Several advocacy organizations, including the New England Fishery Management Council and the Massachusetts Audubon Society, had previously voiced concerns about possible harm to aquatic and aviary life, but the Bureau’s most recent Environmental Assessment (EA) concluded that “reasonably foreseeable environmental effects associated with the commercial wind lease issuance and related activities would not significantly impact the environment.” … [Read more...] about Department of Interior Announces January Auction Date for Martha’s Vineyard Wind Energy Leases
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Last month the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2016.” It covers some pretty cool areas, including sensor applications. There will be $20 million in federal funding available for projects in the following two areas: Innovations, focusing on early-stage topics; and Frontiers, emphasizing later-stage, roadmap-driven topics. Read on to learn more about this funding opportunity! … [Read more...] about Department of Energy Issues Funding Opportunity Announcement “BENEFIT 2016”
SB 092 – Multi-agency Review of Stage Carbon Emission Plan – Sen. Cooke (R)Currently, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is expected to submit a state implementation plan (SIP) to the U.S. EPA, which will detail how electric utilities will reduce carbon emissions to meet federal Clean Air Act standards. This bill prohibits CDPHE from submitting the plan until the Public Utilities Commission conducts a hearing to determine the impact on customer utility rates, the PUC and CDPHE issue a joint report detailing the impact on rates, employment, and the state’s competitiveness, and the General Assembly adopts the SIP through a resolution approved by 2/3 in both houses. Lastly, the bill specifies that no SIP can be approved if it increase the average annual retail rate for customers by more than two percent, or would result in unreasonable reliability risks. The bill was postponed indefinitely at the sponsor’s request, but there are rumors of a … [Read more...] about Colorado Energy Legislation 2015: Where Do We Stand at the Session Midpoint?
Senate Bill 16-007 would add a three-times multiplier to Colorado’s renewable energy standard for energy produced from forest materials biomass harvested from locations having a high wildfire potential. If enacted, this legislation offers the dual benefit of incentivizing an additional source of clean energy in Colorado while at the same time addressing the state’s perennial wildfire risks. It remains to be seen whether these benefits are sufficient to overcome potential resistance associated with increased competition among various clean energy power providers. … [Read more...] about Colorado Legislative Session Opens With Variety of Energy-Related Bills
Recently, the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy issued Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States. The report, a follow up to the 2008 20% Wind Energy by 2030, looks at the future of wind power through 2050 along with the economic, environmental, and social benefits of a robust wind industry. Key takeaways include: … [Read more...] about Department of Energy Releases Wind Vision Report: Accelerating Growth Offers a Promising Future