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  1. DOE's Moniz, DOI's Jewell develop new offshore wind power strategy

    U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the publication of a plan to continue accelerating the development of offshore wind energy in the United States, which could help enable 86 GW of offshore wind power in the United States by 2050. The strategy details the current state of offshore wind power in the United States, presents the actions and innovations needed to reduce deployment costs and timelines, and provides a roadmap to support the growth and success of the industry. The announcement of the report followed a tour of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Wind Technology Testing Center by the two cabinet members, White House Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Dan Utech, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Abigail Hopper, the Energy Department’s Director of the Wind Energy Technologies Office Jose Zayas, and local and federal elected officials. The WTTC, located in the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston, is specifically designed to help the wind industry test the next generation of land-based and offshore wind turbine blades. The WTTC opened in 2011 and was funded by the Department of Energy ( DOE ) under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, and is an example of a crucial investment made during the Obama Administration to help the United States maintain its position as a leader in wind electricity generation. This new wind energy strategy is a part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan that will create American jobs and cut carbon pollution by developing America's clean energy resources. The strategy was published just weeks after construction was completed on America’s first offshore commercial wind farm off of Block Island, RI. The new 30 MW wind farm was BOEM’s first right-of-way grant and is expected to start operating by the end of 2016. It will generate enough electricity to power 17,000 homes in New England. Across the country, states like Massachusetts, which just passed an energy bill that requires utilities to get 1600 MW of their power from offshore wind by the summer of 2027, are accelerating the development of offshore wind across our nation’s coastal states. “This Administration has made significant investments in clean energy technologies, supporting a diversified energy portfolio to help meet our Climate Action Plan goal of permitting 20,000 MW of renewable electricity generation on public lands and waters by 2020,” said Secretary Jewell. “Thanks to involvement by partners at all levels of government, community stakeholders, tribes and the public, we've been able to stand up the first federal offshore wind energy program in the history of the U.S. and we are confident the strategy we're outlining today will chart a course for additional investment in clean energy technologies that can help power America's future.” “Offshore wind has experienced enormous progress during the Obama administration. The first offshore wind farm has now finished construction, and we have gone from zero offshore wind areas leased before this administration to eleven areas that total the size of Rhode Island,” said Energy Secretary Moniz. “Today’s collaborative strategic plan is part of a long-term commitment to support innovation that enables widespread offshore wind deployment and shows how offshore wind will benefit our country with new jobs, less pollution, and a more diversified electricity mix.” The National Offshore Wind Strategy identifies key challenges facing the industry and more than 30 specific actions that DOE and DOI can take over the next five years to address those challenges. These actions fall into three strategic areas: ·      Reducing technical costs and risks. DOI proposes the joint development of standard data collection guidelines to foster predictability and inform safe project development  and DOE will work to increase annual energy production and reliability of offshore wind plants. ·      Supporting effective stewardship. DOI commits to numerous actions to ensure that the regulatory process is predictable, transparent, efficient and informed by lessons learned from regulators in other countries. Additionally, as the first generation of installed projects come online, DOI and DOE will collect field data on parts of offshore development including impacts on marine life and turbine radar interference in order to support future offshore wind siting and plan reviews. ·      Improving the market conditions for investment in offshore wind energy. Studies are needed help quantify the broad grid integration impacts of adding significant amounts of offshore wind energy to the power system. Such information could significantly benefit the offshore wind community by informing state policies critical to supporting development. The strategy builds on DOE and DOI’s first joint offshore wind strategy, published in 2011. Since then, the Energy Department has allocated nearly $200 million to support three cutting-edge offshore wind demonstration projects led by the University of Maine, New Jersey’s Fishermen’s Energy, and Ohio’s Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation, and research and development investments in technologies that specifically address the opportunities and challenges across U.S. waters. Additionally, since 2010, the Department of the Interior has issued 11 commercial leases for offshore wind development, nine of which generated approximately $16 million through competitive lease sales and covered more than one million acres of federal waters. DOE has found that developing 86,000 MW of these offshore wind energy resources by 2050 would support 160,000 jobs, reduce power sector water consumption by 5 percent, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1.8 percent.

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    Tue, 13 Sep 2016

  2. GSA invests $4BB in Green Recovery Act construction projects nationwide

    The U.S. General Services Administration said that it awarded construction projects to more than 500 companies creating jobs in all 50 states, 2 territories, and the District of Columbia by investing $4 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

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    Wed, 7 Apr 2010

  3. CU-Boulder receives DOE Recovery Act funds for smart grid workforce training program

    The University of Colorado at Boulder was awarded $2.4 million in Recovery Act funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to build a smart grid workforce training program.

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    Mon, 12 Apr 2010

  4. Georgia Power Enviro Plan Excised A Lot of Coal-Fired Power from the Mix

    The Environmental Compliance Strategy for Georgia Power has included recently, in part for federal Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) compliance, a number of coal-fired power retirements and coal-to-gas conversions.

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    Mon, 1 Feb 2016

  1. Study: Recovery Act boosts electricity demand, helps modernize grid

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    Thu, 24 Mar 2011

  2. ARRA renewable funding

    The White House unveiled a new report, "The Recovery Act : Transforming the American Economy through Innovation," which says that because of the Recovery Act ’s $100 billion in investments, the U.S. is now on track to achieve four major innovation breakthroughs, including cutting the cost of solar ...

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    Tue, 24 Aug 2010

  3. Vegas-area coal plant owners to pay $4.3 million to settle lawsuit

    At its peak, the four-unit power plant produced up to 557 MW of electricity

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    Fri, 31 Jul 2015

  4. EPA draft assessment finds no widespread harm to drinking water from fracturing

    The US Environmental Protection Agency released a draft assessment June 4 of a study in which it concluded hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources, although the agency said potential water vulnerabilities exist.

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    Thu, 4 Jun 2015

  5. D.C. Circuit rejects CCS-related case for lack of standing

    Litigation challenging Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) treatment of certain carbon dioxide (CO2) that would be injected underground has been thrown out by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit because of lack of legal standing by those challenging the policy.

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    Wed, 3 Jun 2015

  6. Thompson elected as AFPM president

    Chet M. Thompson, a partner in Crowell & Moring LLP’s Washington office, will become the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers’ next president effective May 4, the association reported. Thompson succeeds Charles T. Drevna, who is retiring after 8 years.

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    Wed, 1 Apr 2015

  7. The seven ages of oil part 2: Boom and bust, war and peace, growth and decline

    The transformation of the United States from a net importer fighting a global war for energy security to total energy liberation by the shale boom has wholly changed international political and economic relations. 

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    Fri, 13 Mar 2015

  8. New Mexico county seeks generator rewind for 8-MW El Vado hydro project

    Los Alamos County invites applications for pre-qualification for a hydroelectric generator rewind project at the 8-MW El Vado hydro project on Rio Chama in New Mexico.

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    Wed, 12 Nov 2014

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