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August 20, 2014

Md. lease sale sees record bidding

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-08-20 06:44:24

Energy companies so far have bid more than $10 million for the right to build wind farms in waters off the coast of Ocean City, Md., far eclipsing the highest bids in the Interior Department’s two previous offshore wind auctions held in 2013 off Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Virginia. And bids continue to roll in. [ read more … ]

U.S. wind installations slump below China, Germany, India

Benjamin Hulac, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-08-20 06:44:45

Despite anemic installation figures in 2013, political uncertainty about the extension of renewable energy tax incentives and competition from low-cost natural gas — as well as other renewables — the U.S. wind energy industry remains set to bounce back in the next two fiscal years, according to a Department of Energy technology report released yesterday. The U.S. wind sector added merely 1,087 megawatts of new capacity in 2013, a 92 plunge from 2012 installation figures, but remained the second-largest wind market based on cumulative electrical capacity with 61 total gigawatts. [ read more … ]

Ore. state agency denies permit for Ambre Energy export terminal

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-08-20 06:45:04

The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) denied a key permit for a proposed coal export terminal yesterday, dealing a setback to companies who have long hoped to send U.S. coal across the Pacific Ocean. In announcing its decision on the Coyote Island Terminal, which was to be constructed near Boardman, Ore., on the Columbia River, the agency cited the more than 20,000 public comments it had received and wrote that the project “is not consistent with the protection, conservation and best use of the state’s water resources.” [ read more … ]

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