WASHINGTON (AP) — Two universities in the nation's capital have agreed to a major energy deal to buy more than half their power from three new solar power farms that will be built in North Carolina, the schools announced Monday night.
George Washington University, American University and the George Washington University Hospital announced the 20-year agreement with Duke Energy Renewables to reduce their carbon footprints by directly tapping solar energy.
The Capital Partners Solar Project will break ground this summer near Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Once fully operational in 2015 with 243,000 solar panels, the three solar farms are expected to generate 123 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year. Planners said that translates to eliminating about 60,000 metric tons of carbon emissions per year or taking 12,500 cars off the road.
BMW and Nissan are among automakers showing interest in the more than 690 patents Tesla has acquired, which include many for the electric vehicle maker’s unique battery designs, The Washington Post reports.
CEO Sam Weaver of Cool Energy, based in Boulder, Colo., has high hopes for the company’s deal with Calif. solar firm Edisun Heliostats Inc. to provide a 25-kilowatt engine that harnesses waste heat from rock bed storage, the Daily Camera reports.
Electricity transmission company Oncor is installing five batteries for testing around South Dallas this summer, designed to provide emergency power in the event of a blackout on the grid, the Texas Tribune reports.
Rice University researchers, publishing in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Journal of Material Chemistry A, say they’ve found a simpler and more efficient way to create black silicon, a key component in solar panels, FuelFix reports.
A concept pioneered in Colorado – groups of people banding together to invest in solar projects in their communities and getting credit for them on their electricity bills – is growing across the country, The New York Times reports.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Harley-Davidson has introduced its first electric motorcycle, a sleek, futuristic bike that sounds like a jet airplane taking off and can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds.
The bike isn't in production yet. Instead, the public will get its first look at handmade demonstration models at an invitation-only event Monday in New York. The company will then take the models on the road for riders to try and provide feedback. Harley will use the information to refine the bike, which might not hit the market for several more years.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservation group says it's suing the Obama administration over a new federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to seek approval to kill or injure eagles for 30 years.
The lawsuit from the American Bird Conservancy was expected to be filed Thursday in federal court in San Jose, California. A copy of the complaint was obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday.
The group argues that the rule, which extended by 25 years the length of time companies may kill or injure eagles without fear of prosecution, is illegal because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to evaluate the consequences and ensure it would not damage eagle populations. The Obama administration classified the rule as an administrative change, excluding it from a full environmental review.
Mosaic, which uses crowdsourcing to fund solar projects, has launched a new online tool that lets people nominate buildings to receive rooftop solar panels, with the company donating $100 toward an installation each time one gets 50 clicks, USA Today reports.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Asian Development Bank and two U.N. agencies launched a hub Wednesday to mobilize investments and innovation to bring clean energy to the Asia Pacific region, where more than 600 million people lack electricity and 1.8 billion use firewood and charcoal at home.
Energy demand is soaring in the region on the back of economic and population growth, and the ADB said that by 2035 developing countries in the region will account for 56 percent of global energy use, up from 34 percent in 2010. They will need more than $200 billion in energy investments by 2030.
In a notice filed in the Federal Register Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency said it won’t decide until February whether to block work on Alaska’s Pebble Mine, giving itself more time to review the extensive public comments it has received, The Hill reports.
Environment and Public Works Committee chair Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., has weighed in on the negotiations over new chemical safety legislation, raising GOP hackles by making public a draft being worked on by ranking Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana along with her critique of it and her own proposal, E&E reports.
Rob Merrifield, the man who’ll be Alberta's next envoy in Washington, told The Globe and Mail in an interview that an oil train disaster similar to the destructive derailment in Lac-Megantic would finally force U.S. officials into approving the Keystone XL pipeline.
Shares in TransCanada, the company behind Keystone XL, have increased 70 percent in the six years the project has been stalled – that’s one of the points Bloomberg Businessweek notes as it looks back over the history of the proposed pipeline.
Ahead of the summit next week in New York, more than 1,400 organizations have been planning for a People’s Climate March Sunday that will be the largest protest on the issue in history, to include the famous and the powerful like U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Rolling Stone reports.
Preliminary reports blamed the radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico on a single ruptured barrel that came from Los Alamos National Laboratory, but Joe Franco, who manages the Department of Energy’s field office in Carlsbad, told a public meeting that there may have been a problem with plutonium contamination from a second container, Reuters reports.
Rising inventories and a dollar gaining on the expectations of an interest rate hike pressured oil prices Friday. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery fell 66 cents to $92.41 on the Nymex but ended the week slightly higher, while in London November Brent settled up 69 cents to $98.39, an increase of 1.3 percent on the week, Bloomberg reports.
German giant Siemens AG is likely to edge out rival bidder Sulzer of Switzerland to take over Texas oil equipment-maker Dresser-Rand, as it’s preparing a cash offer topping $6 billion, people familiar with the situation told The Wall Street Journal.
Ethanol assessments were at their lowest point in more than four years Thursday after an Energy Information Administration report indicating supplies hit an 18-month high of 18.8 million barrels the week ending Sept. 12, Platts reports.
The Scottish “no” vote on independence – which was welcomed by Royal Dutch Shell's CEO – lifts the burden of uncertainty from oil companies, leaving them clear to focus on how to get more out of declining North Sea oilfields, Platts reports.