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GAO report: Feds losing track of renewable energy bonds

The agency charged with overseeing renewable energy infrastructure on federal lands is inconsistent in collecting and overseeing the bonds it holds for those projects ...The GAO said about one-third of the projects BLM has authorized were under-bonded by as much as $15 million total, “leaving the federal government potentially at financial risk if developers do not complete reclamation.”
24 Jun 2015

Moore Township wind farm plans halted

Following the ordinance approval, Raymond Ellis II, of Snover, submitted a petition June 16 asking for a referendum of the ordinance, meaning that the ordinance is frozen until township residents vote on it in November’s general election. Greg Dorman, Moore Township supervisor, said if residents vote down the ordinance than the township board will have to re-write it.
24 Jun 2015

BLM has limited assurance that wind and solar projects are adequately bonded: GAO Report

Gao-decommissioning-highlights_thumb The GAO conducted a file review of 45 wind and solar development project rights-of-way with a bond as of April 15, 2014; analyzed data from BLM data systems; reviewed relevant federal laws, regulations, and BLM policies and procedures; and interviewed agency officials. GAO found about one-third of the wind and solar rights-of-way were underbonded by as much as $15 million in total. Also, BLM did not clearly document how it made its bond decisions, contrary to government standards that call for documentation of significant events. The highlights of the GAO report are provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
23 Jun 2015

Air Force turbine offline for repairs

The Air Force first shut down the 389-foot-tall turbine, manufactured by Fuhrlander, in May of 2014 after there was an indication the gearbox was failing, Forbes said. Metal flakes were found in some oil, she said. ...It took time to get the funds approved for a new gearbox and a contract to hire a company to do the work. The project cost is $600,000, Forbes said.
23 Jun 2015

U.S. wind production tanks in Q1 2015

Eia-2015-q1-wind-final_thumb Last April, Reuters and others reported poor winds in some western states during the first quarter of 2015.    We checked the preliminary production data released by the Energy Information Administration for that period and, sure enough, the production numbers were way down. The attached spreadsheet compares Q1'15 performance against the same period in 2014. A summary of the capacity factors for the states reporting wind project information is provided below. The full data can be accessed by downloading the attachment on this page.   Texas, California, Iowa, Oklahoma and Illinois, which account for 50% of total installed wind in the US, each experienced significant reductions in output for the first quarter. NextEra Energy confirmed the reduction in Texas performance during its first quarter earnings conference call. 
22 Jun 2015

http://www.windaction.org/posts?location=USA&p=178
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