MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Getting energy from the sun, wind and forests fits with Vermont's sense of itself as clean, green and independent. But when it comes time to build and live with the projects that make it possible, things can get complicated.
The state's own comprehensive energy plan contemplates a future of electric cars and renewable sources providing 90 percent of its energy needs. And Vermont was recently rated No. 1 in solar industry jobs per capita.
But strong opposition from citizens' groups to a wind-power project in Lowell, the recent vote by property owners to reject a proposed wind farm in northeastern Vermont, and a ruling by state regulators against a proposed wood-burning power plant in southern Vermont have some questioning the state's willingness to turn talk into action.
By 2020 in California and New York, power from a combination of rooftop solar panels and cheap batteries could be less expensive than electricity provided by utilities through the grid, according to a study from sustainability advocate the Rocky Mountain Institute, E&E reports.
NEW DELHI (AP) — For six years in a row, India's monopoly coal producer has missed its production targets, leading to chronic electricity shortages and sending power producers scrambling for pricier imports. But what looks like a looming crisis could turn out to be an almost accidental energy overhaul.
Like many developing nations, India has relied for decades on cheap coal to provide electricity for burgeoning industry and fast-expanding cities, putting aside worries about pollution and global warming.
But from three years ago when solar capacity was almost zero, the country has added 2.2 gigawatts of solar to its electricity grid, enough to power 20 million Indian homes. It plans another 2 GW this year, toward a total 15 GW addition by 2017. Individual states plan even more. India has also added about 26 GW in coal-fired capacity since 2011, but already plants are sitting idle for lack of cheap supply.
A bipartisan push to advance energy efficiency legislation in the Senate got new life on Thursday with the introduction of a revised bill that repeals a mandate for federal buildings to eliminate fossil fuel use by 2030.
An official with a key advocacy group said the change, along with nine others added to a previous version that stalled on the Senate floor last fall, will help the new bill by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Sen. Rob Portman get the 60 votes needed to advance past procedural hurdles.
A measure introduced in the Massachusetts legislature has lawmakers debating whether it's a good idea to count hydropower toward clean energy requirements being set for the state's utilities, The Boston Globe reports.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing on pending hydroelectric and water bills, including the Marine and Hydrokinetic Renewable Energy Act of 2013 and Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act. Energy and Interior department witnesses.
Plug Power Inc., which supplies fuel cells for electric forklifts, saw its shares soar Wednesday after announcing Wal-Mart will use more than 1,700 of the systems in its distribution centers, Bloomberg reports.
Oil continues to wash up on some Louisiana beaches four years after the Deepwater Horizon sinking sent oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico and a number of area residents remain angry and resentful despite BP paying out billions of dollars in compensation, Reuters reports.
Environmental Protection Administrator and Boston native Gina McCarthy and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will throw out the first pitches at the Red Sox game Tuesday, to mark Earth Day, The Hill reports.
A subsidiary of American Energy Partners, the company run by shale pioneer Aubrey McClendon, is renting seven rigs from his former firm Chesapeake Energy to drill for gas in the Utica Shale, Bloomberg reports.
The total U.S. rig count for the week remained at 1,831, according to oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc., which said that oil rigs declined while gas and miscellaneous rigs increased, Bloomberg reports.
Vermont Yankee owner Entergy has applied to scrap the 10-mile emergency planning zone around it, because of the nuclear plant's closing by year's end, raising concerns from citizen groups, The Recorder reports.
Critics complain that proposals to increase security of the nation’s power grid, drafted by the industry in the wake of an attack on a California substation last year, won’t do enough to stop anyone intent on sabotage, The Wall Street Journal reports.