HELSINKI (AP) — Apple is investing 1.7 billion euros ($1.92 billion) in high-tech data centers in Denmark and Ireland that will be powered by renewable energy, in its largest such project in Europe to date, the company said Monday.
The hubs, to begin operations in 2017, will power data for Apple Inc.'s online services, including iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri voice services.
Sungevity says it has found a way into the North Carolina residential solar market despite laws that restrict panel ownership to individuals, utilities, and power wholesalers, the News & Observer reports.
Amid increasing signs that Apple is taking a serious look at moving into the electric car business, the Los Angeles Times reports that one reason why may be to keep rival Google from dominating the potential market.
From Kansas City to California, utilities are beginning to take on the task of building a network of electric car charging stations, which will offer them a new market and may help the sales of the vehicles finally take off, The New York Times reports.
A measure to cut the amount utilities pay to buy power from home solar systems -– which is supported by utilities and generally opposed by solar proponents –- has started moving through the Indiana legislature with approval from a House committee, The Indianapolis Star reports.
Kaiser Permanente, the big health care company, announced it is joining Google in buying power from NextEra Energy’s planned wind farm at Altamont Pass, as well as generating solar energy from panels at its own facilities, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
The Tesla Motors policy of selling cars directly to consumers has won backing from ten groups ranging from the Sierra Club to Americans for Prosperity, which sent a letter to state leaders urging them not to set up roadblocks to direct sales, The Hill reports.
Having just reported a fourth quarter loss that topped $100 million, Tesla Motors is under pressure to increase production. It is looking to finally start manufacturing its Model X SUV as well as getting its affordable Model 3 off the drawing board, while rival automakers are starting to introduce new models of electric cars, the Los Angeles Times reports.
NEW YORK (AP) — You've heard of the iPhone and iPad. How about the iCar?
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has hired hundreds of people to work on a secret project — code name "Titan" — to develop an electric vehicle. The newspaper cites people familiar with the project who spoke under condition of anonymity.
Eugene Batchelder, a former ConocoPhillips executive who’s been a director on Occidental Petroleum’s board since 2013, has been named Occidental chairman, replacing Edward Djerejian, The Associated Press reports.
New safety rules for oil trains don’t go far enough to address the risk of dangerous derailments, said lawmakers including Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., as well as Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., The Hill reports.
An environmental impact statement for the TransWest Express transmission line, which would run from Wyoming to Nevada, across the habitat of the sage grouse, has been published by the Bureau of Land Management in the Federal Register, starting a 30-day public comment period, E&E reports.
Toothpaste and other personal care items that contain synthetic microbeads would be banned under legislation introduced by House Energy and Commerce Chair Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. and Ranking Member Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., who are concerned about the effect of the microbeads on bodies of water such as the Great Lakes, National Journal reports.
Sliding oil prices took Chevron’s profits down with them, as the company reported a 43 percent fall in profit in the first quarter, to $2.57 billion, despite an increase in production, Reuters reports.
Oil dropped off its 2015 highs Friday on news of record Iraqi exports in April, coupled with gains in the dollar. U.S. benchmark crude for June delivery settled 48 cents lower at $59.15 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent lost 32 cents to $66.46, Reuters reports.
Without ever directly linking California’s drought to the wider issue of climate change, Gov. Jerry Brown has folded one issue into the other to push for wider environmental reforms, The Atlantic reports.