Renewable Energy

Alabama Power asking OK for 500 megawatts of renewables


The 500 megawatts of renewable energy that Alabama Power is seeking regulatory permission to install would bring a premium price and is aimed at corporate, not residential, customers, a company spokesman told

Next generation Prius faces steep challenge

Los Angeles Times

Toyota’s new model Prius, due out in the autumn, will find it hard to reverse the decline in the sector in the face of lower gasoline prices and the increasing fuel economy of conventional vehicles, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Amazon division to use power generated by big NC wind farm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A division of Amazon is buying the renewable energy generated by the South's first big wind-power project.

Seattle-based Amazon Web Services said Monday it has agreed to buy the electricity generated by the 200-megawatt operation to be built near Elizabeth City in rural eastern North Carolina. A groundbreaking for the project being built by Iberdrola Renewables is scheduled for Tuesday.

Overheated batteries to keep solar plane grounded

The Associated Press

Solar Impulse – the plane being flown around the world powered only by sunlight – will be grounded in Hawaii until August while repairs are made to some of its overheated batteries, The Associated Press reports.

Community solar moving ahead in Minnesota after compromise

Minnesota Public Radio

Following last month’s compromise over the capacity of solar gardens, Xcel Energy is expected to bring some online in Minnesota before the end of the year, Minnesota Public Radio reports.

Texas tops U.S. in wind power

The Associated Press

With more than 14,000 megawatts of wind power capacity installed, Texas has more than double the amount of second-ranked California, while 11 states have no commercial installations, The Associated Press reports, citing Energy Department information.

The South getting its first big wind farm soon

On a vast tract of old North Carolina farmland, crews are getting ready to build something the South has never seen: a commercial-scale wind energy farm.

The $600 million project by Spanish developer Iberdrola Renewables LLC will put 102 turbines on 22,000 acres near the coastal community of Elizabeth City, with plans to add about 50 more. Once up and running, it could generate about 204 megawatts, or enough electricity to power about 60,000 homes.

Airbus trumpets cross-Channel electric plane crossing

The Wall Street Journal

Hoping to generate interest in clean energy flight, Airbus has successfully recreated the first airplane journey across the English Channel, but this time using a prototype plane powered by lithium batteries, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Less clean energy investment in 2Q on strong dollar, turbulent markets


Unsettled financial markets and gains in the U.S. dollar kept investors from investing more heavily in clean energy projects in the second quarter of 2015, according to a new analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The report found clean energy investments of $53 billion were down 28 percent from the same period a year ago.

Move to keep solar measure off Florida ballot angers some officials

Miami Herald

The decision by the Florida League of Cities to file a legal brief urging the state Supreme Court to keep a solar initiative off the ballot is being opposed by some local officials, the Miami Herald reports.


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