Renewable Energy


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.

Another advance in battery technology: Store energy around a copper wire


A science team at the University of Central Florida, specializing in nanotechnology, says it has found a way to store energy in a sheath filled with 'nano-whiskers' wrapped around a copper wire, in a study appearing in two journals, Advanced Materials and Nature, Reuters reports.

Scientist Peter Glaser dies, had suggested harnessing solar power from space

The New York Times

Scientist Peter Glaser, dead at age 90, had proposed in the late 1960s collecting solar power in space and transmitting it to Earth via microwave, The New York Times reports.

Chinese solar firms violating agreement, European companies say

The Wall Street Journal

A trade war over solar panels is threatening to reignite, with European manufacturers, including SolarWorld, complaining to the European Commission that Chinese firms are violating an agreement reached last year, just as the U.S. is moving to impose new tariffs on panels from several Chinese companies, The Wall Street Journal reports.

NRG Yield to buy Alta Wind from Terra-Gen


NRG Yield, an affiliate of NRG Energy, will pay $870 million and assume $1.6 billion in debt to buy the 947-megawatt Alta Wind facility in California from Terra-Gen Power, FuelFix reports.

‘Modest’ increase in electricity cost to bring in renewables: Study

The Denver Post

Bringing renewable energy into the power mix adds roughly an additional 1 percent cost to retail electricity rates, according to a study of 24 states by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, The Denver Post reports.

Report: Renewable energy surge in poorer countries

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new report says 95 developing countries have adopted policies promoting the use of renewable energy, a dramatic increase from just 15 countries in 2005.

The report by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, launched Tuesday at the United Nations, says that in 2013 renewable sources of energy had another record year with 144 countries having policies and targets.

Some states, renewables industry, eye opportunities in EPA carbon rule


The Environmental Protection Agency’s move to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants could offer opportunities to states like Iowa, South Dakota, Maine and Minnesota, which already generate more renewable energy than the agency has targeted for them, as well as for the renewable energy industry as a whole, E&E reports.

Commerce move to impose tariffs on Chinese panels gets mixed reaction

The New York Times

SolarWorld, which had complained about Chinese panel makers finding a loophole to avoid paying duties, hailed the Commerce Department announcement about a preliminary move to impose tariffs of up to 35 percent on some companies, but Rhone Resch, chief of the Solar Energy Industries Association complained that the “damaging” tariffs would increase consumer costs, The New York Times reports.


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