Renewable Energy

Solar power could more than handle U.S. electricity needs: Report

The Washington Post

A new report from the Environment America Research and Policy Center claims solar power has the potential to provide so much electricity that it could generate more than a hundred times what the U.S. consumes, according to The Washington Post.

Lab team in Berkeley seeking next generation battery technology

San Jose Mercury-News

The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, a 14-member partnership funded by the Department of Energy that is looking for revolutionary advances in battery technology, is moving into a new laboratory in Berkeley in January, which will unite its science and engineering staff under a single roof for the first time, the San Jose Mercury-News reports.

Ellmers, McNerney speak at hybrid trucks news conference

Washington, November 20, 2014, 10:30 am

Reps. Renee Ellmers, Jerry McNerney appear at news conference with the Electrification Coalition and Edison Electric Institute on new Nissan plug-in hybrid electric work trucks. 

No details, but Amazon promising green cloud computing


After Greenpeace gave a failing grade to Amazon for its lack of green energy standards, the company, in an online post, is promising that its cloud computing division will strive for 100 percent renewable energy usage, although it gave no timetable and no details of how the pledge will be achieved, Bloomberg reports.

Hydrogen-powered cars to hit showrooms

The New York Times

Toyota’s announcement of a timetable and pricing for release of its Mirai fuel cell sedan means the long-awaited technology is moving into position to compete with plug-in cars in dealerships, The New York Times reports.

Google buys up Dutch wind energy for data center

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Google says it will buy the entire output of an 18-turbine, 62-megawatt Dutch wind energy project in the Netherlands to supply power to a major data center it is building.

Company officials said Tuesday that Google wants both price certainty and to ensure that the 600 million euro ($750 million) data center in Eemshaven, Netherlands — due to be completed in 2017 — will be supplied by renewable energy from the start.

No fuel cell car from Honda until 2016

The Wall Street Journal

March 2016 is now the target date for Honda to launch its fuel cell car in Japan, a move put back by a program of thorough checks, according to CEO Takanobu Ito, The Wall Street Journal reports.

SunEdison buying wind power company

Solar energy company SunEdison is adding some wind-fueled power to its business with a deal worth up to $2.4 billion.

The St. Peters, Missouri-based company and its publicly traded subsidiary, TerraForm Power, said Monday that they are buying First Wind for $1.9 billion now and $510 million in payments if First Wind completes certain projects.

Toyota to start sales of fuel cell car next month

TOKYO (AP) — There will only be a few hundred, and they won't be cheap, but Toyota is about to take its first small step into the unproven market for emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicles.

The world's largest automaker announced Tuesday that it will begin selling fuel cell cars in Japan on Dec. 15 and in the U.S. and Europe in mid-2015. The sporty-looking, four-door Toyota Mirai will retail for 6.7 million yen ($57,600) before taxes. Toyota Motor Corp hopes to sell 400 in Japan and 300 in the rest of the world in the first year.

Wind firm sues to block release of bird-death data

WASHINGTON (AP) — A company that operates at least 13 wind-energy facilities across three states is suing in federal court to block the U.S. government from releasing information to The Associated Press about how many birds are found dead at its facilities.

Pacificorp of Portland, Oregon, is seeking an injunction in U.S. District Court in Utah to prevent the Interior Department from releasing information it considers confidential. The Obama administration has said it planned to turn over the material to The Associated Press, which sought it from the Interior Department in March 2013 under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. The government concluded that the industry's concerns were "insufficiently convincing" to keep the files secret.


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