DOE Awards $141 Million to ‘Innovative’ Offshore Wind Energy Projects

Department of Energy: “As a part of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department announced [Wednesday] the selection of three pioneering offshore wind demonstrations to receive up to $47 million each over the next four years to deploy innovative, grid-connected systems in federal and state waters by 2017.”

“These projects – located off the coast of New Jersey, Oregon and Virginia – will help speed the deployment of more efficient offshore wind power technologies. Building on the Energy Department’s broader efforts to launch a competitive and sustainable offshore wind industry in the United States, these demonstration projects will help further lower costs, drive greater performance and clear hurdles to installing more utility-scale turbines in U.S. waters.”

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McConnell Fears an ‘Elitist War on Coal’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) accused the Obama administration Wednesday of waging an “elitist war on coal.” McConnell: “The...