Renewable Energy

Cory Gardner says he's 'a new kind of Republican'

DENVER (AP) — Senate candidate Cory Gardner has released a pair of campaign ads reaching out to Colorado's all-important centrist voters, who have soured on some GOP positions, and cast himself as a "new kind of Republican" who supports over-the-counter birth control pills and renewable energy.

The TV spots released this week come in a close race against Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in a swing state that has become increasingly reluctant to elect conservatives as coastal transplants have pushed the politics to the left.

Sen. Harry Reid hosts Clean Energy Summit

Las Vegas, September 4, 2014, 9:00 am

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hosts annual Clean Energy Summit. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, White House counsel John Podesta, Rep. Dina Titus to speak. 

SEIA webinar on Obama solar support efforts

Washington, September 3, 2014, 4:00 pm

Solar Energy Industries Association hosts webinar on Obama administration's efforts to support solar power development. Federal Environmental Executive Kate Brandt to attend.

Toyota affiliate starts building hydrogen station in Japan

The Wall Street Journal

Ahead of Toyota’s intended launch next year of a hydrogen fuel cell-powered car, an affiliate of the company has started construction on a hydrogen filling station in Nagoya, Japan, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Job growth potential for Maine in alternative energy: Report

Portland Press Herald

A report for the Maine Technology Institute – commissioned by a man since fired by Gov. Paul LePage – found that the alternative energy sector holds the promise of generating jobs when backed by seed money and investment, according to the Portland Press Herald.

Communities move into the green energy business

Los Angeles Times

Sonoma County is at the forefront of a movement gaining traction in a number of places around the country: Local governments going into the business of generating clean energy for their residents, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Tesla Motors dealing as states play factory poker

LOS ANGELES (AP) — From the start, little has been typical about Tesla Motors' plan for a $5 billion factory to make batteries for a new generation of electric cars.

It's not just the project's massive scale, the cutting-edge technology, or even the bonanza of 6,500 good-paying jobs.

It's how Tesla is deciding where to build.

Battery breakthroughs haven’t lived up to hype

The Washington Post

Announcements of breakthroughs in battery technology over the past ten years so far haven’t brought the revolution they’ve promised, The Washington Post reports.

Tesla, Chinese firm plan 400 charging stations

BEIJING (AP) — Tesla Motors Co. and a state-owned Chinese phone carrier announced plans Friday to build 400 charging stations for electric cars in a new bid to promote popular adoption of the technology in China.

Plans call for China Unicom Ltd. to provide space for construction and basic services in 120 cities while Tesla, based in Palo Alto, California, operates the stations. The two companies also will build 20 "supercharger stations" in 20 cities to offer high-speed charging.


Clean energy jobs return, but at reduced pace

The number of new clean energy and transportation jobs announced by developers more than doubled in the second quarter compared to first quarter of this year, to 12,500, the business group Environmental Entrepreneurs reported.

The sector rebounded after a dip in the first quarter, when about 5,600 jobs were added nationally. Still, the number for the second quarter was only about a third of the 38,600 jobs announced in the same period last year, when the renewable energy sector was surging.


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