Tesla hopes to start selling batteries in Australia early next year, in a market Morgan Stanley says may be worth $18 billion and where half of all homes are projected to be using solar power by 2040, Bloomberg reports.
Tesla has an announced rival in the home and commercial energy storage market: Daimler AG Tuesday announced it was starting to take orders for batteries that bear the Mercedes brand, International Business Times reports.
Tesla chief Elon Musk, alongside his technology partner JB Straubel, told utility executives this week that his company would like to see battery storage used to help power grids cope with the advent of renewable energy, E&E reports.
The market for home battery systems that cost thousands of dollars is presently very small, The Wall Street Journal reports, noting that Tesla’s Elon Musk and his competitors are banking on swift growth as they push to develop energy storage systems.
NEW YORK (AP) — Elon Musk, the star CEO of the electric car company Tesla Motors and the rocket company SpaceX, staged an elaborate event last month to unveil a new product. Not a sleek new luxury car. Not a rocket that can ferry people to Mars. A home appliance — a battery — that can be mounted on a garage wall and ignored.
The reason for all the excitement is because of what batteries like these might someday do. They may make the electric power grid more robust and able to handle increasing amounts of wind and solar power. In conjunction with rooftop solar systems, batteries may help homeowners reduce their electric bills. And some homeowners, like Mike Thielen — who installed a Tesla battery prototype last year in his Redondo Beach, California, home as part of a state home storage testing program — would like to use them to say goodbye to their electric utility forever.
Tesla Motors' battery plant under construction in Sparks, Nev., is ahead of schedule, CEO Elon Musk told investors Wednesday, as the company plans to begin production of auto and home cells, modules and battery packs by 2016, Bloomberg reports.
“A unified legislative response” is needed to address the complex issues surrounding the West’s drought problem, Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said at a hearing Thursday, E&E reports.
For the second time, FutureGen Industrial Alliance is trying to get its Illinois clean coal project revived, and has engaged former Sen. Mary Landrieu to lobby to restore federal backing, The Hill reports.
Oil prices gained 9 percent on the week after holding relatively steady Friday. Light, sweet crude for November delivery finished 20 cents higher to settle at $49.63 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent lost 40 cents to $52.65, Dow Jones reports.
Oil prices may be rebounding but it will take time for demand to pick up again, Bernard Deroc-Danner, chief of oil field services company Weatherford International, told The Wall Street Journal, as he defended the firm’s job cuts.
Google's Nest Labs, Commonwealth Edison, and several other utility partners have launched a program aiming to get 1 million smart thermostats into homes in Northern Illinois in the next five years, E&E reports.
The SunPort, which plugs into outlets and gives the users access to solar energy through solar credits, has won startup PlugSolar an award from the Consumer Electronic Association, opening the door to more investment funding, Albuquerque Business First reports.
Calling Petrobras’ April move to write down 6.2 billion reais lost to corruption as just “the tip of the iceberg,” a prosecutor said Friday the scandal may end up costing the company more than 20 billion reais—$5.3 billion at the current exchange rate, Reuters reports.
A planned debate between Republican presidential candidates on energy and environment issues in New Hampshire this week was cancelled after only two agreed to come, and a similar forum for Democrats has been postponed, The Huffington Post reports.