Language in a defense appropriations measure introduced last August by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., was one obstacle cited by a subsidiary of Pioneer Green Energy as it announced it was putting plans on hold for a wind farm in the Chesapeake Bay area, The Delmarva Daily Times reports.
Driven by strong renewable policies and new projects coming online, California has become the first state to exceed 5 percent electric generation from utility-grade solar projects and now produces more solar energy than all other states combined, according to the federal government’s energy statistics agency.
According to Energy Information Agency data released Tuesday in its Electric Power Monthly report, California's utility-grade solar generated 9.9 million megawatt hours of electricity in 2014, up from 3.8 megawatt hours in the previous year.
Some officials in and around Palm Springs are concerned that conservation areas mapped out in the comprehensive renewable energy plan for the region may create obstacles to wind projects in their communities, The Desert Sun reports.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Flying over the Sierra Nevada as California entered its fourth year of drought, the state's energy chief looked down and saw stark bare granite cloaked in dirty brown haze — not the usual pristine white peaks heaped with snow that would run the state's hydroelectric dams for the year.
Spring is arriving with the Pacific Northwest measuring near record-low-snowfall, and much of the rest of the West below average. But what California is experiencing is historically low snowpack — a meager accumulation that has serious implications not only for the state but potentially for the entire West if the drought not just of water, but of snow, persists.
DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Motors is updating its Model S electric car to help ease drivers' worries about running out of battery charge — and is hinting that in the future drivers can take their hands off the wheel altogether.
Tesla's latest update — which will be beamed to owners automatically in about 10 days — will map out the best route to a driver's destination based on the location of charging stations and will guide the car to available spots to charge.
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A solar-powered plane landed in Myanmar on Thursday night, the fourth country on a round-the-world trip aimed at highlighting clean energy.
Dozens of trees had to be cleared ahead of the Solar Impulse 2's arrival at the Mandalay International Airport for its giant mobile hangar and exhibition tent, said Taik Aung, the country's director of air navigation and safety division. Towering shrubs along the runway also needed to be trimmed to accommodate the plane's 72-meter wing span, said Corinne Henchoz Pignani, of the Swiss Embassy in Yangon.
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have announced plans to boost the number of electric, hybrid and other alternative fuel-powered vehicles used for public transportation, while sales of such cars for private use have spiked in recent months.
The Transport Ministry announced Wednesday that officials aimed to add 200,000 buses and 100,000 taxis powered by alternative fuels by 2020. Last year, the country added 15,000 alternative fuel-powered buses to its roads.
The rebound in oil prices following Wednesday’s slump was wiped out late Thursday by news of a jump in the number of rigs drilling for oil in the U.S. Light, sweet crude for August delivery settled down 3 cents to $56.93 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent finished up 6 cents to $62.07, Dow Jones reports.
The Grain Belt Express, a $2.2 billion transmission line proposed by Clean Line Energy to bring wind power from Kansas to points east, through Missouri, has been rejected by the Missouri Public Service Commission, The Kansas City Star reports.
A $15,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to fund research into cutting particulate emissions from barbecues has attracted criticism from Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who declared his constituents “should be able to grill in peace,” The Hill reports.
The U.S. role in Copenhagen climate talks in 2009, and media coverage of it, had Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s attention, judging from the emails released by the State Department this week, E&E reports.
After last month’s pipeline leak near Santa Barbara, Calif., the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is proposing a requirement that operators notify regulators within an hour of any problem, The Hill reports.