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September 16, 2014

Chafee foresees large role for R.I. in offshore wind

Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2014-09-16 05:57:10

Rhode Island will have a major role to play in the offshore wind industry, even though a developer chose to use a Massachusetts port to build a large wind farm, Governor Lincoln Chafee said Monday. Rhode Island officials had hoped that Cape Wind would use New Bedford and Rhode Island’s Quonset Point for the staging and construction of a proposed 130-turbine wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod, bringing jobs and economic activity to both states. Cape Wind announced Friday that it had signed a lease agreement with Massachusetts. [ read more … ]

Committee to probe energy tax issues for first time since Wyden took over

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-16 05:42:33

While comprehensive tax reform has been on Congress’ back burner for most of the year, a Senate hearing this week could shed some additional light on what an eventual overhaul of the tax code would mean for oil companies, renewable energy developers and others in the energy industry. [ read more … ]

Number of bird deaths by turbines minor compared with other threats — study

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-16 05:42:51

A new study that evaluated bird mortalities at wind farms across North America found that collisions with wind-turbine blades annually kill less than 1 percent of the smallest and most common birds on the continent, a conclusion that the study’s sponsors say points to the need to focus bird conservation on climate change, loss of habitat and other more significant threats.
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