Renewable Energy

NextEra’s ‘yieldco’ a sign of renewables’ strength


Investors are viewing the renewable energy industry with favor, according to analysts, who say NextEra Energy’s decision to spin off its renewables is a sign of that, E&E reports.

Judge says wind farm lawsuit belongs in Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A state judge says a lawsuit over protections for eagles and other birds living adjacent to a wind farm near the Canada border should be heard in Montana.

San Diego Gas & Electric has accused the developer of the 126-turbine Rim Rock wind farm of concealing the risks the project poses to birds.

Spain-based wind power developer NaturEner says SDG&E simply wants out of an unfavorable contract to buy power credits from the project. SDG&E also wants to cancel a pledged $245 million investment.

Hydrogen fuel startup gets Toyota backing


FirstElement Fuel, a startup led by a former GM executive, is getting backing from Toyota for its plans to set up hydrogen stations in California, Bloomberg reports.

Solar plant operator takes issue with fed report on bird deaths

The Atlantic

A spokesman for NRG, the operator of the Ivanpah solar thermal power plant in California, says it’s premature for scientists with the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory to call the facility a death trap for birds, The Atlantic reports.

Mars-Sumitomo partnership on Texas wind farm


Mars Inc. is making an investment to get renewable energy credits for offset, partnering with Sumitomo Corporation on the 200-megawatt “Mesquite Creek Wind” farm in Texas, Bloomberg reports.

One man works to get Calif. town off grid

The New York Times

Gerald Freeman’s dream of running a community completely off of its own energy sources seems increasingly within reach given modern technology, The New York Times reports.

Udall, Peters eye energy efficiency in military

The Hill

A measure on energy use in the military, introduced Wednesday by Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., focuses on increasing efficiency and decreasing reliance on fossil fuels, The Hill reports.

Office of Sen. David Vitter

Vitter renews controversial Obamacare amendment to efficiency bill

Sen. David Vitter on Wednesday said he would again seek a Senate vote on a controversial Obamacare amendment during debate on an energy efficiency bill expected next week, a move that could put the bill's chances for passage in jeopardy.

Vitter, a Republican from Louisiana, stalled consideration of an earlier version of the efficiency bill last September by demanding a vote on the same proposal. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said in response to the latest attempt that he wasn't sure what would happen with the new bill.

Moniz sees US doubling hydropower by 2030


Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz told the National Hydropower Association annual conference Tuesday that U.S. rivers and streams could generate more than 65,000 megawatts of new electricity in the next 16 years, Platts reports.

Intel, NYSE score high on EPA’s Green Energy list

The Wall Street Journal

Intel uses the most green energy – 3.1 billion kilowatt hours – while NYSE Euronext has the highest percentage of green energy use, according to charts and graphs from the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Top 100 list of companies in its Green Power Partnership, The Wall Street Journal reports.


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