Articles filed under Energy Policy from USA

Wind act will eliminate local review authority

This Act explicitly authorizes this single state agency to approve wind projects regardless of local decisions and regardless of recommendations from other state agencies with expertise related to such projects. It also replaces environmental laws with weaker "standards" that can be waived solely at the discretion of that agency and eliminates rights of appeal by municipal officers, municipalities, and most by other parties.
18 Oct 2010

Legislation may bar Sea Girt-Manasquan wind turbine; Plan for Guard site opposed

Residents of Sea Girt and Manasquan have loudly opposed the DMAVA's plans to build a federally funded 325-foot turbine at its National Guard Training Center, a state-owned parcel of land that lies between the two boroughs. Kean said the Office of Legislative Services in Trenton is researching laws in California, Illinois and Europe regarding turbine setback requirements.
17 Oct 2010

Natural gas is king in US energy drive; Abundant supply may change strategy

Billions of dollars' worth of plans to build wind farms and nuclear reactors have been delayed or scuttled, including Constellation Energy's Calvert Cliffs nuclear project in Maryland. ...Natural gas emits fewer dangerous chemicals and about half as much carbon dioxide as coal. The new natural gas discoveries, mostly beneath states in the East, South and Midwest, have kept prices remarkably low.
17 Oct 2010

Google's windy proposal

This is exactly the position of the Cape Wind project where the price per kilowatt hour is to be more than double the typical charge. We have opposed this project and the Massachusetts state mandates that lie behind it. If any Atlantic Coast turbines carry similar cost penalties they should be opposed too.
16 Oct 2010

U.S. to investigate China's clean energy aid

Hours after the Office of the United States Trade Representative announced an investigation into China's support for makers of wind and solar energy products, advanced batteries and energy-efficient vehicles, the Treasury Department said it would delay its semiannual report on foreign-exchange rates.
16 Oct 2010

Google's windy proposal

This is exactly the position of the Cape Wind project where the price per kilowatt hour is to be more than double the typical charge. We have opposed this project and the Massachusetts state mandates that lie behind it. If any Atlantic Coast turbines carry similar cost penalties they should be opposed too.
16 Oct 2010

Biomass benefits, emissions debated

Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles directed the DOER to revise its biomass regulations following a study on the sustainability and carbon impacts of burning biomass to generate electricity. The study by the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences revealed new insights about greenhouse gas emissions from biomass plants.
16 Oct 2010

Experts see path to lower power rates

Be careful about banking too much on renewables, Buxton said, because land-based wind power today costs much more than power generated by natural gas, and offshore wind power will cost three or four times as much. And don't look for miracles from Canada, he said. The Canadians can produce low-cost hydroelectricity, but they sell it in the United States at the market price.
15 Oct 2010

Stimulus cash flowed to completed, under-way renewable energy projects

"It's essentially funding economic activity that already would have occurred," said Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense. "So it's just a pure subsidy." Money spent on those projects might have helped the economy more had it been used for other efforts targeting the most troubled states or workers, Ellis added. The stimulus bill "threw cash" at programs, he said, without a comprehensive plan.
15 Oct 2010

Will Wall Street get behind offshore wind?

Even if investors are convinced the ORECs are sufficient, there also are risks to developers when setting their prices. If set too high, no will buy the certificates, said Jeff Tittel, executive director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. If set too low, the project will fail on its economics, he said.
14 Oct 2010

Will Wall Street get behind offshore wind?

Even if investors are convinced the ORECs are sufficient, there also are risks to developers when setting their prices. If set too high, no will buy the certificates, said Jeff Tittel, executive director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. If set too low, the project will fail on its economics, he said.
14 Oct 2010

Cape Wind backers blew right by cost

"We spent so much time making it sweet for Cape Wind, we skewed the market,'' said Robert Rio, senior vice president of the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, an industry group that wants the state to wait for cheaper renewables to be built. "Here, they are picking the winners and losers, but we should let the competitive market decide.''
10 Oct 2010

A worrisome wind bill

We're not anti-wind. We're not anti-industry. We believe that wind farms have a role to play on appropriate land parcels, but this bill would force municipalities to adhere to the state's approval criteria and it would effectively silence opposition from property owners affected by a wind turbine installation.
8 Oct 2010

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