Renewable Energy

California lawmakers pass clean auto measures

Los Angeles Times

The California legislature has been approving measures to encourage hybrid and electric cars, looking to back the California Air Resources Board’s goal of getting 1.5 million zero emission vehicles on the road over the next decade, the Los Angeles Times reports.

US fund in deal to build Myanmar solar plants

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A U.S investment group has signed a $480 million deal to build two solar energy plants in central Myanmar, one of the largest investments by an American firm since the easing of U.S. sanctions.

The agreement, inked by the ACO Investment Group and the Ministry of Energy, is aimed at helping ease electricity shortages in the country of 60 million, which only recently emerged from a half-century of military rule and self-imposed isolation.

US closes probe into Camry Hybrid brake problems

DETROIT (AP) — An eight-month investigation into brake problems with some older Toyota Camry gas-electric hybrids has been closed without a recall.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began the probe in January after getting complaints of malfunctions that reduced power-assisted braking in 2007 and 2008 Camry hybrids. The probe covered about 100,000 cars.

New advances reported in hydrogen, battery technologies


Stanford researchers, writing in the journal Nature Communications, say they’ve come up with an economical device to generate hydrogen from water using a single AAA battery, while Michigan company Sakti3 announced it has created a lithium ion battery with double the energy density of those commonly in use today, E&E reports.


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Palen solar project highlights uncertainty about bird deaths

The debate over the number of desert birds that could be killed flying through a major proposed solar project in California shows no sign of waning, even as one of the developers has moved to counter criticism by an environmental group that has taken on new life this week.

The fight, in advance of a decision by the state on the project, shows how little is known about the impacts to birds from an emerging utility-scale solar power technology, one that both sides agree scorches birds in mid-air. The question neither can answer definitively is how often that happens.

Measure to speed California solar permits heads to Brown


The California Senate approved and sent to Governor Jerry Brown a bill to streamline the solar permit process, intended to make it easier and quicker for homeowners to get solar power installations up and running, according to

Finger pointing over delays in LA solar hook-ups

Los Angeles Times

A burdensome approval process and delays in the city’s Department of Water and Power in getting customers hooked up to the grid is putting a damper on solar power installations in L.A., the Los Angeles Times reports.

California lawmakers mulling clean vehicle push


A measure aimed at getting a million more zero-emissions vehicles – powered by electricity and hydrogen fuel cells – out on the road is moving through the California legislature this month, E&E reports.

Bird death reports at solar project inflated: NRG


Estimates of a bird burning to death every two minutes at the Ivanpah solar project are inflated, according to a spokesman for NRG Energy, which operates the facility built by BrightSource Energy and says 321 birds died there in the first half of the year, Bloomberg reports.

Alabama wind plans dropped due to strict regs


New Alabama regulations affecting the wind industry led Pioneer Green Energy to scrap plans for two wind farms in the state, a company lawyer told


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