Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said she plans rigorous questioning of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, about renewables. She said that her support for Pruitt would depend on whether he supports wind and other clean energy sources.
The wind energy Production Tax Credit extension has triggered a slew of repowering and retrofitting projects across the US, according to MAKE Consulting. MAKE said that repowering is especially attractive because it gives wind farm operators the opportunity to cost-effectively increase a project's electrical output without having to invest in a new wind farm.
A coalition of fishing groups, coastal cities and trade associations have asked a court to stop the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management from proceeding with its planned offshore wind leasing round for a tract of ocean space off the coast of New York and New Jersey. Project supporter and environmentalist Adrienne Esposito argued that the project aims to protect fish species -- not harm them -- by combating climate change.
Vestas Wind Systems has won a contract to supply an undisclosed developer with turbines for a 101-megawatt project in the US, according to the company. The project will use Vestas' V126-3.45 MW and V117-3.45 MW machines with Power Optimized Mode to 3.6 MW.
Pattern Energy has begun commissioning its 180-megawatt Meikle project in British Columbia, Canada. The project features 61 machines, which are a mix of General Electric's 3.2 MW-103 and 2.75 MW-120 turbines.
Turbines could interfere with naval aviation in southern Texas, said the US Navy in a report. The report could have implications for Enbridge's 249-megawatt Chapman Ranch project, which would place 81 turbines in the region.
Offshore and land-based wind farms in the UK generated a record-breaking 10.104 gigawatts of electricity between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 7, according to RenewableUK. "It shows that wind is playing an increasingly central role as a reliable part of our new modern energy system," said RenewableUK Executive Director Emma Pinchbeck.
The Public Service Co. of Oklahoma next month will reduce costs by up to 76% for customers who sign up for its WindChoice program.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service is considering a plan that would allow the Power Co. of Wyoming two eagle-take permits for its Chokecherry-Sierra Madre wind farm in Wyoming. Construction of the project is expected to begin within the next couple of years, pending regulatory approval.
O'Henry's Coffee in Birmingham, Ala., is adding solar panels to power its facility, expecting to save nearly $2,000 in energy costs next year. The panels' cost should be recouped within five years.
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