Renewable Energy

Texas set wind generation record Sunday: ERCOT


Sunday night saw a new record output of 11,467 megawatts of power from wind farms in Texas, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which reported negative power prices as demand dipped Monday morning, Platts reports.

Growing clean energy economy in Vermont: State data

The Associated Press

According to data compiled by the state, Vermont’s clean energy economy—including efficiency projects as well as renewable sources—grew by 6.2 percent in 2014, and should add another 1,000 jobs in the next six months, The Associated Press reports.

End to wind PTC could stop new projects: AWEA


Failure to extend the wind Production Tax Credit could mean a 70 to 90 percent drop in new wind power projects, according to an analysis being released by the American Wind Energy Association this week, FuelFix reports.

Fun not fuel-saving focus in Las Vegas debut of Toyota Prius

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Where does a practical car like the Toyota Prius go to reinvent itself? The same place many people go to let loose and have fun: Las Vegas.

Brightly-lit displays on a Las Vegas Strip rooftop-turned-nightclub reminded the gathered crowd of executives, car dealers and automotive journalists on Tuesday night that the Prius could be modern, sleek and edgy.

California board told 91 clean-energy projects completed

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California officials told a citizens oversight board Tuesday that they know of 91 school energy-efficiency projects completed with funding from a green energy ballot initiative, and they expect the number will climb as districts provide updates at the end of the year.

California Energy Commission staff told the Proposition 39 Citizens Oversight Board that 43 education districts out of more than 1,600 that applied for planning money have finished projects so far. To date, the commission says 536 applications have been approved.

Mhassan Abdollahi

SEIA: U.S. solar industry surpasses 20 gigawatts in second quarter

The U.S. solar market surpassed 20 gigawatts for the first time thanks to significant growth in the second quarter of 2015, the industry’s trade association reported Wednesday as its leader pushed for an extension of an investment tax credit beyond next year.

The Solar Energy Industries Association’s Q2 2015 U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, produced by GTM Research, said 1,393 megawatts of new solar capacity went online in the second quarter, a 5 percent increase from the previous quarter and a 6-percent increase over the same period last year.

Toyota to roll out new Prius hybrid as gas prices tumble

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The rollout of Toyota's new Prius comes at an inauspicious time for gas-sipping vehicles.

The Japanese automaker plans to introduce a sleeker version of the car that runs on gas and electricity at a glitzy event Tuesday night in Las Vegas. But gas prices are at their lowest level in more than a decade and are expected to head even lower.

Wind industry seeks to cut bat kills by 30 percent

The Hill

American Wind Energy Association members plan to slow down the rate of revolutions for turbines this fall in an effort to cut bat killed by blades by 30 percent during the animals' peak migration season, The Hill reports.

Trio charged with running $54M green-energy Ponzi scheme

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors have charged three people with running a $54 million Ponzi scheme they say was built on promises of a green energy technology that would turn trash into fuel that they never developed.

Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia unsealed an indictment Thursday against 34-year-old Troy Wragg, formerly of Philadelphia, 32-year-old Amanda Knorr, of Pennsylvania, and 52-year-old Wayde McKelvy, of Colorado. They were charged with wire and securities fraud and conspiracy.

Hitachi eyes expansion into offshore wind parts


Hitachi Ltd. is looking to expand its research into offshore wind energy and is considering development of a new manufacturing line that would produce parts for 5-megawatt systems by March 2016, Bloomberg reports.


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