Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Renewable Energy News, September 8, 2010

Maine tidal power turbine being moved to benefit fishermen
For weeks, Ocean Renewable Power Co. has been working with local officials and the Maine Marine Patrol to find a new location for its tidal power turbine so that the equipment would not negatively affect local fishermen.

Rumors were rampant this week that the 60-kilowatt turbine was supposed to have been removed by Sept. 1 and that it would interfere with the coming sea urchin season.

On Tuesday, Town Administrator John Sutherland and ORPC Project Manager John Ferland both confirmed that the date for removal is Sept. 30, although the mooring should be removed as early as next week.

“We are showing our respect for the fishing industry,” Ferland said. “We are not taking any of their concerns lightly, and things are going very well.”

Ferland said a new location has been found for the turbines off Seward Neck, where it will not get in the way of divers or draggers.
Delaware energy: State OKs Delmarva contracts for renewables
Two Delmarva Power contracts for renewable energy received the blessing of the Delaware Public Service Commission on Tuesday.

The PSC approved Delmarva's 20-year, $42.6 million power purchase from a solar electricity farm planned in Dover, and also approved moving back the dates for electricity deliveries from the NRG Bluewater Wind offshore wind project. Bluewater and Delmarva officials have cited federal permitting delays for moving back project milestones.

Both projects will help the utility satisfy a state requirement that it buy an increasing amount of its power from renewable sources.
National leaders focus on renewable energy in Nevada
The Center for American Progress Action Fund and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., hosted the third in a series of national clean-energy summit meetings Tuesday at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. More than 40 people rallied outside the event, with some wearing green hard hats and waving signs that equated clean energy with green jobs.

Reid said that encouraging the development of emerging clean-energy industries could ease the nation’s security problems and help overcome economic woes.

“We need to take that little spark and turn it into a wildfire,” Reid said.
Indiana panel's proposal would expand 'net metering'
A proposed expansion of Indiana's rules dictating which owners of wind turbines and other renewable power systems get credit for excess power they generate is drawing early support from clean energy advocates.

The draft "net metering" rule would boost the state's power cap for renewable power units and expand it to all customer classes served by electric utilities.

Under net metering, customers are charged only for the net amount of power they use. They get credit on future bills for excess power generated and sent into the electric grid.
Nevada Geothermal Project Gets DOE Loan Guarantee
DOE announced on September 7 a partial guarantee for a $98.5 million loan to the 49.5-megawatt Blue Mountain "Faulkner 1" geothermal project in northwestern Nevada. The project consists of a geothermal well field along with fluid collection and injection systems that enable energy to be extracted from rock and fluid below the Earth's surface. It uses a power plant that converts geothermal energy into electricity. The project has a 20-year power purchase agreement to sell electricity and renewable energy credits to Nevada Geothermal Power, Inc.
China atop renewable energy index
China overtook the U.S. to lead a quarterly index of the most attractive countries for renewable energy projects for the first time, according to the global accounting firm Ernst & Young, which compiles the list.

China, which shared the lead with the U.S. in the first quarter, moved ahead of the world's largest economy and ranked the most attractive for investment in wind and solar projects.

The move followed the failure of a proposed energy bill in the U.S. to include a clean energy standard, the company said Tuesday.

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