Islands, which are often reliant on expensive imported fuel sources for their electricity, are looking to innovate with renewable energy to solve their power problems, and some Maine residents recently visited Denmark to visit an offshore wind farm and see what ideas their counterparts have come up with across the Atlantic, The New York Times reports.
The latest job census from the Solar Foundation says 174,000 people were working in the solar industry at the end of 2014, an increase of 31,000, or 22 percent, from the year before, and the group says hiring should jump even more this year, Bloomberg reports.
The Tennessee Regulatory Authority has granted approval to extend a transmission line to bring Oklahoma wind power as far as Memphis, Clean Line Energy Partners told the Chattanooga Times Free Press, adding that the project, among other things, still needs an approval from the Department of Energy for joint work with the Southwestern Power Administration.
Offshore wind energy in the Atlantic offers the potential to generate twice as much energy and twice as many jobs as offshore drilling, says a report from the conservation group Oceana, according to the Daily Press in Virginia.
DETROIT (AP) — The head of electric car maker Tesla Motors says the company should turn a profit in five years after it brings a lower-cost car to market.
CEO Elon Musk, speaking Tuesday at an automotive conference, said Tesla needs to show a profit, and will when it's selling 500,000 cars per year. He predicted that sales milestone will be reached in 2020, when its lower-cost car — the Model 3 — is in full production.
Suntech America Inc., the U.S. unit of Chinese solar panel maker Suntech Power, followed its parent in seeking bankruptcy protection Monday, listing more than $100 million in assets and in debts in Chapter 11 filings in court in Delaware, Bloomberg reports.
DETROIT (AP) — With the introduction of an affordable electric car that can go 200 miles on a single charge, General Motors sets up a showdown with Tesla to sell an electric vehicle to the masses. It may also upstage a car of its own.
GM on Monday unveiled the Chevrolet Bolt, a $30,000 concept car that will probably go on sale in about two years. The range will make it attractive to many buyers who would not consider a fully electric car for fear of running out of juice. The rollout of the orange compact hatchback eclipsed GM's unveiling of a revamped Chevy Volt at the Detroit auto show.
Although sand and water are the primary substances used in fracking, an Environmental Protection Agency analysis of data from FracFocus.org found that nearly 700 chemical additives appear as well, according to The Hill.
Republicans with a college degree are more likely to say that the threat posed by climate change is exaggerated, while Democrats with higher education are more concerned about the issue, according to a Gallup poll, National Journal reports.
Possible GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum told North Carolina lawmakers Thursday that President Obama’s moves to regulate power plant emissions reflect a “quasi-religious” zeal to close coal-fired plants, The Associated Press reports.
Under pressure from Democrats, Republican and the White House to step down, Rafael Moure-Eraso has resigned as chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, although the CSB said he would remain a member until mid-April, National Journal reports.
A budget amendment from Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., which some say is a referendum on opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, was approved on a 59-40 vote, E&E reports.