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March 24, 2015

High Court Seeks Solicitor’s View On Energy Suit Seen As Crucial To ESPS

By Inside EPA  •    •  Posted 2015-03-24 06:54:15

The Supreme Court is asking the solicitor general (SG) to provide the administration’s views on whether the justices should review a set of appellate rulings that states say thwart procurement of new cleaner generating capacity, including renewable or gas generation that the petitioners say will be needed to comply with EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) rule for existing power plants. [ read more … ]

US Energy Dept. On The Prowl For Bigger, Longer Wind Turbine Blades

By Tina Casey, CleanTechnica  •    •  Posted 2015-03-24 06:54:56

As if the fossil fuel industry needed more bad news, the US Energy Department has just put out the call for new, longer wind turbine blade technology that will unlock an additional one million square miles of land for wind energy development. The new funding opportunity is relatively small at $1.8 million dollars but this is truly a case of a little going a long way. [ read more … ]

Utility-scale offshore wind proposal floated for Hawaii 

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-24 06:55:17

Offshore wind energy may be coming to the Aloha State in a big way. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on Friday announced that a Texas-based company submitted an unsolicited request to lease ocean property near Hawaii’s Oahu Island in January, with an aim to develop a 408-megawatt offshore wind energy project at an estimated cost of $1.9 billion. [ read more … ]

Quick wit, hometown values buoy outgoing FERC chief 

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-24 06:55:38

Cheryl LaFleur will give up her gavel next month after a short, tumultuous run at the helm of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In her 17 months as chairwoman, grass-roots grumbling over natural gas infrastructure erupted into protests with demonstrators disrupting commission meetings and blocking doors to the agency’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. U.S. EPA’s draft Clean Power Plan sparked a politically charged debate over whether FERC will safeguard the grid. A fight brewed over a capacity auction in LaFleur’s native New England with a loud call for her resignation. [ read more … ]

Oil company sues turbine farm over vague project plans 

By Paul Monies, Oklahoman  •    •  Posted 2015-03-24 06:56:00

An Oklahoma oil and gas company has filed a lawsuit against the developers of a nearby wind farm, saying the company was not given adequate notice of construction. Newfield Exploration Mid-Continent Inc. operates dozens of oil and gas wells along a 315-square-mile area where Apex Clean Energy Inc. had planned its 298-megawatt Kingfisher Wind Project in northern Canadian County and southern Kingfisher County. [ read more … ]

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