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January 12, 2015

Senate vote today will launch weekslong energy, enviro debate 

Manuel Quiñones, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-01-12 06:38:58

A Senate vote scheduled for this evening on whether to move forward with debating legislation to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada is expected to unleash weeks of congressional debate on a broad range of energy and environment issues. With the a promise of regular order from new Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the 5:30 p.m. roll call will be followed by a flurry of amendments on issues like energy efficiency and climate change. [ read more … ]

Mass. Utilities Back out of Plan to Buy Power Generated by Cape Wind

By JON KAMP and  ERIN AILWORTH, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2015-01-12 06:39:25

The two largest electric utilities in Massachusetts have backed out of a plan to buy most of the power that was slated to be generated by the proposed Cape Wind turbine project, dealing a potentially serious blow to the long-delayed wind farm off the state’s coast. National Grid and NStar, a subsidiary of Northeast Utilities , were slated to buy a combined 77.5% of the output from the 130 turbine, 468-megawatt wind project, which isn’t yet under construction. But they announced late Tuesday they had backed out, saying the project had missed financing and construction commitments it was supposed to hit by Dec. 31.
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America’s Offshore Wind Energy Ambitions Take A Hit After Massachusetts Utilities Ditch Cape Cod Proposal

By  Maria Gallucci, Internatiomal Business Times  •    •  Posted 2015-01-12 06:39:43

In the race to build America’s first offshore wind farm, the largest contender suffered a significant blow this week after two Massachusetts power companies pulled out of the project. The reversal threatens the broader U.S. effort to bring renewable energy to the ocean, a feat that European nations and China have long since accomplished. The Cape Wind project planned near Cape Cod would install 130 commercial-scale wind turbines in the Nantucket Sound. The $2.5 billion offshore project has been in the works for 14 years and struggled with a host of financial, regulatory and legal challenges. But the loss of the two utility contracts could be enough to sideline the project for good, experts told the media. [ read more … ]

Wind energy shifts direction

By Lindsay Kalter, Boston Herald  •    •  Posted 2015-01-12 06:40:28

With the Cape Wind project on the ropes, the industry’s future in Massachusetts may rest on a federal wind power auction later this month for a sprawling area off Martha’s Vineyard. Twelve companies have qualified to bid Jan. 29 as the federal government auctions four commercial leases for 742,000 acres of sea roughly 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard. The power generated, if leased and used by the industry, could provide electricity for about 1.4 million homes, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said. [ read more … ]

Greenwire’s Chemnick discusses legal, legislative impacts of EPA delay on power plant regulations 

Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted 2015-01-12 06:40:54

How will U.S. EPA’s move to delay its final power plant standards affect the future of the regulations? On today’s The Cutting Edge, Greenwire reporter Jean Chemnick discusses the political and legal maneuvering behind the delay. She also talks about the agency’s strategy in announcing plans to release a model rule for state compliance with the Clean Power Plan. [ read more … ]

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