NJ Enacts Law to Boost Offshore Wind
Hawaii, Nissan Agree to EV Partnership
$8.5M for Solar Grid Integration
U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Consortia Selected
Nevada Geothermal Project Gets DOE Loan Guarantee
DOE, USDA to Breed Biofuels Plants
New Jersey Enacts Law to Boost Offshore Wind Industry
On August 19, New Jersey enacted the "Offshore Wind Economic Development Act, which offers financial incentives for siting wind turbines off the state's coast.
Developers will receive offshore renewable energy certificates for approved projects that generate 1110 MW. The law also grants up to $100 million in tax credits and financial assistance to firms that build wind turbines, their components, or water access facilities. The state used a similar approach to encourage PV solar installations and is now second only to California in solar energy production.
The NJ Board of Public Utilities will determine a process for utilities to buy offshore renewable energy certificates from commercial offshore wind farms. State statutes require NJ get 22.5% of its electricity from renewables by 2021. See the press release from Governor Chris Christie and the full text of the bill (PDF 183 KB).
In June, New Jersey and nine other East Coast states signed a MOU with the U.S. Department of Interior to create the Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Consortium. The goal of the consortium is to promote the development of wind resources on the Outer Continental Shelf along the East Coast, by coordinating state and federal efforts relating to permitting activities, environmental studies, technical and financial barriers, and the infrastructure needed to deploy and maintain offshore wind power plants. See the June 16 edition of EERE Network News.
Hawaii and Nissan Agree to EV Partnership
Hawaii and Nissan North America announced a partnership on August 31 to promote development of electric vehicles (EVs) and charging networks throughout the state.
The Nissan Leaf EV, powered by lithium-ion batteries, will be available in Hawaii beginning in January 2011. Nissan says the partnership is its first such agreement in the US. State officials note this was part of a strategy begun in 2008, when it launched the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative in conjunction with DOE. The initiative aims to have at least 70% of Hawaii's power come from clean energy by 2030.
Hawaii offers a $4,500 state tax credit towards the purchase of an EV and a $500 rebate towards the purchase and installation of a home charging station. The Leaf, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $32,780, could sell for as little as $20,780 after state and federal credits.
Nissan isn't the only EV manufacturer targeting Hawaii. CODA Automotive announced on September 2 that it intends to distribute its CODA Sedan EV there by the third quarter of 2011. The five-passenger car is powered by a 33.8-kWh, lithium-ion battery and has a 120-mile range. See press releases from Nissan
, as well as the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative Web site