IVANPAH DRY LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays — "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair
Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one "streamer" every two minutes, are urging California officials to halt the operator's application to build a still-bigger version.
The investigators want the halt until the full extent of the deaths can be assessed. Estimates per year now range from a low of about a thousand by BrightSource to 28,000 by an expert for the Center for Biological Diversity environmental group.
The Department of Energy announced it is giving $55 million to 31 projects aimed at improving fuel efficiency and boosting electric vehicles, in particular the development of new battery technology, The Hill reports.
A group of 21 environmental and clean energy groups have sent a letter to Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., asking her to remove language from a defense appropriations bill that would delay construction of a Pioneer Green Energy wind farm in the Chesapeake Bay area over fears it would interfere with operations at the nearby Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Gannett’s DelmarvaNow reports.
Furthering the goal of energizing people “wherever they are,” according to CEO David Crane, NRG Energy has acquired the mobile solar startup Goal Zero for an undisclosed amount of cash, The New York Times reports.
The Energy Department's statistics wing on Tuesday offered drivers who have enjoyed declining gasoline prices more good news: The pain at the pump should continue to lessen.
In its monthly short term energy outlook, the Energy Information Administration said the prime driver of gasoline costs, crude oil prices, should remain steady for the rest of the year despite record U.S. refinery demand.
California – competing against Nevada, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico to be chosen as the site for Tesla Motors’ battery gigafactory – could waive some of its toughest environmental regulations as an incentive, according to state Sen. Ted Gaines, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Efforts to renew the expired wind production tax credit have stalled in the Senate logjam so far this year, and any future push to revive it may depend on the outcome of the November elections, in particular whether Republicans win control of the Senate, E&E reports.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The potential for renewable energy development in the Southwest is tremendous, but two top officials in President Barack Obama's administration said Monday much work needs to be done to meet the challenges of exporting that power to market.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz were among dozens of state and tribal officials who met in Santa Fe as part of the administration's effort to develop recommendations regarding the transmission, storage and distribution of energy.
Jewell and Moniz said one of the biggest challenges has been working across state lines and Native American jurisdictions to site and permit transmission and pipeline projects. They pointed to the $2 billion SunZia project between New Mexico and Arizona as one example.
Despite Republican opposition to Department of Energy backing for green energy projects, a number of GOP governors are lobbying strongly to get electric car maker Tesla to build its battery ‘gigafactory’ in their states, presumably bringing thousands of jobs with it, National Journal reports.
Oil dropped again early Friday, retreating from previous gains, as traders decided news of a drop in Saudi supplies didn't signal a cut in OPEC production. West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery fell 74 cents to $81.35 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent slid 1.2 percent, trading $1.02 lower to $85.81, Bloomberg reports.
A microbe that eats carbon and releases methane in its place – Methanoflorens stordalenmirensis – is multiplying in the Arctic melt and accelerating the global warming process, according to scientists writing in the journal Nature this week, The Washington Post reports.
Californians for Energy Independence, a political action committee backed by the oil industry, has raised $7.6 million to fight Measure P in Santa Barbara County and Measure J in San Benito County, which prohibit hydraulic fracturing, FuelFix reports.
Despite a negative assessment from an administrative law judge, the Illinois Commerce Commission has approved Commonwealth Edison’s plan to build the Grand Prairie Gateway transmission line, which could bring 1,000 more megawatts of power to the north of the state and grid operator PJM Interconnection when it’s completed in 2017, Platts reports.
Southern Co. subsidiary Southern Power has bought the Solar Gen 2 plant in California from First Solar Inc., and will sell the electricity from it on to San Diego Gas & Electric, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Scientists in New England, in a study published in the Journal of Economic Geography, have found that people were more likely to install solar panels on their roof if they live nearby someone else who had done so, The Washington Post reports.
Climate analyst Rick S. Piltz has died from cancer at age 71, he quit the George W. Bush administration after he claimed his bosses were tweaking report language to play down climate change risks, The New York Times reports.