North American Wind Power - Mar 21
Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Mary Landrieu, D-La., have introduced legislation designed to ensure that all states receive a fair and equitable share of the revenues from energy production on federal lands and waters. Although states that produce onshore energy keep 50% of royalties, rents and bonuses, states that produce offshore energy receive virtually nothing, Landrieu says. The Fixing America's Inequities with Revenues (FAIR) Act aims to change that by giving 27.5% of revenue from the development of offshore energy - including oil, gas, wind and other renewable energy sources - to coastal states, plus another 10% if the state creates a clean energy or conservation fund, for a total of 37.5%.
North American Wind Power - Mar 18
Wind energy made up 60.5% of all new U.S. electric generating capacity in January and February, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) latest Energy Infrastructure Update. According to FERC's report, wind energy beat every resource installed during the first two months of the year, with six projects totaling 958 MW installed. Solar power came in second, with 24 projects totaling 424 MW (26.8% of new generating capacity), followed by natural gas, with two projects totaling 170 MW (10.7%), and biomass, with 25 projects totaling 32 MW (2.0%).
REVE Wind News - Mar 17
The Texas Panhandle’s wind energy industry is about to be blown away. An international mix of companies has committed to more than doubling the region’s production capacity by spending more than an estimated $3.3 billion on construction of wind farms in the next two years.
EarthTechling - Mar 21
A new report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy on blending hydrogen into natural gas pipelines – an idea being explored in Germany – suggests it could be a worthwhile strategy to pursue, both now to help take advantage of surpluses in intermittent renewable energy production and down the road as a means of distributing hydrogen for use in fuel cells.
Reuters - Mar 20
A group of Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd lenders want the Chinese solar panel maker's main unit declared insolvent, a sign Beijing's support for the struggling industry is waning. The failure of Wuxi Suntech would be one of China's biggest corporate collapses in recent history and could also be the first big test for China's bankruptcy law since it was introduced in 2007.
Bloomberg News - Mar 22
In its environmental update, Apple said a 100-acre solar farm next to its largest data center, in Maiden, North Carolina, became fully operational in December. Apple Inc. now uses only renewable energy sources to power its data centers, the iPhone maker said in an updated report on its environmental policies. The company’s data centers now run on energy sources such as solar, wind and eothermal, instead of coal or other fossil fuels, Apple said on its website. The centers house server computers that store and distribute songs, applications and other content from services such as iTunes, iMessage and iCloud.
Think Geo Energy News - Mar 19
The Deputy Inspector General of the U.S. Department of the Interior recently published a report on the activities of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, talking about that the current “regulatory approach differs by region” and thereby “creating confusion. The BLM oversees the development of geothermal resources on federal land and is currently faced with a variety of regulation and not standardized inspection and enforcement program.
Solar Energy - Mar 20
If the Lancaster, California, City Council approves a proposed new building code next week, it will be the first city in the country to require solar panels on all newly constructed homes. The new zoning code would require at least 1 kilowatt of solar on the roofs of all new homes in the Los Angeles suburb.
National Wind Watch - Mar 18
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking for help in investigating the death of a golden eagle found in January near a turbine at a wind farm built recently in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada range about 12 miles northeast of Tehachapi.