April 2010

Cape Wind Approval Signals (Regulatory) Tide is Turning for U.S. Offshore Wind Development

April 29, 2010 09:53
Several European countries already have offshore wind farms, including Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.  Earlier this year, China completed the installation of its Shanghai Donghai Bridge offshore wind farm project, which has a total installed capacity of 102 MW (enough to power 200,000 Shanghai homes) and is the first large scale offshore wind farm constructed outside Europe.  As for the United States, the Department of Interior (DOI) had issued a report last April which noted (in part) that 28 of the contiguous states have a coastal boundary (inclu...

Climate Change | Renewable Energy | Solar Energy

Wind Projects and Insurance - CAPE WIND Approval Makes This Even More Important

April 29, 2010 02:29
by J. Wylie Donald
Movie production or distribution is not something I get to do every day.  Or even at all.  But this opportunity is proving hard to pass up.  What happens when a windmill fails?  Let’s watch what happened in Denmark in February 2008.  http://www.windaction.org/videos/14294.  Can you get insurance for this?  And what about other problems that wind farm owners and operators might face?  This is not of obscure interest.  Last night Interior Secretary Salazar made a decision on whether the Cape Wind wind farm project in Nantucket Sound can move f...

Wind Energy | Weather

How Do You Spell Certiorari? Climate Change Suits En Banc

April 1, 2010 18:33
by J. Wylie Donald
"Plaintiffs' homeowner's insurance premiums have dramatically increased as a result of global climate change." So asserts Ned Comer and his co-plaintiffs in their Supplemental Brief on Rehearing En Banc, filed yesterday with the Fifth Circuit in the en banc appeal of Comer v. Murphy Oil USA. Although those premiums do not resurface anywhere else in the brief, presumably their insertion is to demonstrate "an invasion of a legally protected interest which is (a) concrete and particularized and (b) actual and imminent, not 'conjectural' or 'hypothetical'. Lujan v Defenders of Wildlife, 504 U.S. 5...

Climate Change | Weather | Greenhouse Gases

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