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November 12, 2015

European firm pitches huge wind farm off Martha’s Vineyard

By Jay Fitzgerald, BOSTON GLOBE  •    •  Posted 2015-11-12 06:34:50

A major European energy company is proposing what could be North America’s largest offshore wind farm 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, outlining its plans less than a year after the proposed Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound suffered a stunning financial setback. Denmark-based DONG Energy A/S, the world’s largest developer of offshore wind farms, Monday said it would build up to 100 giant wind turbines, generating as much as 1,000 megawatts of electricity — more than double the output Cape Wind had proposed for its site off Cape Cod. [ read more … ]

New Jersey Offshore Wind Leases Won by RES Americas, US Wind

By Chris Martin, Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2015-11-12 06:35:19

RES Americas Developments Inc. and US Wind Inc. won leases to build wind farms off the coast of New Jersey in a U.S. Interior Department auction Monday. Closely held RES Americas agreed to pay almost $881,000 for a lease area with about 160,500 acres. US Wind, a unit of the Italian construction and engineering company Toto SpA, won a site with more than 183,000 acres with a bid of slightly more than $1 million, the department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said in a statement Monday. Fishermen’s Energy LLC also participated in the auction. [ read more … ]

These could be the first U.S. states to tax carbon — and give their residents a nice paycheck

By Chelsea Harvey, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2015-11-12 06:36:40

In Washington state, a circulating petition might be the key to both permanently cutting down on the state’s carbon footprint and also reforming what is widely considered one of the nation’s most regressive tax systems. If enough signatures are secured, the petition will allow the United States’ first-ever carbon tax a spot on the ballot. [ read more … ]

Lancaster County Board’s strict noise restrictions for wind turbines a blow to wind-farm developers

By Paul Hammel / World-Herald Bureau  •    •  Posted 2015-11-12 06:37:22

In a vote that could affect wind farm development elsewhere in Nebraska, the Lancaster County Board on Tuesday adopted tough new noise restrictions on wind turbines. The restrictions prohibit wind turbines from generating more than 40 decibels of noise during the day — about what’s generated by a household refrigerator — as measured at nearby residences. Currently, 50 decibels is recognized as a standard noise limit by several Nebraska counties.
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Bill Clinton Visits Big Wind Farm in Western Panama

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2015-11-12 06:38:09

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton is talking up the potential of renewable energy to shield developing countries from the effects of climate change. Clinton visited Central America’s biggest wind farm Tuesday. The electricity project in western Panama is scheduled to open next year with the capacity to produce about 6 percent to 8 percent of Panama’s energy needs. [ read more … ]

Barrier-breaking physicist clears path for solar power

Ariel Wittenberg, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-11-12 06:36:02

The leader of the Department of Energy effort to drive down the cost of solar power enjoys a big challenge. When Lidija Sekaric was recruited for the SunShot initiative in 2010, she turned up her nose at the program’s goal — lowering the installed cost of solar from $2 a watt to 50 cents by 2020. “We were not ambitious enough for her,” then-Director Minh Le recalled in a recent interview. “I pitch it to her that we are going to reduce costs by 75 percent, and her immediate reaction — with a straight face — was, ‘Why not 25 cents per watt?'” [ read more … ]

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