Renewable Energy

Solar growing fast in Britain

Source: 
The New York Times

Government subsidies and the decreasing price of solar systems helped Britain add more solar panels last year than any other country in Europe, The New York Times reports.

New law allows direct sale of Tesla cars in New Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a measure Wednesday that would allow the sale of Tesla and other zero-emission cars in the state.

The new law comes about a year after the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission issued regulations requiring cars to be sold through franchises.

Green energy powering Windham, N.H.

Source: 
Eagle-Tribune

Windham, New Hampshire has signed a contract with Con Ed Solutions to power its municipal office buildings with energy from only renewable sources for the next eight months, at a lower rate than its previous deal with Eversource, the Eagle-Tribune reports.

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Jewell seeks 'smarter' development, more renewables in final years at Interior

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Tuesday laid out her energy vision and priorities on public lands for the remainder of the Obama administration, calling for “smarter” management of fossil fuel development, expanded renewable energy and a focus on combating climate change.

Speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Jewell praised booming oil and gas development, as well as growing renewable energy projects, as a key to U.S. economic resurgence, emphasizing job growth and consumer benefits from lower energy prices.

Gore hails renewable energy strides

Source: 
The New York Times

Wind and solar installations have far exceeded predictions made at the start of the millennium, environmental activist and green investor Al Gore told The New York Times, noting that people have been “shocked” at how quickly the costs for renewables have fallen.

Dow agrees to wind deal to power Texas plant

Source: 
Midland Daily News

A wind farm being developed by a subsidiary of Bordas Wind Energy will supply Dow Chemical’s manufacturing plant in Freeport, Texas with 200 megawatts of power per year, the Midland Daily News reports.

SolarCity to roll out microgrids

Source: 
The New York Times

Longtime utility industry critic SolarCity is moving in the direction of the sector by rolling out a program to create microgrids, The New York Times reports.

Improved battery life for Tesla Model S, hints Musk

Source: 
CNN

An announcement to be made at a Thursday news conference about Tesla’s Model S will end “range anxiety,” company chief Elon Musk tweeted Sunday, a hint that a software update will improve the electric sedan’s battery life, CNN reports.

Wave energy generating power in Western Australia

Source: 
The Economist

Carnegie Wave Energy, based in Perth, Australia, has been improving the technology to generate energy from ocean waves, using buoys to capture power, The Economist reports.

Solar eclipse will test Germany's green power grid

BERLIN (AP) — Will next week's partial solar eclipse turn off the lights in Germany?

Experts say the country's electricity grid, which relies increasingly on renewable energy, faces a crucial test on the morning of March 20, when the moon will pass in front of the sun and block up to 82 percent of its light across Germany.

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