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April 10, 2012

Despite Obama move to cut ‘red tape,’ proposed Great Lakes wind farms are still snarled in it

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-04-10 11:22:32

White House Council on Environmental Quality Chairwoman Nancy Sutley described the new agreement between the federal government and five states as an effort to “cut through the red tape” of permitting offshore wind energy projects. Doing so, she said, would allow Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Pennsylvania to begin harvesting some of the estimated 700 gigawatts of electricity bound up in their offshore winds. But what Sutley and her administration colleagues failed to note is that there are varying opinions about the best way to develop wind energy in freshwater environments like the Great Lakes, or even whether such projects should be approved at all. [ read more … ]

UPDATE: Maryland Offshore Wind Bill Dies in Committee

James S. McGarry, Offshore Wind  •    •  Posted 2012-04-10 11:22:48

Despite broad public support and overwhelming support in one branch of the Legislature, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s Offshore Wind Energy Act once again died in the Senate on the last day of the legislative calendar. The bill, which would have started a bidding process for developers to build about 200 Megawatts of wind power off of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, failed to come to a vote before the Senate Finance Committee. [ read more … ]

Golden eagle could affect East Coast wind farm development

  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-04-10 11:23:07

The flight of just one female golden eagle near Connecticut’s Housatonic River could affect the course of wind farm development on the East Coast. Researchers say her existence could indicate there are many more in the region. [ read more … ]

Grant program criticized by GOP helped create 75K jobs a year — Obama admin

Emily Yehle, E&E reporte  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-04-10 11:23:27

The Treasury Department’s $9 billion renewable energy grant program supported as many as 75,000 jobs each year it was available, according to a new report from the Department of Energy that counters Republican criticism of the grant-in-lieu-of-tax-credit effort. [ read more … ]

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