Renewable Energy

Wind transmission line gets thumbs down in Missouri

The Kansas City Star

The Grain Belt Express, a $2.2 billion transmission line proposed by Clean Line Energy to bring wind power from Kansas to points east, through Missouri, has been rejected by the Missouri Public Service Commission, The Kansas City Star reports.

Tesla tops 11,000 vehicles delivered in second quarter

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla's second-quarter deliveries surged 52 percent to set a company record exceeding 11,000 vehicles.

The Palo Alto, California, company had surpassed 10,000 vehicles for the first time in the first three months of the year and on Thursday said it had broken that record, delivering 11,507 vehicles.

Scientists get cheaper hydrogen from solar panels


Swiss scientists have come up with a new solar technology that produces hydrogen, potentially bringing down the cost of the clean energy fuel, Reuters reports.

Waiting for charging stations annoys Tesla customers

The Wall Street Journal

Tesla owners can use company-run charging stations for free, but they may have to wait to use them, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Toyota, Nissan, Honda back hydrogen stations for fuel cells

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota, Nissan and Honda are working together to get more fuel cell vehicles on roads in what they call Japan's big push toward "a hydrogen society."

Fuel cell vehicles emit no pollution. They run on the power created when hydrogen stored as fuel combines with oxygen in the air to make water.

U.S., Brazil chart path for 20 percent renewable power by 2030

WASHINGTON (AP) — Brazil is pledging to restore millions of acres of forests and expand renewable energy as part of its commitment to a budding global climate treaty.

In the electricity sector, the U.S. and Brazil are jointly announcing intentions to increase their share of non-hydropower renewable sources to 20 percent by 2030.

Brazil is previewing elements of its pledge as part of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's official visit to the White House. She's meeting with President Barack Obama on Tuesday.

The White House says Brazil will restore and reforest 12 million hectares by 2030. That's an area roughly the size of Pennsylvania. Brazil also plans to expand renewable energy sources other than hydropower to between 28 percent and 33 percent of its total energy mix by 2030.

Advanced Energy dropping solar inverter business


Faced with declining sales, Fort Collins, Colo.-based Advanced Energy Industries Inc. says it will spend up to $290 million to shut its solar inverter business, the Coloradoan reports.

Hyundai sees future in hydrogen-powered cars

YONGIN, South Korea (AP) — Hyundai Motor Co. says hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are the future for eco-friendly cars despite challenges of limited infrastructure and slow sales.

South Korea's largest automaker sold or leased about 250 of its Tucson Fuel Cell vehicles since beginning production in 2013, lower than its 1,000 target, mostly in Europe and California.

Solar Impulse plane departs Japan, headed for Hawaii

TOKYO (AP) — A solar-powered plane attempting to circumnavigate the globe without fuel took off from Japan early Monday after an unscheduled, month-long stop.

The Solar Impulse 2 departed around 3 a.m. from an airport in Nagoya in central Japan. The plane with one pilot is attempting a 120-hour flight to Hawaii, the longest leg of its journey so far.

Hawaii's clean energy growth faces grid challenges

The Wall Street Journal

While Hawaii is becoming a "laboratory" for clean energy, with 21 percent of its power coming from renewables, the state's grid is also facing challenges from intermittent power and more rooftop solar, The Wall Street Journal reports.


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