Days after Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, signed a measure to freeze the state’s green energy targets, he approved a bill that more than doubles the distance wind turbines have to be from a property line, the Plain Dealer reports.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors is giving other companies open access to its patents to accelerate the development of electric vehicles.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Thursday the company will share several hundred patents and won't sue those who use them.
"If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal," Musk wrote in a blog on the company's Web site.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's goal to expand solar power in the nation may be derailed if the government moves ahead with his predecessor's plan for new duties on imported solar panels, Bloomberg reports.
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.
The power substation in San Jose where a sniper attack last year raised concern about the security of the country’s grid has been breached again, according to Pacific Gas and Electric, which said thieves cut through a fence and stole some equipment, The New York Times reports.
A corn ethanol plant at the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon, which Valero Energy Corp. bought in March, has restarted, FuelFix reports. It is expected to boost the company’s output to 1.3 billion gallons a year, making Valero the country’s third-largest ethanol producer.
Oil looks set to finish out the week higher in the wake of another positive piece of data on the U.S. economy, news of an unexpected rise in consumer confidence. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery was up 66 cents to $95.21 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude settled 35 cents higher to $102.81, Bloomberg reports.
Fighting in Tripoli may have been escalating, but in the east of Libya, the key oil port of Es Sider is once again getting a flow of crude from oilfields after exports there resumed last week following a one-year hiatus, an official told The Wall Street Journal.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., listed her parents’ home in New Orleans as her address in filing last week to qualify for the ballot in Louisiana, prompting some critics to question her residency status, The Washington Post reports.
Clean Air Act violations for the release of phosgene, methyl chloride and oleum at a West Virginia facility between 2006 and 2010 will cost DuPont $1.3 million in fines, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department said in announcing a settlement, The Hill reports.
A project to build a big $25 billion water tunnel system in Northern California poses water quality problems to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and a possible threat to smelt and salmon, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a letter accompanying comments posted online, the Los Angeles Times reports.