Small battery maker touts big prospect for NC jobs

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A small start-up company said Monday it would create hundreds of jobs when it moves into a massive, former Philip Morris USA cigarette plant to build batteries that it says will help power companies save energy and work more efficiently.

North Carolina officials on Tuesday are expected to hear Alevo Group representatives discuss plans to manufacture the utility-scale batteries at the factory site in Concord, where more than 2,000 were employed before it closed in 2009, State Commerce Department spokeswoman Kim Genardo said. Alevo believes that as the U.S. and other nations work to reduce emissions of gases that are contributing to climate change, its energy-saving technology will become more valuable.

Aviation leaders seek new safety measures for battery transport

The Wall Street Journal

The International Civil Aviation Organization is considering a new set of safety recommendations aimed at limiting fire risks from plane shipments of lithium batteries, though officials wouldn't detail specifics to The Wall Street Journal. The decision-making arm of the organization will discuss the plans later this month.

Energy storage the new ‘holy grail’: Analyst

The New York Times

Energy storage is the key to energy systems in an age of renewables, the new “holy grail,” a Bloomberg analyst told The New York Times, which notes that the International Energy Agency has called on the U.S., the EU, China and India to spend a combined $380 billion to boost it.

Sizeable investment in battery gigafactory from Panasonic

The Wall Street Journal

Panasonic CEO Kazuhiro Tsuga told reporters Tuesday that his company plans an initial investment in Tesla’s battery gigafactory that runs to tens of billions of yen, the equivalent of hundreds of millions of dollars, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Researchers come up with liquid metal battery for grid storage


Researchers led by Donald Sadoway of MIT, writing in the journal Nature, detail a new battery using molten metal – described as cheap and durable – which is aimed at storing power on a grid scale, the BBC reports.

Musk-Rive partnership could change energy picture

The Wall Street Journal

The announcement this week that the battery gigafactory planned by Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors will make energy storage on a grid scale to be used by SolarCity Corp., run by his cousin Lyndon Rive, has the potential to transform the landscape of the energy industry, The Wall Street Journal reports.

More focus on grid-connected electric heaters to store energy


Successful tests – in Canadian Maritime Provinces and in the U.S. as well -- point to the use of electric water heaters and space heaters linked to the grid through wireless controllers as a cheap method of storing excess energy like that generated from wind power, E&E reports.

Nevada governor enacts Tesla tax break package

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's governor has signed into law an unprecedented package of incentives to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory to the state.

Gov. Brian Sandoval put his signature to the measure shortly after the state Legislature approved the package late Thursday night.

The package of tax credits and other incentives is worth up to $1.3 billion.

First 2 bills in Tesla deal sail through Assembly

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The first two bills designed to seal a deal to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory to Nevada sailed through the Assembly unanimously Thursday as one lawmaker called the project the biggest thing to hit the state since the Hoover Dam.

After just two minutes of debate, the Assembly voted 39-0 and sent to the Senate a bill that would help finance Tesla's tax breaks by ending a $125 million subsidy to insurance companies that locate their home offices in Nevada.

On another 39-0 vote about eight minutes later, they approved discounted electricity rates for the electric-car maker's "gigafactory" expected to help create more than 20,000 jobs and inject up to $100 billion into the state's economy over the next 20 years.

Few critics as Nevada mulls Tesla tax breaks

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Critics say Nevada lawmakers are gambling with taxpayers' money, but they clearly were in the minority Wednesday night as legislators moved forward with an unprecedented package of up to $1.3 billion in incentives they hope to approve in the days ahead to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory to the state.

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval urged legislators in the two Democrat-controlled houses to seize an "extraordinary opportunity" to land the electric car maker's "gigafactory" and the tens of thousands of jobs he said would help pull Nevada from the worst economic crisis in state history.


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