Renewable Energy

Measure to speed California solar permits heads to Brown


The California Senate approved and sent to Governor Jerry Brown a bill to streamline the solar permit process, intended to make it easier and quicker for homeowners to get solar power installations up and running, according to

Finger pointing over delays in LA solar hook-ups

Los Angeles Times

A burdensome approval process and delays in the city’s Department of Water and Power in getting customers hooked up to the grid is putting a damper on solar power installations in L.A., the Los Angeles Times reports.

California lawmakers mulling clean vehicle push


A measure aimed at getting a million more zero-emissions vehicles – powered by electricity and hydrogen fuel cells – out on the road is moving through the California legislature this month, E&E reports.

Bird death reports at solar project inflated: NRG


Estimates of a bird burning to death every two minutes at the Ivanpah solar project are inflated, according to a spokesman for NRG Energy, which operates the facility built by BrightSource Energy and says 321 birds died there in the first half of the year, Bloomberg reports.

Alabama wind plans dropped due to strict regs


New Alabama regulations affecting the wind industry led Pioneer Green Energy to scrap plans for two wind farms in the state, a company lawyer told

Non-profit group seeks clean energy in Alabama


The Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy is working toward a net zero energy goal in Huntsville by 2025 and across the state by 2035, according to CEO Daniel Tait, reports.

Longer term wind power growth uncertain


Wind energy is expected to grow in the U.S. over the next two years, but the expiration of the wind Production Tax Credit has cast doubt on the future beyond 2015 despite declines in cost and prices, says the Department of Energy’s annual report on the sector, according to Platts.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Maryland offshore wind auction nets $8.7m from US Wind

The Interior Department said a subsidiary of Italian company Toto Holding on Tuesday won an offshore wind lease auction for a nearly 80,000-acre area off Maryland with a bid of more than $8.7 million.

The provisional winning bid by US Wind Inc. was more than the combined high bids from the department's two previous Atlantic offshore wind lease sales, which pulled in a total of about $5.4 million.

Court orders NJ to reconsider wind farm

The Record

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has to look again at the wind farm proposed by Fishermen’s Energy that it rejected in March, in part because of a $47 million grant the Department of Energy awarded to the project in May, according to a ruling from a state appeals court, The Record reports.

Solar panel shortage looming


The rising pace of solar installations is set to create a shortage of solar panels, after a two-year glut that forced a number of manufacturers into bankruptcy, Bloomberg reports.


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