President Obama yesterday announced several nominations, including two for vacant positions in the Department of Agriculture and one in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The president nominated senior USDA policy adviser Robert Bonnie to oversee conservation activities and the Forest Service; USDA Chief of Staff Krysta Harden to fill the department’s No. 2 position; and Ron Binz, Colorado’s former top utility regulator, to replace outgoing FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff.
A group of Sioux tribes in South Dakota are hoping to pump some much-needed revenue into their economies with an ambitious wind project, but some wind industry experts question whether the tribes understand the hurdles they face with such a large-scale development. Leaders from six Sioux tribes announced plans at last month’s Clinton Global Initiative to develop a renewable energy project that would generate 1 to 2 gigawatts of power annually. Funding for the up to $3 billion project would come from the sale of bonds by a new multi-tribal power authority as well as donations to a website.
Amid reports of wind turbine blades flying off and a resulting flurry of damage control measures, engineering powerhouse Siemens said Monday the chief of its wind power division would step down, two weeks after announcing costs related to incidents in California and Iowa.
A fierce legal battle is under way in Scotland, involving U.S. tycoon Donald Trump. At the heart of the wrangle: wind.
After President Obama laid out his sweeping climate change plan Tuesday, he turned over the keys to two women who will oversee its implementation. Obama climate and energy adviser Heather Zichal, who works out of the White House Domestic Policy Council, appears to be taking the lead on the higher-profile component of the plan, involving efforts to lower carbon emissions.
The Obama administration has granted final approval to a sprawling wind power project stretching across nearly 40,000 acres of public land in northwest Arizona that would become the state’s largest wind farm. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced today that the agency will issue a record of decision (ROD) approving Houston-based BP Wind Energy North America Inc.’s 500-megawatt Mohave County Wind Farm Project. The project would string together as many as 243 wind turbines across 35,000 acres managed by the Bureau of Land Management and 2,800 acres of Bureau of Reclamation land.
It’s been 12 years since the first offshore U.S. wind farm was proposed for the Massachusetts Nantucket Sound, but so far, not a single turbine has been put up. The struggles to get the Cape Wind project built stand in stark contrast to the torrid growth of the U.S.’s onshore wind industry — and the success of offshore wind in Europe. But now advocates are pointing to recent developments that they say show the offshore wind industry is on the cusp of turning into a full-force gale.
President Obama used his high-profile climate change speech Tuesday to try to drive a nail into the coffin of Congress’ relevance when it comes to leading the country, and the world, to a lower-carbon future. One day later, several lawmakers declared that reports of Congress’ irrelevance in the climate change debate had been greatly exaggerated.
A bill that aims to help Maine end its heavy dependence on heating oil was passed into law late Wednesday after the state Senate unanimously rejected Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of the measure. The measure is aimed at expanding New England’s natural gas infrastructure, boosting funding for energy efficiency, lowering businesses’ electricity costs and making it more affordable for residents to abandon oil heat.
President Obama today said that rather than waiting for Congress to act on climate change, his administration would move forward in every way it could — curbing emissions, shoring up American infrastructure and heading “a coordinated assault” abroad on global warming. The president said he chose the venue for today’s speech — a sun-dappled Georgetown University quad — because climate change is a threat to the next generation’s future.