A new building unveiled at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Tuesday, which is named after former Energy Secretary Steven Chu, is housing research into sunlight, including a quest for artificial photosynthesis, KGO reports.
The Clean Energy Technology Center at North Carolina State University is partnering with EnergySage Inc. to launch an online solar energy marketplace to hook up solar vendors with potential customers in the state, Triangle Business Journal reports.
Touting surging growth in solar generation, the Obama administration on Tuesday announced $32 million in new funding for workforce training initiatives and more research to improve concentrated solar technology.
The Energy Department funding comes from its SunShot Initiative, tasked with making solar energy cost-competitive without subsidy by 2020, and includes $12 million for workforce training efforts, $15 million to improve certain solar concentration technologies and $5 million to help finance an industry-led data exchange.
The Obama administration won’t make its stated goal of putting a million plug-in vehicles on the road as part of the federal fleet, quietly modifying the purchase goal back in March, Bloomberg reports.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new report calls for investment in clean energy to be tripled to $1.2 trillion annually through 2030 to give more than one billion people worldwide access to electricity and help prevent global warming.
Adnan Amin, director-general of the International Renewable Energy Agency said Wednesday "it's absolutely feasible" that the goal can be achieved, pointing to major advances in using solar power and other renewables to power national grids, villages and homes especially in the developing world.
NEW YORK (AP) — Elon Musk, the star CEO of the electric car company Tesla Motors and the rocket company SpaceX, staged an elaborate event last month to unveil a new product. Not a sleek new luxury car. Not a rocket that can ferry people to Mars. A home appliance — a battery — that can be mounted on a garage wall and ignored.
The reason for all the excitement is because of what batteries like these might someday do. They may make the electric power grid more robust and able to handle increasing amounts of wind and solar power. In conjunction with rooftop solar systems, batteries may help homeowners reduce their electric bills. And some homeowners, like Mike Thielen — who installed a Tesla battery prototype last year in his Redondo Beach, California, home as part of a state home storage testing program — would like to use them to say goodbye to their electric utility forever.
Hanergy Thin Film Power Group became the latest of Chinese solar firms to hit trouble, as the company’s shares fell 47 percent Wednesday before the Hong Kong Stock Exchange halted trading, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A new Energy Department reports concludes that increasing the height of wind turbines by 100-200 feet could make wind farms feasible in more locations and increase the capacity of existing facilities, The New York Times reports.
PORT AUSTIN, Mich. (AP) — The sky above a tabletop-flat expanse of eastern Michigan farmland near Lake Huron is a well-traveled pathway for migratory birds journeying between summer nesting areas in Canada's boreal forests and wintering grounds to the south. Thanks to reliably brisk winds, the ground below is dotted with hundreds of electricity-generating turbines.
Federal guidelines from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service urge wind energy developers to locate turbines with special care in places such as the "Thumb" region of Michigan's mitten-shaped Lower Peninsula — or avoid them altogether, to prevent fatal collisions between birds and the towers' whirring blades. But an advocacy group says the government's voluntary approach is allowing too many wind farms to be built or planned for construction in important nesting areas and flight paths across large sections of the nation.
A number of companies that sought to shield themselves from declining crude prices with long-term contracts will start feeling the pinch as those deals expire, and that—combined with more stringent lending standards from banks—will likely see more firms defaulting on their debt in the coming months, according to predictions from Moody’s Investors Services, FuelFix reports.
Researchers keeping tabs on the greater sage grouse in western states have spotted substantially more of them this year, although they say it’s too early to make assumptions about the birds’ future, E&E reports.
Although U.S. trade representative Michael Froman says he's still optimistic that the U.S. and Asian partners can hammer out a major trade deal, their failure to do so last week raises the risk that the talks could become entangled with the 2016 campaign, Politico reports.
New research says most offices are using a decades-old formula that’s based on male physiology and clothing habits, and recommends companies consider easing up on the air conditioning, The New York Times reports.
Republican presidential candidates already have been lining up to denounce the Obama administration's new limits on power plant carbon emissions, with Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio offering criticism at a Koch-backed Freedom Partners forum in California and Jeb Bush calling the Clean Power Plan “irresponsible and overreaching,” National Journal reports.
House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop's reservations about the Land and Water Conservation Fund mean any proposal to renew its authorization will meet a challenge on Capitol Hill, The Hill reports.