An American Wind Energy Association report says major commitments from corporations like Amazon and Hewlett Packard have helped add 3,596 megawatts of wind capacity to the grid in the first nine months of the year, nearly triple the figure from a year ago, Bloomberg reports.
Vacuum cleaner maker Dyson has acquired University of Michigan-based startup Sakti3 and plans to construct a battery production plant, potentially positioning it to compete with Tesla and Panasonic in the electric car battery market , USA Today reports.
Solar supporters are fighting proposed changes in California solar energy regulations that they say would decrease the benefits for new customers who provide power back to the grid, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Indiana’s State Utility Forecasting Group says only two wind farms have been commissioned in the state in the past four years, noting that cheaper natural gas has made it hard for the projects to remain competitive in the energy market, Platts reports.
Kotzebue, Alaska was getting power amounting to 20 percent of its average electricity demand from a wind farm last year, and now hopes to boost its effectiveness by adding battery storage to the village microgrid, E&E reports.
Pioneer Natural Resources is the second U.S. firm, after Enterprise Products, to begin exploring how to take advantage of the end of the U.S. oil export ban and could begin shipments by the middle of next year, The Hill reports.
Two competing initiatives designed to give Florida residents a constitutional right to rooftop solar energy are running out of time without enough signatures yet to make next November's ballot, the Naples Daily News reports.
SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive joined Sen. Charles E. Schumer in Buffalo this week to call the five-year extension of a federal tax subsidy "super important" to the continued growth of the solar power industry, The Buffalo News reports.
Continued concerns about oversupply forced oil prices downward early Wednesday, nearing an 11-year low already reached once this week. London Brent fell 31 cents to $37.05 a barrel while U.S. crude remained unchanged at $37.50, Reuters reports.
A group of researchers at MIT, the University of California-Berkeley, and the University of Colorado have developed a new computer microchip that uses optical technology and creates the potential to make future computer data centers more energy efficient, the journal Science reports.
A Japanese court on Thursday rejected safety concerns and approved letting Kansai Electric Power, the country's second biggest utility, restart four nuclear reactors shuttered since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, Reuters reports.