Air Permit for Oil & Natural Gas Production Wells
On February 1, 2012, the Ohio EPA issued a final general air permit for oil and natural gas production well sites. The general permit covers a variety of emission sources found at most shale gas well sites, including internal combustion engines, generators, dehydration systems, storage tanks, and flares. It also contains emission limits, operating restrictions, monitoring, and testing and reporting requirements. The permit only covers operations associated with production. Not regulated by the permit are drilling and fracking operations, midstream operations, or processing facilities.
NRC Approves Licenses for Two Reactors in Georgia
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved Southern Nuclear’s combined construction and operating license (COL) for the two-reactor Plant Vogtle expansion in Georgia. Southern Nuclear, a subsidiary of Southern Company, will build two Westinghouse Electric Co. AP1000 reactors at the site near Augusta, GA.
Utah Bill Seeks 75% Tax Credit for Alternative Energy
A Utah Senate committee recently approved a bill that would specify state tax credits for alternative-energy producers and shift the program to the Office of Energy Development.
SB65, sponsored by Sen. Stuart Adams, R-Layton, would award credits starting at 20% and going up to 75% for 20 to 30 years, depending on the duration of a project’s energy production. The bill would apply to everything from renewables to oil shale, tar sands, and nuclear.
First U.S. Tidal Energy Project Receives License
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the first-ever commercial license for a U.S. tidal energy project in New York City’s East River. New York, NY-based Verdant Power will install as many as 30 turbines on more than 21 acres in the East River along the strait that connects Long Island Sound to the Atlantic Ocean. The project has licensing for 10 years.
Verdant Power’s Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) project was initiated in 2002 and approved by the state of New York in December 2011. Under the new license for the RITE project, Verdant Power will install turbines in three phases, operate the system remotely, and will employ a team of technicians to maintain the equipment and monitor the surrounding environment.