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Policy and Enforcement: Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

The Environmental Defense Fund, the American Lung Association and others have filed a brief urging the Supreme Court to revive the EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. The groups are saying that to uphold a lower court’s nullification of the major 2011 pollution rule would prevent regulators from ever tackling unhealthy … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: RFS2 2012, Keystone XL, SolarWorld, Aviation Carbon Tax

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: RFS2 2012, Keystone XL, SolarWorld, Aviation Carbon Tax

The EPA finalized the Renewable Fuel Standard program (RFS2) 2012 percentage standards for four fuel categories as part of the annual renewable fuel volume targets intended to achieve an overall level of 36 billion gallons in 2022. The 2012 overall volumes and standards are: biomass-based diesel (1.0 billion gallons; 0.91 … Read more »

Wind’s Share of New Power Down, Coal Up

Wind’s Share of New Power Down, Coal Up

Wind power provided 26 percent of all new electric generating capacity in the U.S. last year, down from 39 percent in 2009, according to figures out today. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report for 2010 shows that the country’s cumulative installed wind capacity grew … Read more »

Obama Calls for ‘Clean’ Energy Mandate, End to Oil Tax Breaks

President Obama has confounded many pundits by making energy policy a significant part of his State of the Union address. In the speech Tuesday night, Obama called for an end to tax breaks for oil and gas, and a redirection of those funds to renewable energy. “We need to get … Read more »

After Dismal Year, Wind’s Future Looks Brighter

After Dismal Year, Wind’s Future Looks Brighter

More wind power is now under construction than was built in all of 2010, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Last year the American wind industry built only 5,115 MW (5.1 GW) of wind power, barely half of the record amount installed in 2009, AWEA said in its … Read more »

Wind Industry, Governors Coalition Call for Renewable Energy Standard

The wind industry’s main trade group is pushing for legislation that will create a national renewable-electricity standard (RES) in the waning weeks of the 111th Congress, E2 Wire reports. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) will begin airing 30-second TV spots in Washington, D.C., cable markets today touting proposals that … Read more »

Zotos Mfg Plant Gets Nod to Build 3.3-MW Wind Power Project

Zotos International, a hair-care manufacturer, has received final approval for a $7 million, 3.3-megawatt (MW) on-site wind power project for its manufacturing plant in Geneva, N.Y. The company expects to start construction in mid-August with the wind turbines fully operational by the end of the year. Zotos is investing in … Read more »

Wind Power Installations Drop to 2007 levels

Wind Power Installations Drop to 2007 levels

The U.S. wind industry added only 700 megawatts (MW) in the second quarter of 2010 for a total of 1,230 MW during the first half of 2010, according to a mid-year 2010 market report from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). This translates into a drop to date of 57 … Read more »

US Small Wind Market Reaches 100 MW

US Small Wind Market Reaches 100 MW

The U.S. market for small wind turbines has reached 100 MW of installed capacity, expanding 15 percent above 2008, according to a report by the American Wind Energy Association. Small wind systems are defined as those with rated capacities of 100 kilowatts (kW) or less, and are used primarily to … Read more »

NREL Finds Wind Resources Higher than Initial Estimates

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s most recent assessment shows that U.S. wind resources are larger than previously estimated, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). A key finding of the new assessment shows that onshore U.S. wind resources could generate nearly 37,000,000 gigawatt-hours (GWh) annually, more than nine times … Read more »

20% Wind Power Possible for East Half of U.S. by 2024

A shift to 20 percent or more of the Eastern Interconnection’s electrical load to wind energy is possible by 2024, but costs for new transmission lines could be as high as $93 billion, according to a new study released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory … Read more »

Clean Tech Firms Get $2.3B in Tax Credits

President Obama has awarded $2.3 billion in tax credits for clean energy manufacturing projects across the United States. Targeted at 183 projects in 43 states, the Recovery Act Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits program is expected to create 17,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs. The Section 48C program will provide a 30 … Read more »