Renewable Energy

Green light for 128 MW of Duke solar projects in NC

Duke Energy says its subsidiary Duke Energy Progress has gotten approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission for its plans to build three solar projects that would generate 128 megawatts of electricity, Platts reports.

Walden Pond where Thoreau lived simply goes solar

CONCORD, Massachusetts (AP) — Henry David Thoreau famously wrote of "the sunshine of a winter's day," and now the simple place that inspired him the most is going solar.

Officials are breaking ground on a new visitor's center at Walden Pond State Reservation, and the $8 million complex will feature two decidedly high-tech touches: a solar canopy and a pair of electric vehicle charging stations.

Australian researchers claim more efficient solar panels


By splitting solar cells in panels, researchers at the University of New South Wales in Australia claim to have increased their electricity conversion rate to 40 percent, AFP reports.

VW picks up battery stake, to get boost over Tesla

Startup QuantumScape Corp. -– believed to be working on solid-state battery technology -- has caught the attention of Volkswagen AG, which has bought a stake in the company, people familiar with the deal have told Bloomberg, which reports that the German automaker is likely trying to get a competitive edge over Tesla.

India plans 5-fold increase in clean energy

India says it is taking bold steps against climate change with plans for a five-fold increase in renewable energy capacity.

However, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said the country won't act to curb carbon emissions because it first must pursue economic growth to eradicate poverty.

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Wyden: Longer tax extenders bill faces hurdles

As the wind industry and allied senators called for the Senate to insist on its two-year tax breaks extension bill, prospects for the effort were dwindling, according to a key architect. 

After the House passed a one-year bill that extends about 50 expired breaks -- including the wind Production Tax Credit -- only through this year, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., told reporters that the legislative options to get a pending two-year bill through the Senate were limited.

"I continue to talk to senators about a bipartisan bill," Wyden said, "and I will tell you it is hard to see how you get over the procedure (issues) to bring it up."

Slovakia revokes hydro plant lease deal with Enel

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's prime minister says his government is terminating the lease of a major state-owned hydro power plant to Italian energy company Enel.

Robert Fico said Thursday that Enel had breached a contract signed in 2006. He has blamed Enel for not providing sufficient information about profits generated by the 720-megawatt Gabcikovo plant located on the Danube river and a lack of a plan for its maintenance.

Extenders bill sails though House

The House on Wednesday passed a one-year, $44.7 billion tax breaks extenders bill on a 378-46 vote.

The bill now heads to the Senate, where Democrats will have to weigh it against the two-year bipartisan package passed in the Senate Finance Committee earlier this year.

The wind power industry has pushed for enactment of the Senate package that would extend the tax breaks through 2015. 

House sends 1-year extenders bill to Senate

The House on Monday overwhelmingly approved of a one-year renewal of the expired wind Production Tax Credit and other business tax breaks, despite calls for a longer extension from the wind industry, backed by environmental groups.

The Republican-led House voted 378-46 to send the $44.7 billion extenders bill to the Senate. Democrats there will have to decide whether to insist on the two-year, $85 billion extenders bill passed by the Finance Committee this spring, or simply pass the House bill as time runs short on their lame-duck session.

President Barack Obama made clear Wednesday he could sign either bill.

Tesla sales could be hit by lower gasoline prices

The Wall Street Journal

Projections for sales of Tesla’s Model 3, to start shipping in 2017 with a price tag of $35,000, could be seen as overly optimistic if gasoline prices remain relatively low, The Wall Street Journal reports.


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