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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: GOP’s EPA Budget, Wind Leases, Shippers to Pay $10 Million

Republicans in the House have proposed prohibiting the Obama administration from spending on greenhouse gas rules for power plants, Business Week reports. The GOP congressmen also proposed cutting the EPA budget by a third, or $2.8 billion, and banning the EPA from instituting new curbs on sulfur in gasoline and … Read more »

Offshore Wind: Brighter Future?

This week we saw two signals that the nascent US offshore wind industry might finally find its feet. Yesterday the Department of the Interior announced a date for the nation’s first ever competitive offshore wind auction, for two leases with an estimated capacity of up to 3,395 MW. (A couple … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Court Blocks Biofuel Target, Barge Leaks into Mississippi

A US federal court struck down a 2012 Renewable Fuel Standard target for refiner use of cellulosic biofuels, but upheld the government’s goal for use of other advanced fuels. The American Petroleum Institute had filed a lawsuit against the EPA for its 2012 target requiring refiners to mix 8.65 million … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: US Drought, Renewable Fuel Standard, Smart Grid

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: US Drought, Renewable Fuel Standard, Smart Grid

Areas of extreme drought in Iowa, the top corn and soybean-producing state, have increased to 69.14 percent of the state, from 30.74 percent a week ago. Drought expanded to 94 percent of Missouri and more than 81 percent of Illinois for “at least extreme drought,” Reuters reported. The amount of corn-growing farmland … Read more »

IEA: Renewable Electricity Generation to Grow 40% in Five Years

IEA: Renewable Electricity Generation to Grow 40% in Five Years

Renewable electricity generation should grow by 1,840 TWh between 2011 and 2017, almost 60 percent above the 1,160 TWh growth reported between 2005 and 2011 – and a 40 percent increase over current levels, according to a study by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The IEA says despite economic uncertainties … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Va. Offshore Wind, ‘Big Oil’ Repeal Fails, Germany Cuts Solar Tariffs

Virginia has approved a plan for the installation of a single 5 MW wind turbine off its coast. If it clears federal approval, construction of the 479-foot tall Gamesa turbine in the lower Chesapeake Bay could be the first offshore wind turbine in the U.S, Renewable Energy World writes. The … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Offshore Wind, Clean Energy Standard, 10 Coal-Fired Plants to Retire

A planned six-year $180 million Department of Energy initiative is targeting the potential of offshore wind energy. Four offshore wind energy installations will have access to $20 million this year, subject to congressional appropriations, the DOE announced. Letters of intent are due on March 30 and applications are due on … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Keystone XL, Australia Carbon Tax, EU ETS Permit Supply, U.S. GHG Report

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Keystone XL, Australia Carbon Tax, EU ETS Permit Supply, U.S. GHG Report

The White House backed TransCanada Corp.’s bid to build a major portion of the Keystone XL oil pipeline – a $2.3 billion section called Gulf Coast Project, which runs from Cushing, Okla., to Texas. It would carry crude oil pumped in the Midwest to refineries in Texas, The Hill reports. … Read more »

Financing Wind Ambitions: Offshore Wind Parks

Wind power is currently a highly relevant energy source, especially offshore wind. Within five years, offshore wind power plants are expected to account for approximately 20 percent of the entire wind-power market. Nevertheless, financing offshore wind projects faces an enormous challenge mainly because offshore wind projects are very capital intensive … Read more »

Solar ‘Cheap as Fossil Fuels’ in Ten Years; Offshore Wind Areas Unveiled

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has unveiled initiatives aiming to make solar power as cheap as fossil fuels, and stimulate 10 GW of offshore wind development, in the next decade. The DOE said the solar initiative, dubbed as a “sun shot” by energy secretary Steven Chu – in reference … Read more »

Google, Marubeni JV to Fund Offshore Wind Power Cable Network

Google, Marubeni JV to Fund Offshore Wind Power Cable Network

Google and Marubeni, a Japanese trading house, plan to form a joint venture to develop an undersea power cable network along the U.S. Mid-Atlantic coast that will collect and deliver power from offshore wind farms, reports MarketWatch. The Atlantic Wind Connection (AWC) backbone will cover 350 miles off the coast from New … Read more »

Study: U.S. Offshore Wind Capacity Exceeds Total U.S. Electricity Generation

Study: U.S. Offshore Wind Capacity Exceeds Total U.S. Electricity Generation

The electricity generating potential of offshore wind resources in the U.S. is 4,150 gigawatts (GW) based on offshore resources from 26 coastal states and the Great Lakes, according to the latest report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). NREL says, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the nation’s … Read more »