Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., wants the Obama administration to reconsider a proposal to provide new incentives to wind power producers through the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Energy Incentive Program.
Citing a favorable wind pricing environment supported by federal tax credits for new wind projects, Xcel Energy on Sept. 22 said it is looking to bring up to 1,500 megawatts of new wind power to its customers. Xcel Energy said this represents one of the largest wind energy proposals in the nation.
Wind generation set a new milestone in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas region on the afternoon of Nov. 27, providing more than 15,000 megawatts of the electricity used in the ERCOT region for the first time ever, the Texas grid operator reported on Nov. 28.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and several other prominent investors including Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos on Dec. 12 unveiled a $1 billion investment fund, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, for emerging energy technologies.
The Board of Trustees of the Long Island Power Authority on Jan. 25 voted to approve the nation's largest offshore wind farm and the first offshore wind farm in New York.
The Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is proposing to authorize the expenditure of federal funding for an offshore wind demonstration project consisting of two turbines on floating foundations in the Gulf of Maine.