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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dominion Resources has filed papers with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, asking for a start to the review process for the proposed 550-mile natural gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline, The Associated Press reports.
Federal agencies have reduced their greenhouse gas emissions 17 percent compared to levels in 2008, according to the White House Council on Environmental Quality, but they also remain vulnerable to the effects of climate change in different ways, National Journal reports.
As part of their fight to become the top-ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey and Rep Anna Eshoo of California have raised and distributed more than $1.2 million to their colleagues during this election cycle, National Journal reports.
Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are working on a technique using lasers that would more accurately measure greenhouse gas concentrations, E&E reports.
News of production increases in the U.S. and among OPEC members weighed on oil prices Friday. West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery finished the Nymex session down 58 cents to $80.54 a barrel, a drop of 12 percent over the whole of October, while in London Brent lost 38 cents to settle at $85.86, Bloomberg reports.
Increased demand is leading SolarWorld Americas to spend $10 million expanding its solar modules plant, and the company announced it will be hiring 200 additional workers as well, The New York Times reports.
To encourage the development of advanced nuclear reactors – anticipated to be more efficient – the Department of Energy is spending $13 million to help major companies including AREVA, GE Hitachi and Westinghouse in their research of the technology, The Hill reports.