Solar power industry employment in the U.S. grew by 20 percent last year to nearly 143,000 jobs, and companies expect to continue hiring this year, according to an annual industry census.
The majority of nearly 24,000 new jobs created last year, about two in three, were in the installation field, said Andrea Luecke, president of The Solar Foundation, a nonprofit industry group that has ties to the Energy Department.
DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that power-assisted brakes can fail at times in Camry gas-electric hybrids.
The probe covers about 30,000 of the midsize cars from the 2007 and 2008 model years.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has 59 complaints about intermittent loss of power-brake assist. The agency says the problem happens without warning. It causes increased stopping distances and requires more pedal pressure to stop the car.
Electric car maker Tesla has completed its network of supercharging stations enabling its Model S cars to travel long distances without long stops to power up, according to a tweet from company CEO Elon Musk, Bloomberg reports.
A Citigroup official predicts that increasing sales of green bonds and initial public offerings from renewable firms this year will replace the loss of government subsidies and declines in bank loans in the sector, Bloomberg reports.
The Republican party is splitting over renewable energy, as conservatives like Barry Goldwater Jr. side with homeowners who install rooftop solar panels against utilities who want to levy charges on them, The New York Times reports.
The Commerce Department has agreed to open a dumping investigation into crystalline silicon photovoltaic products from China and Taiwan that are used to make solar cells, in response to a complaint last year from SolarWorld, Reuters reports.
U.S. utilities are preparing to make expensive investments to improve nuclear plant safety to meet new post-Fukushima standards, with Exelon expected to spend as much as $500 million across its 17 reactors, The New York Times reports.
Despite increased calls for approving liquefied natural gas exports to Ukraine, a limited interest among energy companies and the current regulatory process means it would take years to make any significant impact on Russia's energy influence, Bloomberg reports.
Beyond urging imports of U.S. liquefied natural to Ukraine, European officials are considering reversing natural gas pipelines and limiting purchases of Russian energy in an effort to limit Russia's influence in Ukraine, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Despite a fall in average gasoline prices from recent years, the American Public Transportation Association said in an annual report that Americans used public transportation at the highest recorded rate since 1956, The New York Times reports.
The Edison Electric Institute is lobbying the Obama administration and state governments to limit new restrictions on coal-fired plants and nuclear generators, citing a need to keep electricity prices low during extremely cold weather, Bloomberg reports.
Renewable energy companies are increasing their interest in wind and wave energy projects off the coast of Oregon, but it's uncertain how much environmentalist resistance and regulatory processes will affect the trend, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Transportation Department and the American Association of Railroads have released a list of urban areas where freight trains carrying crude oil will be required to slow down, but some lawmakers are urging a wider list of areas, National Journal reports.
The public comment period on the State Department's Keystone XL pipeline review ended on Friday, with opponents sending more than 2 million comments opposing the project, doubling the comments in support of the pipeline, The Washington Post reports.