Reports on new funding by the DOE and the Department of Interior for various advanced hydro projects, including sustainable run of the river hydro and pumped storage as well. The announced $17 million in funding over the next three years is targeted for research and development projects to advance hydropower technology.
The oil slick spreading across the Gulf of Mexico has shattered the notion that offshore drilling had become safe. A close look at the accident shows that lax federal oversight, complacency by BP and the other companies involved, and the complexities of drilling a mile deep all combined to create the perfect environmental storm.
As part of the ongoing federal response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, EPA today established a website to inform the public about the spill’s impact on the environment and the health of nearby residents. The website – http://www.epa.gov/bpspill – will contain data from EPA’s ongoing air monitoring along with other information about the agency’s activities in the region.
Event Spotlight: The Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference To Provide Real Solutions to Industry and Regional Governments
The Blue Green Alliance is sponsoring the 2010 Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference, which will be held May 4-6 in Washington, D.C. at the Washington Hilton. The event focuses on transforming ideas into action and revitalizing the nation by building a green economy that creates good jobs, reduces global warming and preserves America’s economic and environmental security.
WIND ENERGY UPDATE: Offshore Wind Gets Major Boost, American Wind Energy Association Annual Wind Industry Report, Construction Begins on New South Texas Wind Farm, Seattle Company Proposes Floating Wind Farms
Offshore Wind Gets Major Boost with announcement by President Obama that the Department of the Interior has finalized a long-awaited framework for renewable energy production on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Wind energy continues rapid growth according to new report from the American Wind Energy Association. The US has surpassed 25 gigawatts (GW) of installed wind energy capacity in 2008. Construction of a new wind farm has begun in Texas. Seatle firm proposes floating offshore wind farms.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar wants to create renewable energy zones to spur solar and wind energy projects, and build power lines to get the electricity to markets. In an interview with The Associated Press, Salazar said that while some regions of the country as well as offshore areas have great potential for wind energy and solar, there isn’t a clear plan to develop the resources.