Renewable Energy

Growth in clean energy and transportation jobs dropping: E2


The business group Environmental Entrepreneurs found 5,600 new jobs were added in clean energy and clean transportation across the country in the first quarter of the year, less than half the number in the year-ago period, with Idaho adding the most and Texas second, FuelFix reports.

Feds approve wind transmission line from Texas to the Southeast


Pattern Energy Group LP says the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved its planned Southern Cross transmission line, which would bring Texas wind energy into Mississippi where it would link to the grid in the Southeast, FuelFix reports.

Xcel says Texas-Oklahoma power line completed

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Crews have completed a transmission line between the Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma as the first of two 345-kilovolt projects relying on expanded wind-generated power.

Xcel Energy officials on Thursday announced the 130-mile line between Hitchland, Texas, and Woodward, Oklahoma, is part of a $64 million partnership with Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company.

GM passes 400 corporate electric car charging stations

The Hill

Workplace charging stations will encourage more employees to use electric cars, a top GM official said in a statement, as the automaker passed the 400-mark in the number of stations it has installed in its own workplaces, The Hill reports.

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Wyden: Extenders bill may come back in June

There will be no attempt to revive Senate legislation to renew expired tax breaks for renewable energy and biofuels, along with a bigger tax extenders package, before next month, Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden said Tuesday.

Wyden said he will work to resolve an amendments standoff with committee ranking Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah during the Senate's upcoming Memorial Day recess that starts on Thursday and runs through June 2.

NextEra files to set IPO for renewable plants unit


NextEra Energy Inc. filed papers Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering to create NextEra Energy Partners LP, a unit that will operate renewable energy power plants with an output of some 990 megawatts, Bloomberg reports.

NextEra says no to Vermont renewable energy credits

Brattleboro Reformer

Since Connecticut has banned the purchase of Vermont renewable energy credits that also count toward’s Vermont’s clean electricity goals, NextEra energy has said that it will no longer buy them, the Brattleboro Reformer reports.

China warns US cyber charges could damage ties

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday warned the United States was jeopardizing military ties by charging five Chinese officers with cyberspying and tried to turn the tables on Washington by calling it "the biggest attacker of China's cyberspace."

China announced it was suspending cooperation with the United States in a joint cybersecurity task force over Monday's charges that officers stole trade secrets from major American companies. The Foreign Ministry demanded Washington withdraw the indictment.

US charges Chinese officials in cyberspying case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Accusing China of vast business spying, the United States charged five military officials on Monday with hacking into U.S. companies to steal vital trade secrets in a case intensifying already-rising tensions between the international economic giants.

The Chinese targeted big-name American makers of nuclear and solar technology, stealing confidential business information, sensitive trade secrets and internal communications for competitive advantage, according to a grand jury indictment that the Justice Department said should be a national "wake-up call" about cyber intrusions.

US suit alleging Chinese spying has Solarworld thinking about damages


Solarworld could file damage claims now that the U.S. has charged that the company was the target of Chinese industrial espionage, CEO Frank Asbeck told Bloomberg.


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