Supporters of a Florida ballot initiative to allow people with solar panels to sell electricity to others are upset over a proposed law that allows the same thing - because they say it could allow utilities to charge panel owners big fees to stay connected to the power grid, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
California needs roughly 100 hydrogen filling stations to allow residents driving fuel cell vehicles to travel around the state easily, and the California Energy Commission says it intends to spend some $20 million to build half of them, the Los Angeles Times reports.
HELSINKI (AP) — Apple is investing 1.7 billion euros ($1.92 billion) in high-tech data centers in Denmark and Ireland that will be powered by renewable energy, in its largest such project in Europe to date, the company said Monday.
The hubs, to begin operations in 2017, will power data for Apple Inc.'s online services, including iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri voice services.
Sungevity says it has found a way into the North Carolina residential solar market despite laws that restrict panel ownership to individuals, utilities, and power wholesalers, the News & Observer reports.
Amid increasing signs that Apple is taking a serious look at moving into the electric car business, the Los Angeles Times reports that one reason why may be to keep rival Google from dominating the potential market.
From Kansas City to California, utilities are beginning to take on the task of building a network of electric car charging stations, which will offer them a new market and may help the sales of the vehicles finally take off, The New York Times reports.
A measure to cut the amount utilities pay to buy power from home solar systems -– which is supported by utilities and generally opposed by solar proponents –- has started moving through the Indiana legislature with approval from a House committee, The Indianapolis Star reports.
Kaiser Permanente, the big health care company, announced it is joining Google in buying power from NextEra Energy’s planned wind farm at Altamont Pass, as well as generating solar energy from panels at its own facilities, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Seeking to fill two key Department of Transportation posts that have been vacant for months, President Barack Obama has nominated Marie Therese Dominguez to become the head of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and Sarah Feinberg to the top job at the Federal Railroad Administration, The Hill reports.
The Hill reports that the House has scheduled votes for next month on proposals to let states opt out of the Clean Power Plan, to weaken the proposed rule on disposal of coal ash at power plants, and to reform toxic chemical safety laws.
A pause in dollar gains and a drop in the number of rigs drilling for oil in the U.S. sent prices skyrocketing Friday. U.S. benchmark crude leaped 4.5 percent, or $2.62, to settle at $60.30 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent soared $2.98 - 4.8 percent - to $65.56, Reuters reports.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the advocacy group Public Citizen have filed a complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission charging that Dynegy Inc. manipulated electricity markets, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The Energy Information Administration is struggling to make accurate projections in an era of volatile energy prices, surging renewable energy, and global warming, according to U.S. News & World Report.
The goal that Kansas utilities generate 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources is now nonbinding rather than a mandate, as Gov. Sam Brownback has signed compromise energy legislation hammered out between the wind industry and its critics, The Associated Press reports.
The insistence that oil companies be able to drill relief wells in the event of an emergency is a major sticking point when it comes to the Obama administration plan to allow Arctic drilling, according to comments filed by groups including the American Petroleum Institute, FuelFix reports.