The Interior Department today asked the public to suggest ways it should offer hundreds of square miles of water off mid-Atlantic states for offshore wind projects.
An EWEA report said the increased electricity will also generate a surge of new jobs — close to 300,000 in the EU offshore wind power sector by 2030.
Global emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil-fuel burning jumped by the largest amount on record last year, upending the notion that the brief decline during the recession might persist through the recovery.
With just a month to go before it is set to expire, congressional supporters of a Treasury Department renewable energy grant program have started lobbying their colleagues to keep the effort alive for one more year.
Of those, 15 minor public lands bills and a medical isotope production measure have passed the full Senate unanimously, without a roll call vote. But that is where the committee’s legislative momentum dries up.
Texas and New England may soon run short of the generating capacity they need to reliably meet peak loads, largely because old plants will be retired rather than retrofitted to meet new pollution rules, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation reported on Monday.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Jeff Bingaman will wait until next year to introduce legislation that would require utilities to generate a portion of their electricity from low-carbon sources.
After four months of pressure campaigns and prognostication, the failure of the so-called congressional “supercommittee” to agree on $1.2 trillion in long-term spending cuts leaves energy and environmental programs in much the same position that they were after the August debt-limit deal: an uneasy limbo.
As people begin gathering at next week’s OFFSHORE 2011 conference in Amsterdam, it’s a safe bet that some conversations will focus on a just-released book by the International Energy Agency (IEA) which says wind power, solar power, geothermal energy and other renewables are now the fastest-growing sector of the energy mix.
Renewable energy is surpassing fossil fuels for the first time in new power-plant investments, shaking off setbacks from the financial crisis and an impasse at the United Nations global warming talks.