Renewable Energy

California utilities rank high for renewables, efficiency: Ceres

Source: 
Forbes

Utilities like Pacific Gas & Electric and Sempra rank highly in the use of renewable energy and promoting energy efficiency, while Entergy and Dominion Resources are near the bottom of the list of 32 of the nation’s utilities in an analysis compiled by Ceres and Clean Edge, groups which promote sustainable energy, Forbes reports.

Utah residents fighting solar panel surcharge

Source: 
Deseret News

Renewable energy advocates attending a public meeting Wednesday asked the Utah Public Service Commission to reject an application from Rocky Mountain Power to charge customers with solar panels an extra fee, the Deseret News reports.

New Texas transmission system attracting wind farm clusters

Source: 
The New York Times

The installation in Texas of a massive transmission system for wind energy, which can handle up to 18,000 megawatts, has encouraged development of clusters of wind farms in its competitive renewable energy zones, The New York Times reports.

DOE loan program successes underreported: Moniz

Source: 
The Hill

The Department of Energy loan program designed to encourage advanced technologies has around a 2 percent default rate and has used only 10 percent of a mandated reserve fund, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Wednesday, The Hill reports.

Kansas Gov. Brownback reaffirms support for wind energy

Source: 
The Wichita Eagle

Looking back on the failed attempt to repeal the renewable portfolio standard in the state legislature’s recent session, Gov. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., on Wednesday reaffirmed his support for wind energy and urged a compromise between supporters and opponents of renewables, The Wichita Eagle reports.

Geothermal industry hoping for boost from fracking

Source: 
The New York Times

Know-how and data gained from fracking -– as well as the use of abandoned wells -– could give a boost to the growing geothermal industry, The New York Times reports.

GE hopes to produce fuel cell systems this year

Source: 
Bloomberg

By the end of 2014 General Electric hopes to produce systems that generate electricity using a solid oxide fuel cell, now that it has opened a testing and research facility for the process in upstate New York, Bloomberg reports.

Offshore wind farms provide feeding ground for seals

Source: 
Los Angeles Times

Some seals monitored with GPS tracking in Europe appear to consider offshore wind farms to be good places for them to find fish to eat, according to a study published this week in the journal Current Biology, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Power systems weakness drives ABB down

Source: 
Reuters

ABB, the Swiss engineering group, has posted a 17 percent drop in second quarter net profit, a bigger loss than expected, dragged down by delays to solar power and offshore wind projects which have hurt the company’s power systems unit, Reuters reports.

2 week pause as Tesla’s Calif. factory retools

Source: 
Bloomberg

Production at Tesla’s California factory has halted for two weeks while the electric vehicle maker retools to add robots and reconfigures for assembly of its Model X SUV, Bloomberg reports.

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