Tag: wind energy

Wyoming Game & Fish Department Extends Comment Period for Wind Energy Recommendations

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department ("WGFD") has extended the public comment period on a draft document:  "Wind Energy Issues:  Impacts and Mitigation for Wildlife in Wyoming" from December 18, 2009 to February 1, 2010.  The document provides recommendations for assessing impacts to wildlife from wind energy projects, for collecting data, and for mitigating effects on … Continue Reading

Will Wyoming Tax Electricity Generated From Wind Energy Projects?

On November 18, 2009, the Wyoming interim Joint Revenue Committee (the "Committee") considered two bills, each of which proposed to tax wind generated electricity.  Neither bill passed the committee on tie votes of 6-6 (4-4 House members and 2-2 senate members).  One of the bills sponsored by Sen John Schiffer, R-Kaycee, chairman of the Committee (legisweb.state.wy.us/interimCommittee/2009/10LSO-0126w4.pdf) proposed a tax of $.0010 upon each … 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

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

Show me the Money: Webinar Explaining the Wind Turbine Drivetrain FOA

About a month ago we issued an alert regarding a $45 million funding opportunity announcement ("FOA") for the development of a wind turbine drivetrain testing facility (alert available here). Today, the Department of Energy ("DOE") announced that they are hosting a webinar regarding this FOA.  The webinar will be held July 30, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern.  Through this … Continue Reading

FERC Aims to Accelerate Smart Grid Deployment

On July 16, 2009, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Policy Statement on smart grid technologies, providing guidance on future smart grid interoperability standards and establishing an interim incentive rate policy that applies to near-term smart grid deployments (even those used in pilot or demonstration projects).  Notably, FERC identified four technologies as being … Continue Reading

USDA Small Wind Grants Cover 25% of Costs

Farmers, ranchers and rural business owners have until July 31, 2009 to apply for a Rural Energy for America Program ("REAP") grant from the USDA for the purchase and installation of small wind turbines. The grants provide up to 25% of the total installed cost of a small wind turbine system, and together with the … Continue Reading

Show me the Money: Applications Available now for Washington’s State Energy Program

On July 1, 2009, Washington State’s Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development (“CTED”) issued application guidelines and forms for its State Energy Program (“SEP”) (available by clicking here). The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the “Recovery Act”) provided $60.9 million in new funding for Washington’s SEP. Subsequently, the Washington Legislature allocated $38.5 million to … Continue Reading

DOE Announces $59 million in Conditional Loan Guarantees

On July 2, 2009, the Department of Energy ("DOE") announced $59 million in conditional loan guarantees in the form of $16 million for a wind turbine assembly plant and $43 million for a 20 megawatt flywheel energy storage plant. Nordic Windpower, USA has been conditionally offered a $16 million loan to support the tooling and commercial-scale … Continue Reading

San Diego Gas & Electric Issues RFO for Renewable Resources

Today, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) issued a Request for Offers seeking eligible renewable resources that the utility will use to meet its California Renewable Portfolio Standard requirements.  Respondents may submit one or more of three alternative proposals: Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).  Respondents are asked to propose a 10, 15, or 20-year PPA for … Continue Reading

Cowlitz and Klickitat PUDs Share DOE Public Power Wind Pioneer Award

The U.S. Department of Energy Wind Powering America Program today announced that two Washington state public utility districts, Cowlitz County PUD and Klickitat PUD, are the co-winners of the 2009 Public Power Wind Pioneer Award for their outstanding teamwork and innovation in the development of the White Creek Wind Farm. The annual award was created … Continue Reading

Show me the Money: $24 million Funding Opportunity for Wind Energy Research and Development

On June 2, 2009, the Department of Energy ("DOE") issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement ("FOA") providing $24 million for the development of consortia between universities and industry to focus on critical wind energy challenges. DOE intends on awarding two to three grants of $8-12 million.  The grants will be used to address two areas: Partnerships for Wind … Continue Reading

Green Power Express Receives Green Light from FERC

On April 10, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved a request for various transmission infrastructure investment incentives submitted by Green Power Express LP (GPE), a transmission-only partnership that proposes to build a 765 kV "green superhighway" consisting of three interconnected loops in North and South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa.  GPE’s proposal will also extend radially … Continue Reading

A Superconductor Pipeline for Renewable Energy

Among all the interesting presentations at this month’s AWEA transmission and wind workshop, American Superconductor‘s presentation about developments with superconducting transmission lines was particularly noteworthy.  Superconducting direct current lines offer greater efficiency, as well as siting and aesthetics benefits, but have historically fallen victim to much higher costs when compared to traditional overhead transmission lines.  … Continue Reading
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