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Sutley chief of staff to take reins at CEQ

Source: Robin Bravender, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, February 7th, 2014

Nancy Sutley’s chief of staff, Mike Boots, will take the helm of the Council on Environmental Quality later this month. Boots will fill in as acting chief of the White House environmental office Feb. 18 after the CEQ chairwoman leaves the administration, CEQ spokeswoman Taryn Tuss said today.

West Coast offshore floating turbine project makes headway, but obstacles remain

Source: Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, February 7th, 2014

A demonstration floating offshore wind project in Oregon breezed over another hurdle yesterday, raising hopes that West Coast’s first offshore turbines will begin spinning before the end of the decade. However, the project’s developers indicated that this new and potentially transformative technology will likely find a more welcoming market in Europe before it is realized at utility scale in the United States.

As turbine technology steps up, new obstacles to development arise in Ala.

Source: Kristi E. Swartz, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, February 7th, 2014

Industry and federal government officials say advances in turbine technology could transform wind development in the Southeast, adding another renewable fuel option to an area once dominated by coal. But as outside developers are eyeing places to build taller towers and longer blades, emerging lawsuits and legislation could drive them away.

Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition Announces New Leadership

Source: by NAW Staff, North American Wind Power • Posted: Friday, February 7th, 2014

“I look forward to working with Governor Inslee and our coalition colleagues to help the wind energyindustry diversify our nation’s energy portfolio,” says Daugaard. “We will continue working with Congress to extend the federal wind production tax credit so the industry can continue to produce rewarding careers throughout the nation.

Game of musical chairs set to begin — as agendas of new leaders start to take shape

Source: Nick Juliano, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, February 7th, 2014

Baucus’ exit means Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) will take his place atop the Senate Finance Committee and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) will take over for Wyden as chairwoman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Both moves are likely to lead to a shift in emphasis at both committees, although the senators are still crafting the agendas they will pursue in their new roles. Landrieu said she is planning to sit down soon with top energy Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska to discuss the committee’s agenda. The two are largely aligned in their support for policies favored by the oil and gas industry, which is prevalent in both of their states. But Landrieu said she has not yet fully crafted her priority list.

As renewables come online, business models, regulatory structures lag — panel

Source: Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Fifty years from now, the U.S. electrical grid will look less like a one-way exchange of supply and demand than a network of interchangeable power sources, batteries, appliances and devices. It will be smart enough to balance the intermittency of solar and wind power, while simultaneously optimizing the power demands of hundreds of millions of customers — customers who know more and have more control over their consumption of electricity.

Global wind capacity up 12.4 percent in 2013: industry data

Source: London, REUTERS • Posted: Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Global installed wind power capacity increased by 12.4 percent to more than 318 gigawatts in 2013 led by China and Canada, industry figures showed on Wednesday. Capacity rose from around 283 GW at the end of 2012, data from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) showed. However, installations slowed in 2013 to about 35.5 GW, almost 10 GW less than a year earlier mostly on a drop in the United States.

Georgetown Law honors EPA climate rules architect

Source: Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Lisa Heinzerling, a key architect of U.S. EPA’s climate change regulations, has been selected for a Georgetown University Law School professorship named for former Supreme Court Justice William Brennan Jr. A former clerk for Brennan, Heinzerling is well-known for helping to lay the legal foundation for EPA’s bid to use the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gases.

Carroll County Iowa to get wind farm

Source: Written by Matthew Patane, Des Moines Register • Posted: Thursday, February 6th, 2014

A New Jersey energy firm has set its sights on Carroll County for a $42 million wind farm investment. NJR Clean Energy Ventures, a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources, announced Wednesday that it has agreed to acquire its second onshore wind project on 1,100 acres in the county.

Interior to advance Ore. floating turbine proposal

Source: Phil Taylor, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, February 6th, 2014

The Interior Department is expected to announce today that it’s advancing a Seattle company’s plan to install the nation’s first commercial floating wind turbine facility. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Tommy Beaudreau are scheduled to make the announcement this afternoon in Portland alongside Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber.