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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Environmental Protection Agency has sent its suggested blending mandate for the long-delayed 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard to the Office of Management and Budget without dropping hints about what’s in the proposal, which will now be reviewed by the White House and other federal agencies, and Platts suggests a final decision may not even be made public until after the November election.
Even with Russia sending a convoy of trucks into Ukraine Friday, oil prices continued to decline as there’s been no evidence of any disruption in supply. U.S. benchmark crude for October delivery slipped 31 cents to settle at $93.65 a barrel on the Nymex, a drop of 3.9 percent on the week, while in London Brent crude ended 34 cents lower at $102.29, Reuters reports.
The non-profit group Sky Truth has created a global interactive map displaying natural gas flaring – in the U.S. showing concentrated activity in the Bakken, Eagle Ford and Marcellus Shale plays -- while environmental advocate Earthworks has released a report entitled Up in Flames that contains extensive statistics, stating, for example, that flaring in the Bakken increased five-fold between 2010 and 2013, according to National Journal.
Approval for power transmission projects like Gateway West and the TransWest Express is taking the federal government far too long, Wyoming Infrastructure Authority chairman Mike Easley told Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Thursday, The Associated Press reports.
California territory in “severe” drought dropped slightly to 97.5 percent this week due to above normal rainfall in the south, but that hasn’t helped boost low reservoir levels, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Lawyers for the Kurdistan Regional Government appeared before U.S. District Judge Gray Miller Friday, asking him to throw out a previous order from a magistrate -- which had been issued at the behest of the Iraqi government -- allowing U.S. marshals to seize any crude unloaded from a tanker that's been anchored off Galveston for weeks, FuelFix reports.
According to filings with the Federal Election Commission this week, NextGen Climate Action Committee took in $8 million in July but $7.5 million of that came from founder Tom Steyer, Politico reports.
The California Senate approved and sent to Governor Jerry Brown a bill to streamline the solar permit process, intended to make it easier and quicker for homeowners to get solar power installations up and running, according to LBReport.com.
A burdensome approval process and delays in the city’s Department of Water and Power in getting customers hooked up to the grid is putting a damper on solar power installations in L.A., the Los Angeles Times reports.