Renewable Energy

EU, Germany reach deal on clean energy rules

The Wall Street Journal

Germany and the European Union have reached a deal to avert a probe into the nation's proposed renewable energy laws after Germany agreed to changes including eliminating an exemption to protect German firms from paying into a renewable subsidy fund, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Bay Area governments make big electric-vehicle buy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country.

The six cities, two counties and two water agencies have gone in together to buy 90 electric vehicles with the help of a $2.8 million grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, a regional transportation agency, officials with the Bay Area Climate Collaborative said on Tuesday. Some of the vehicles will be on display at a news conference on Tuesday.

The vehicles will save more than $500,000 in fuel costs and about 2 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over five years, Bay Area Climate Collaborative Executive Director Rafael Reyes said.

Trade talks on $1 trillion in environmental goods

GENEVA (AP) — Diplomats from the United States, China and the European Union began talks Tuesday with 11 other countries toward a deal that would cut tariffs on almost $1 trillion of environmental goods.

The proposed agreement at the World Trade Organization would cover 86 percent of trade in goods such as solar panels and wind turbines for producing energy, filters for wastewater treatment and catalytic converters for air pollution control. U.S. exports of environmental goods reached $106 billion last year, and have grown 8 percent a year since 2009.

The negotiations also include Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland, and Chinese Taipei. They are meant to build on a list of 54 environmental goods put together by members of APEC — the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation for Pacific Rim economies — for which the governments hope to reduce tariffs to five percent or less by the end of 2015.

Merkel argues for sustainability, economic growth

BEIJING (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Chinese youth on Tuesday to help protect the environment and conserve energy, telling a group of elite university students that sustainability does not have to come at the cost of economic growth and can ensure a better world.

In a speech at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China's top universities, Merkel said it does not make sense to separate economic performance, environmental protection and social responsibility.

"Sustainable development does not sacrifice economic growth. This is a misunderstanding. Sustainable development gives us a new opportunity to create wealth," Merkel said at the end of a three-day visit to China, where she helped open an urbanization forum, met with Chinese leaders and promoted German enterprises.

Tesla faces trademark suit in China


Tesla Motors' move into China has been met with a lawsuit for trademark infringement from a man who registered the company's name ahead of its entry into Chinese markets, Bloomberg reports.

IBM looks to improve China's renewable oversight, air quality


IBM announced a partnership with Beijing's municipal government to better manage air quality and to assist utilities in assessing renewable energy supplies, Bloomberg reports.

Tesla to study remains of stolen car that caught fire


Tesla Motors plans to study the remains of a stolen Model S sedan that split in half and caught fire after several collisions to determine any mechanical issues with the electric vehicle, Bloomberg reports.

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DOE offering new green energy loan guarantees

For the first time since the big economic stimulus funding lapsed, the Energy Department is offering federal loan guarantees for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects -- but there's a catch.

The $4 billion in guarantees are offered only to companies that will pay into a fund to offset some of the costs.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Interior to lease offshore wind area off Maryland

The Interior Department will make available 80,000 acres in waters off Maryland for wind power development, in its latest action by the Obama administration to spur development of Atlantic Ocean offshore wind farms.

The department said Wednesday the Aug. 19 competitive lease sale has so far attracted interest from 16 companies. It first proposed the sale in December.

Norwegian firms to build wind farm off UK coast

HELSINKI (AP) — Norwegian energy companies Statoil and Statkraft have announced plans to build a wind farm off the British coast in a 15 billion kroner ($2.4 billion) investment, expected to be completed in 2017.

Statoil, the operator of the Dudgeon offshore project, says construction of the 67 turbines will begin in 2016. With a total generation capacity of 402 MW, they will provide energy for some 410,000 households.


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