Financial firm BlackRock purchased a majority stake in OwnEnergy's Windthorst-2 wind project in Texas. OwnEnergy will still maintain and operate the 68-megawatt facility, construction of which will begin this month. The project will have 28 wind turbines and is expected to begin operations next year.
The West Texas Municipal Power Agency has entered into a proposed power purchase deal with NextEra Energy Resources for up to 100 megawatts from the Elk City II wind farm in Oklahoma beginning in 2019, when the agency's contract with Xcel Energy ends, said Lubbock, Texas, Mayor Glen Robertson. The agency did not release the cost for the wind-generated power, but Robertson said it "will be less than what we're paying today." A transmission plan must be approved by the Southwest Power Pool before the transaction can proceed.
Mississippi is starting to receive federal funds to rebuild buildings and homes damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. "We're turning the corner," a Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesman says. "We're going to see a tremendous amount of reconstruction."
The Senate has given the OK to a bill authorizing about $13 billion for water projects conducted by the Corps of Engineers. The bill, however, includes a provision requiring large, controversial Corps projects to be subject to reviews from outside officials due to environmental concerns.
Boston is facing the closure of yet another Big Dig tunnel after investigators found the same kind of problem with loose bolts that caused a tunnel section to collapse earlier this month and killed a motorist. The bolts were found at the westbound entrance to the Ted Williams harbor tunnel, and the eastbound tunnel was closed for a day last week when loose bolts were found.