Renewable Energy

Musk announces cheaper Tesla model for 2017

Auto Express

Tesla Motors Inc. CEO Elon Musk told Auto Express that he plans to introduce the Model 3 sedan in 2017 to challenge the BMW 3 Series, a vehicle that would have a retail price near $35,000.

Awaiting incentives, Tesla eyes California for battery plant

The Wall Street Journal

Tesla Motors Inc. is considering building a large battery plant in California as state legislators proposed a set of tax breaks and regulatory incentives to woo the electric vehicle maker, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Appeals court sides with Chinese firm on wind farm project


The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit remanded a case brought by China's Ralls Corp. against the Obama administration to a district court, arguing President Obama violated the company's due process when he moved to stop an Oregon wind farm project on national security grounds without supplying adequate evidence, E&E reports.

Meeting of Canadian, New England leaders emphasizes clean energy

The Associated Press

A meeting of Eastern Canadian premiers and New England governors in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire featured renewable energy expansion as a central issue, with participating states and provinces making agreements to collaborate on expanding supplies while managing costs, The Associated Press reports.

WTO sides with China, India in 2 US trade disputes

GENEVA (AP) — The world trade body has ruled against the United States in two disputes with India and China, telling the U.S. government it must abide by international rules.

A World Trade Organization panel says in response to a complaint from China in 2012 that the United States improperly imposed duties on imports of Chinese steel products and solar panels.

General Motors

EIA: New gasoline cars will give hybrids and plug-ins financial heat

For those looking at fuel economy strictly to save money, buying a standard gasoline-powered vehicle may be the way to go, according to data analysis from the Energy Information Administration.

In part that’s because of what the EIA calls the "diminishing returns" in fuel savings – the higher the efficiency to start with, the less effect there will be from improving it by a few miles per gallon.

Top companies push for market changes to boost renewables

USA Today

Twelve large companies, including Wal-Mart and General Motors, are pressing for changes to energy markets to make it easier for them to acquire and use renewable energy at their facilities, USA Today reports.

First Solar scraps plans for China plant


First Solar Inc. has abandoned its long-held plans to build the world's largest solar plant in China after more than four years of fruitless pricing negotiations, Bloomberg reports.

Inventor pushes solar panels for roads, highways

SPOKANE, Washington (AP) — The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren't meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways.

Brusaw, an electrical engineer, says the hexagon-shaped panels can withstand the wear and tear that comes from inclement weather and vehicles, big and small, to generate electricity.

Former hockey star raises $26M for clean-energy fund


Health Planet Partners Financing Company, a clean-energy investment firm founded by former New York Rangers goalie Mike Richter, has raised $26 million to finance renewable energy and efficiency projects, Bloomberg reports.


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