A study by UCLA’s Luskin Center for Innovation found legislation allowing lone drivers in plug-in vehicles to travel in carpool lanes has boosted sales of plug-in electric vehicles and hybrids in four urban areas of California, the Los Angeles Times reports.
PENONOME, Panama (AP) — Former U.S. President Bill Clinton is talking up the potential of renewable energy to shield developing countries from the effects of climate change.
Clinton visited Central America's biggest wind farm Tuesday. The electricity project in western Panama is scheduled to open next year with the capacity to produce about 6 percent to 8 percent of Panama's energy needs.
Facing criticism that the International Energy Agency has underestimated growth in the renewable sector, chief Fatih Birol said Tuesday that the IEA has been “completely right” in its forecasts for hydroelectric and wind generation, but may have fallen short when it came to solar, Platts reports.
Cost cutting is the order of the day at SunEdison rather than rapid expansion, CEO Ahmad Chatila told investors on a call Tuesday, as the company reported a net loss of $284 million in the third quarter, FuelFix reports.
RES America Developments and U.S. Wind Inc. have paid a total of $1.8 million for offshore wind leases in a Bureau of Ocean Energy Management auction covering nearly 344,000 acres off the New Jersey coast, The Hill reports.
Major solar projects, if sited in the wrong locations in deserts like the Mojave, have the potential to do serious environmental damage, according to warnings from groups like the Sierra Club and Nature Conservancy, the Las Vegas Sun reports.
The Energy Department has recommended approving Clean Line Energy’s $2.5 billion dollar Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project that would bring wind energy from Oklahoma east through Arkansas into Tennessee, FuelFix reports.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The luxury electric car market may be small, but it's lucrative enough to get another jolt — this time from a mysterious startup that says it wants to re-imagine how people interact with their autos.
The startup's name is Faraday Future, and it has been hunting for a place to build what it says will be a $1 billion manufacturing plant for a new line of cars. Four states are contenders and the company says to expect an announcement within weeks.
BEIJING (AP) — China has changed course and emerged as a leader in curbing greenhouse gas emissions six years after it was accused of obstructing the last high-level climate talks in Copenhagen.
Heading into this month's Paris meeting, the world's biggest source of climate-changing gases has yet to accept binding limits. But it has invested in solar, wind and hydro power to clean up its smog-choked cities and curb surging demand for imported oil and gas. That contributed last year to a surprise fall in coal consumption.
Pioneer Natural Resources is the second U.S. firm, after Enterprise Products, to begin exploring how to take advantage of the end of the U.S. oil export ban and could begin shipments by the middle of next year, The Hill reports.
Two competing initiatives designed to give Florida residents a constitutional right to rooftop solar energy are running out of time without enough signatures yet to make next November's ballot, the Naples Daily News reports.
SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive joined Sen. Charles E. Schumer in Buffalo this week to call the five-year extension of a federal tax subsidy "super important" to the continued growth of the solar power industry, The Buffalo News reports.
Continued concerns about oversupply forced oil prices downward early Wednesday, nearing an 11-year low already reached once this week. London Brent fell 31 cents to $37.05 a barrel while U.S. crude remained unchanged at $37.50, Reuters reports.
A group of researchers at MIT, the University of California-Berkeley, and the University of Colorado have developed a new computer microchip that uses optical technology and creates the potential to make future computer data centers more energy efficient, the journal Science reports.
A Japanese court on Thursday rejected safety concerns and approved letting Kansai Electric Power, the country's second biggest utility, restart four nuclear reactors shuttered since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, Reuters reports.