A Energy Department report released Thursday said win energy could account for 35 percent of total U.S. electric generation in 2050, and be viable in all 50 states - if the industry takes the right steps.
Those steps include making improvements to technology to cut wind energy costs, developing wind energy in new locations and expanding transmission, Obama administration officials said in a conference call. They said the environmental and economic benefits from such growth would be significant.
AHMADABAD, India (AP) — The pilots of a solar-powered airplane on a historic round-the-world journey said Wednesday that they want the people of India to support their campaign for clean energy to save the global environment.
Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg spoke to reporters in the western Indian city of Ahmadabad a day after Piccard flew the single-seat plane there from Muscat, Oman.
The Tea Party-backed initiative in Florida that would open up the solar industry is presenting a dilemma to conservative groups like the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity, which has been criticizing solar as an energy source but stopped short of formally opposing the ballot measure, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The state and federal governments will move forward on less than half the California desert land initially designated for renewable energy plants, officials said Tuesday, leaving millions of acres in limbo as local governments decide how they want to handle large-scale solar, wind and geothermal projects.
Regulators will initially focus on about 10 million acres of federal land overseen by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in the Mojave and other Southern California deserts. Their initial plan, unveiled in September, designated 22.5 million acres across seven counties.
8point3 Energy Partners LP – the yieldco being created as a joint venture of solar panel makers First Solar and SunPower – will hold a capacity of 432 megawatts from both large-scale projects and residential rooftop panels, Bloomberg reports.
AHMADABAD, India (AP) — A Swiss-made solar powered aircraft landed in western India on Tuesday night, completing the second leg — and its first sea crossing — of its historic round-the-world trip.
Pilot Bertrand Piccard brought the Solar Impulse 2 down at Ahmadabad airport in Gujarat state about 16 hours after it took off from Muscat, Oman, for the 1,465-kilometer (910-mile) flight without a drop of fuel.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two Swiss pioneers are attempting to fly around the world in a solar-powered airplane without a drop of fossil fuel. Here's a look at the plane and the pioneers behind it:
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft took off just after dawn on Tuesday from Muscat, Oman, bound for India for the second leg — and its first sea crossing — in a historic round-the-world trip.
Pilot Bertrand Piccard was at the controls of the single-seater Solar Impulse 2, which is making the 1,465-kilometer (910-mile) journey from Muscat to Ahmedabad without a drop of fuel.
Seeking to fill two key Department of Transportation posts that have been vacant for months, President Barack Obama has nominated Marie Therese Dominguez to become the head of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and Sarah Feinberg to the top job at the Federal Railroad Administration, The Hill reports.
The Hill reports that the House has scheduled votes for next month on proposals to let states opt out of the Clean Power Plan, to weaken the proposed rule on disposal of coal ash at power plants, and to reform toxic chemical safety laws.
A pause in dollar gains and a drop in the number of rigs drilling for oil in the U.S. sent prices skyrocketing Friday. U.S. benchmark crude leaped 4.5 percent, or $2.62, to settle at $60.30 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent soared $2.98 - 4.8 percent - to $65.56, Reuters reports.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the advocacy group Public Citizen have filed a complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission charging that Dynegy Inc. manipulated electricity markets, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The Energy Information Administration is struggling to make accurate projections in an era of volatile energy prices, surging renewable energy, and global warming, according to U.S. News & World Report.
The goal that Kansas utilities generate 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources is now nonbinding rather than a mandate, as Gov. Sam Brownback has signed compromise energy legislation hammered out between the wind industry and its critics, The Associated Press reports.
The insistence that oil companies be able to drill relief wells in the event of an emergency is a major sticking point when it comes to the Obama administration plan to allow Arctic drilling, according to comments filed by groups including the American Petroleum Institute, FuelFix reports.