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Interior Secretary Approves Cape Wind Project

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that he was approving the Cape Wind Project, the Nation’s first deep water offshore wind project. Secretary Salazar’s decision overcomes a recommendation from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) to disapprove the Project because of impacts to properties listed in or eligible for listing in the National … Continue Reading

GVSU and MAREC Seek Partner for Met Tower in Lake Michigan

Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and its Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MAREC) have issued a Request for Proposals seeking funding partners to develop an offshore research platform and wind assessment meteorological (MET) tower installation.  GVSU and MAREC have acquired $3.1 Million in grants and research monies to fund a portion of the Project.  Partners … Continue Reading

Rhode Island PUC Rejects Offshore Wind PPA

Last week, the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission rejected a power purchase agreement (PPA) between Deepwater Wind and National Grid, the state’s largest utility, stating that the deal’s projected cost of electricity did not qualify as “commercially reasonable” under a test required by state law.  Deepwater would have charged National Grid 24.4 cents per kilowatt-hour in 2013, … Continue Reading

Virginia Jumping in to Offshore Wind

In late February, the Associated Press reported that the Minerals Management Service received proposals from two Virginia companies for leases on the outer continental shelf to develop offshore wind farms.  Apex Wind Energy Inc. is proposing to lease 116,000 acres for an undetermined number of wind turbines with the potential to generate up to 1,500 … Continue Reading

Michigan GLOW Council Issues Legislative Recommendations for Offshore Wind

Michigan’s Great Lakes Wind Council (GLOW Council), an advisory body within the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth to examine issues and make recommendations related to offshore wind development in Michigan, has issued recommendations for a regulatory framework for offshore wind in Michigan’s Great Lakes.  These recommendations follow the GLOW Council’s September 1, 2009 report (see previous blog … Continue Reading

Register Now for Live Meeting/Teleconference: Perspectives on Current Issues Facing Midwest Wind Projects

ENERGY BAR ASSOCIATION RENEWABLE ENERGY & DEMAND-SIDE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE Live Meeting/Teleconference Midwest Wind Development: Perspectives on Current Issues Facing Regional Wind Projects February 23, 2010 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Central Time) 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (Pacific Time) In this seminar, the expert panelists will discuss current … Continue Reading

Michigan Announces $1.3M in Grants for Offshore Wind Research

On February 8, 2010, the Michigan Public Service Commission issued an order approving $1.6 million in Michigan Energy Efficiency grants, $1.3 million of which will go to Grand Valley State University, Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center, in partnership with the University of Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute to conduct and/or perform studies to explore the feasibility … Continue Reading

Cuyahoga County Issues RFP for Studies on Lake Erie

On January 21, 2010, the Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force, under the authority of Cuyahoga County, issued a Request for Proposals to agencies and organizations interested in providing Avian and Bat ecological studies.  The studies supplement the Task Force’s Feasibility Study for an early stage commercial deployment project consisting of up to eight (8) … Continue Reading

New York Power Authority issues RFP for Great Lakes Wind

Earlier this week, the New York Power Authority issued a Request for Proposals for the development of offshore wind projects in either Lake Ontario or Lake Erie.  The Power Authority is soliciting proposals for the development of a utility scale, offshore wind power project in the range of 120 to 500 MW.  The date for submitting … Continue Reading

FERC Conditionally Approves MISO Tariff Amendment on Cost Allocation

This afternoon, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission conditionally approved the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator’s (MISO) proposed tariff amendment regarding allocating the cost of network upgrades for generation interconnection projects meeting MISO’s regional expansion criteria and benefits (RECB) standards.  See my previous blog entry for a more detailed discussion on the history of the tariff amendment, as well … Continue Reading

News from the 2009 Northern Plains Bioeconomy Conference

Below are some perspectives from the recent 2009 Northern Plains Bioeconomy Conference, as attended (and prepared by) my colleague, Joel Dahlgren. According to Dr. Bruce Dale, a professor of chemical engineering at Michigan State University (MSU), in a carbon-constrained world, cellulosic biomass is the cheapest energy per dollar of gigajoule (GJ) of energy produced. At $60 per ton … Continue Reading

