Monday, April 26, 2010

Renewable Energy News, April 26, 2010

New England to upgrade electric grid to cut bills -
Power companies in New England are beginning work on a nearly half-billion-dollar plan to upgrade the region's electric grid to make way for appliances that can shut down to reduce electric bills, improve energy conservation and connect to wind and solar energy.
For towns, energy issues prove vexing: Times Argus Online
Poultney's planning commission had a handful of issues it wanted to look at when a five-year rewrite of the town plan began earlier this month. One particular issue, though, was at the top of the list. "The first thing we're going to be talking about is energy," commission member Ernest DeMatties said. Poultney, a small town southwest of Rutland, has several potential turbine locations tied to a proposed wind farm, and the commission plans to pay careful attention to renewable energy issues in the new plan. DeMatties was careful to avoid taking a position for or against wind towers.
Editorial - Cape Wind and Mr. Salazar -
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is expected to announce this week whether a controversial wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts can proceed. Given the country’s need for alternative energy sources — and the administration’s commitment to promoting them — it would be dismaying if he did not give the go-ahead.
Has Rhode Island Pulled Ahead of Mass. in the Race to Build the First Offshore Wind Farm? | Vermont Journal of Environmental Law
Since mid-2001, the U.S. energy community has expected that the first American offshore wind farm would be located just off of Massachusetts, in the waters of Cape Cod. However, due to astonishing legal and regulatory delays, Massachusetts still does not have an offshore wind facility. Meanwhile, as reported in the New York Times ("Massachusetts and Rhode Island Compete Over Wind Farm") in April 2010, Rhode Island has developed its own offshore wind farm siting regime, which may prove superior to Massachusetts' permitting and siting regime.
US Climate change bill stalls in Senate | Earth PM
In one of the proudest moments of his long legislative career, Senator John F. Kerry was poised to unveil a long-awaited climate change bill tomorrow that would put a price on carbon emissions and provide billions of dollars in incentives to industry to drastically cut greenhouse gases. Kerry had brought business on board, and even forged something rare in Washington, a bipartisan compromise with a key Republican leader.
Then his effort ran headlong into the Senate’s partisan snarl, and last night the release of the bill was postponed indefinitely. Senator Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who had allied himself with Kerry on the issue, abruptly abandoned the effort last night, saying he was irate that the Senate’s Democratic leadership might proceed with a controversial immigration bill first.
Friedman: Delaying Climate Bill a Disaster - Face The Nation - CBS News
Legislation long in the works to tackle climate change, greenhouse gases and renewable energy was put on hold this weekend, amid Democratic efforts to move forward an immigration reform bill - and in the process may lose the bill its Republican sponsor. . . . On CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, author of "Hot, Flat and Crowded," called the delay in climate legislation "a disaster."
Yale Daily News - Energy experts back tougher regulations
Experts in clean energy technologies met with about 300 guests to discuss ways to increase use of renewable resources at the first annual Yale Clean Energy Innovation Conference. The conference, hosted by the Yale Climate and Energy Institute, consisted of presentations and panels about topics ranging from appropriate policies to electric vehicles.
A Look at the Top States for Renewable Energy Funding
Sixteen states have taken the lead in funding for renewable energy projects through tax and production incentives, rebates, grants, and loans.

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