BrightSource Energy and Abengoa Solar said Friday they won’t be going ahead with the proposed Palen solar project, in part because construction wouldn’t be finished by the end of 2016 and so it wouldn’t be eligible for the expiring 30 percent investment tax credit, The Desert Sun reports.
If efficiency of perovskite continues to improve, the crystalline structures may offer a cheaper alternative to silicon or could be partnered with it to make better solar cells, The Wall Street Journal reports.
El Hierro, a part of Spain’s Canary Island chain, hopes to become the first island in the world to get all of its power from renewable energy, now that its Gorona del Viento wind and water turbine farm has started operation, NPR reports.
The Japanese goal – to make all public buildings zero energy by 2020 with private buildings following in the decade after that – isn’t unrealistic, an analyst told The Wall Street Journal, which reports that Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. hopes to put side solar panels into mass production next year.
Trying to build a local pool of workers, OnForce Solar is teaming with Bronx Community College to create a technology hub in the New York City borough that will offer training and encourage start-ups, The New York Times reports.
An energy efficiency program to give low-income Texas residents tools that will work with smart meters should be ready to go in January, more than three years after the state Public Utility Commission had hoped to have something in place, The Texas Tribune reports.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft is planned to start and finish its first round-the-world flight from the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi, a government-backed renewable energy company in the oil-rich Gulf federation said Thursday.
The choice of Abu Dhabi as the launch site for the historic journey is likely to bolster the wealthy emirate's efforts to position itself as a champion of renewable energy. It controls the bulk of the vast petroleum reserves in the Emirates, a seven-state federation that ranks among the largest oil exporters in OPEC.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.
The caverns in central Utah would serve as a kind of massive battery on a scale never before seen, helping to overcome the fact that — even in Wyoming — wind doesn't blow all the time.
Car-mounted technology called flutter-driven triboelectrification has the potential to generate enough energy to charge a cell phone or tablet, according to Korean researchers writing in the journal Nature Communications, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Federal agencies would have to assess the impact projects would have on climate change as part of their reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act, under draft guidelines the White House released Thursday, National Journal reports.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah and the next chairman of the House Oversight Committee, says Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., will head up a new subcommittee charged with monitoring Obama administration environment and energy policies, The Hill reports.
In the Texas legislature, Rep. Phil King has introduced measures that would require local fracking bans to get approval from the state Attorney General, with communities having to bankroll impact studies and reimburse lost tax revenue, FuelFix reports.
The slump in oil prices resumed Thursday, with analysts predicting they could go even lower. U.S. benchmark crude for January delivery dropped $2.36 to settle at $54.11 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London February Brent was back under $60, finishing $1.91 down at $59.27, Reuters reports.
Shell’s decision on whether to proceed with Arctic drilling, expected sometime between now and March, will likely be made more on the basis of court rulings and government reviews rather than oil prices, officials have told Platts.
The National Hockey League has a big climate change goal for its current season: To work with Constellation, an energy services firm, to cut carbon emissions and offset the rest in order to achieve carbon neutrality, National Journal reports.
Bhavesh V. “Bob” Patel – a vice president in LyondellBasell’s international manufacturing operations, will take over as chief executive officer of the chemical company when James Gallogly retires on Jan. 12, FuelFix reports.
Jon Carson, ex-Obama campaign strategist, will be helping SolarCity to find creative ways of persuading people to put solar panels on their roofs, instead of relying on traditional advertising, The Washington Post reports.
The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan unveiled earlier this year, which would encourage development of wind, solar and geothermal projects over millions of acres in California, says little about how the generated power will be distributed, which could see battles over siting new transmission lines, The Desert Sun reports.