Governors Urge State-Led Energy Policy
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D) asked President Obama January 14 to let states lead in developing energy and climate policy. He believes that states could join together to create a national framework that would include regional variation based on geological differences. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (R), chair of the National Governors Association, praised state efforts and said that federal policies should complement state efforts to improve energy security and diversify our domestic energy production.
ME PUC Approves Aqua Ventus
The Maine Public Utilities Commission approved January 14 a state contract to the University of Maine and its partner companies to build a two-turbine, 12MW offshore wind pilot project off the coast of Monhegan Island. The project can now seek a power purchase agreement with Central Maine Power Company, and developers anticipate the project to be online by August 2017.
$20.4 Million for NY Anaerobic Digesters
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority announced January 17 the availability of about $20.4 million in Renewable Portfolio Standard funding through 2015 to support the installation and operation of Anaerobic Digester Gas to Electricity Systems in the state. Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis in increments of up to $2 million per project. NYSERDA must receive applications by the end of 2015.