Wisconsin Bill Addresses State Wind Siting Standards

Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle has signed a bill into law that will require the state Public Service Commission (PSC) to promulgate rules establishing common standards for political subdivisions to regulate the construction and operation of wind energy systems.  The legislation seeks to address the patchwork regulatory framework created by local jurisdictions’ development of their own siting regulations, and to address … Continue Reading

Maryland Jumps Into Offshore Wind

The Maryland Energy Administration has issued a Request for Expression of Information and Interest to gather information from industry representatives on the potential for offshore wind development in the state.  The MEA is also simultaneously initiating a study to evaluate opportunities for offshore wind energy on the Maryland coast (state waters) and the Outer Continental … Continue Reading

FERC Issues MISO Letter of Deficiency on RECB Cost Allocation Issue

On September 2, 2009, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a letter of deficiency to the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator in MISO’s RECB Phase I generator interconnect cost allocation tariff amendment proceedings (Docket No. ER09-1431).  See my previous blog entry on AWEA’s protest to the MISO filing for additional background. The letter instructs MISO to provide … Continue Reading

Michigan’s Great Lakes Wind Council Finalizes Offshore Report

On September 1, 2009, the Great Lakes Wind Council, created by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm in February 2009, issued its final report to the Governor.  The intended purpose of the report is to identify criteria that can be used to review applications for offshore wind development in the Great Lakes, and to identify criteria for identifying and mapping areas … Continue Reading

AWEA, Others File Protests at FERC to MISO Proposed Cost Allocation

On August 13, 2009, the American Wind Energy Association, Wind on the Wires and certain wind developers filed protests at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator’s (MISO) recent filing at FERC.  The MISO filing proposes to revise MISO’s cost allocation methodology for network upgrades for generator interconnection, and resulted from MISO’s Regional Expansion Criteria & Benefits (RECB) Task Force. The current … Continue Reading

Detroit Edison Issues RFP Seeking Additional Renewable Energy Resources

On August 18, 2009, Detroit Edison issued request for proposals (RFPs) seeking additional renewable energy resources for its portfolio. The first RFP involves development of a Michigan-based wind farm (or farms) capable of producing up to 75 MW of new wind power. The facilities must be operational by Dec. 31, 2011. Detroit Edison plans to take ownership of the … Continue Reading

DOE Unveils Hydrodynamic Testing Facilities Database

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Wind and Hydropower Technologies program recently unveiled a new database containing information on the test capabilities and services of a variety of U.S. hydrodynamic test facilities. The first-of-its-kind database encompasses 81 commercial, academic, and government facilities and offshore berths in 18 states, and will directly facilitate the testing of … Continue Reading

The Wind Energy Promotion Act: Turbo Charging the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit

U.S. Representatives Collin Peterson (MN) and Tim Walz (MN) introduced the Wind Energy Promotion Act (WEPA) last month. If WEPA becomes federal law, the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) promises to become an even more potent driver for wind power project development. Under current law, the PTC may only be used to shelter passive … Continue Reading

USDA Accepting Biomass Assistance Applications

On July 29, 2009, USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Jonathan Coppess announced that biomass conversion facilities can begin signing up to participate in the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which will help increase production of renewable energy.  The program, authorized in the 2008 farm bill, provides financial assistance to producers who deliver eligible material to … Continue Reading

North Dakota Legislature Addresses Wind Leases, Easements and Options

In its final days of session, the North Dakota legislature passed a bill creating certain requirements for leases or easements for wind energy development that are entered into in the state.    The bill’s requirements for wind leases and easements include:  placement of a cover page on every wind lease encouraging the landowner to review the agreement with his or her attorney; negotiations may not be maintained … Continue Reading

Interior Issues Limited Leases for Offshore Wind Projects

On June 23, 2009, the Minerals Management Service, a division within the U.S. Department of Interior, issued five limited leases to offshore wind energy developers for wind data collection on the Outer Continental Shelf.  These leases will allow for the construction of meteorological towers to collect site-specific data on wind speed, intensity, and direction.  The data collected under … Continue Reading
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