions of dollars in local economic investment,” Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in a statement. “The Energy Department is working with public and private partners to harness this untapped resource in a sustainable and economic manner.” [ read more … ]

Federal tax credit for wind turbines gives GE a backlog of orders

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-05-08 06:40:04

Customer orders for General Electric Co.’s advanced wind turbines have surged over the last 18 months, the company announced yesterday, in part because renewable energy developers responded aggressively to Congress’ one-year extension of the production tax credit (PTC) for wind energy. The rate of growth has been especially pronounced over the last 12 months, with new orders jumping from roughly 1 gigawatt of capacity in May 2013 to 3.9 GW of capacity today, according to GE. Most of that new capacity, 2.8 GW, will be completed or begin construction over the next 19 months and will use the company’s “brilliant” platform turbines. “We feel confident that, with our strong backlog of orders, we are strongly positioned for 2014 and 2015,” Anne McEntee, president and CEO of GE’s renewable energy business, said in a press release. [ read more … ]

From crop failures to flooded runways, new climate report catalogs impacts across sectors

Stephanie Paige Ogburn, Debra Kahn, Christa Marshall and Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2014-05-08 06:40:26

When it rains, it pours. When it’s dry, it’s parched. When it’s hot, it lasts. These are some of the impacts climate change is already bringing to the United States, with more extremes to come in the future, according to the National Climate Assessment report released yesterday. With 30 chapters, multiple appendices and a user-friendly website, the report comprehensively documents climate change impacts across the United States. [ read more … ]

Op-eds by 2 Republicans say White House report should sway GOP

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-05-08 06:40:43

Yesterday’s sweeping federal report on climate change’s toll on the United States should spur the GOP to offer its own ideas for how to combat the problem, according to two moderate Republicans. Former Utah governor and GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and Reagan-era EPA Administrator Lee Thomas both wrote op-eds yesterday arguing that the third National Climate Assessment should change Republicans’ minds. Huntsman — who was the only member of the 2012 Republican primary field to maintain that man-made climate change is an established scientific fact — said again that Republicans would pay for making climate skepticism a party litmus test. [ read more … ]

Stanford votes to divest $18B endowment from coal

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-05-08 06:41:00

Stanford University’s board of trustees voted yesterday to rid the university’s $18.7 billion endowment of any direct investments in coal-mining companies, a move that activists hailed as a harbinger for institutional investors. The university will refrain from directly investing in about 100 public companies whose primary business is coal extraction and will get out of any such investments it currently has. [ read more … ]

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