Renewable Energy

Kasich signs measure that restricts wind turbines in Ohio

Plain Dealer

Days after Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, signed a measure to freeze the state’s green energy targets, he approved a bill that more than doubles the distance wind turbines have to be from a property line, the Plain Dealer reports.

Jewell announces Massachusetts wind energy development

Boston, June 17, 2014, 1:30 pm

Interior Secretary Jewell, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announce offshore wind energy development.

River generator slated for Alaska setup in July

Anchorage Daily News

The Ocean Renewable Power Co. is set to install its RivGen Power System into the Kvichak River in July, the Anchorage Daily News reports.

Scientists studying NC’s offshore wind potential

Public Radio East

University of North Carolina researchers have deployed buoys off the state’s coast to help them analyze the potential to generate offshore wind energy there, Public Radio East reports.

Tesla opening access to its electric car patents

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors is giving other companies open access to its patents to accelerate the development of electric vehicles.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Thursday the company will share several hundred patents and won't sue those who use them.

"If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal," Musk wrote in a blog on the company's Web site.

McCarthy headlines USEA Energy Efficiency Forum

Washington, June 12, 2014, 1:00 pm

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Sen. John Hoeven to speak at Energy Efficiency Forum North America.

Unsure of total investment, Buffett pledges to double solar, wind funding


Though he had to be reminded of Berkshire Hathaway's $15 billion in investments in U.S. solar and wind power, Warren Buffett said he's ready to double that investment in the future, Bloomberg reports.

Duties may hinder Modi's solar plans for India


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's goal to expand solar power in the nation may be derailed if the government moves ahead with his predecessor's plan for new duties on imported solar panels, Bloomberg reports.


Opponents renew call for Congress to kill wind tax credit

Free market groups and the U.S. wind industry traded shots on Monday over the future of the wind Production Tax Credit, as both sides look to Congress to decide later this year whether to reinstate the incentive.

A coalition of 117 groups, led by the Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity, made a fresh public appeal to Congress to let the expired tax credit die permanently.

Auto industry gets serious about lighter materials

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Roofs made of carbon fiber. Plastic windshields. Bumpers fashioned out of aluminum foam.

What sounds like a science experiment could be your next car.

While hybrids and electrics may grab the headlines, the real frontier in fuel economy is the switch to lighter materials.


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