The Supreme Court has ruled against against a lawsuit (Connecticut v. American Electric Power [pdf]) which would have given a handful of states the ability to sue private utilities for the greenhouse gas emissions they produce.
Last week, energy developers Enel Green Power North America, Inc. and Wind Capital Group both moved forward with wind farm developments in Kansas.
Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE: DUK) said today it has chosen a 36 megawatt (MW) battery system developed by Xtreme Power Inc. to store and manage power generated at Duke’s 153 MW Notrees Windpower Project in west Texas. The company said the storage system will be one of the largest of its kind in the world and will be operating by late 2012.
One of the largest hurdles facing energy developers in North America is lack of transmission lines.
The burning of biomass generates more electricity in the U.S. than wind, solar and geothermal energy combined, but a new regulation scheduled for implementation January 2, 2011 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may discourage new biomass projects, including those proposing to convert from coal to biomass.