Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the department is requesting public comment on the proposed 820-mile transmission backbone. The agency is also investigating whether other developers are interested in competing for the project with Atlantic Grid Holdings LLC, which has requested right of way for the high-voltage transmission line.
The Obama administration moved Tuesday to boost renewable energy on both coasts, approving onshore solar and wind farms in the West and pushing for offshore wind power in the Atlantic Ocean. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said his department has approved a 300-megawatt solar farm on public land in Arizona and a 200-megawatt wind farm in Southern California.
After delaying a vote that has exposed internal GOP schisms, House Republicans are poised today to turn back a bipartisan Senate proposal to force a quick White House ruling on the Keystone XL oil pipeline while extending a payroll tax cut.
Billionaire Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co. said Friday it will invest in a second solar firm.
Maryland lawmakers are preparing to resume debate on one of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s major green initiatives, an offshore wind energy bill that stalled during the last legislative session amid concerns about the cost to utility companies and their customers.
The House Republican leader on Sunday flatly rejected a short-term, bipartisan Senate measure to extend a payroll tax break and unemployment insurance, setting the stage for a bitter year-end Congressional collision and the potential loss of benefits for millions of Americans.
The Senate’s chief tax writer vowed to pursue extensions for clean energy tax credits in January after the incentives were left out of year-end tax language the Senate cleared this weekend.
Schwarzenegger, on break from a movie set, said he was transitioning from the entertainment industry back to his former mindset. “At 10 at night I was still on a movie set slamming a guy’s head against a bridge,” he said. “Now I’m sitting here talking about renewable energy and the future of the world and that stuff.”
Regulators have approved construction of wind farm with as many as 59 turbines in western New York.
Lawmakers in both chambers signed off on the omnibus spending deal that would fund U.S. EPA, the Energy Department, the Interior Department and other agencies for the rest of fiscal 2012. The deal paves the way for votes in both chambers today, a move that would narrowly avoid a government shutdown when current funding expires at midnight. The 1,200-page conference agreement released just before midnight last night appears nearly identical to language House Republicans released as a stand-alone bill early yesterday morning, including the same steep cuts for EPA and the rider on lighting efficiency standards.