Renewable Energy

Big advance in lithium battery design reported at Stanford


A new protective coating for the anode on a lithium battery – a nanosphere wall made from carbon – could possibly boost the range of an electric car to 300 miles, a development Stanford University researchers published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, E&E reports.

2nd round of bidding to come in Mass. solar REC auction


Offers outnumbered bids in the first round of the Massachusetts auction of solar renewable energy certificates this year, so the results were scrapped, the terms will be changed and a second round of bidding will be held, Platts reports.

Hawaiian test for adding wave energy to grid

The Associated Press

Northwest Energy Innovations is to start testing a prototype in September in Oahu, of a device which will harvest up to 20 kilowatts from wave energy and add it to the grid, the first time that will have been done in the U.S., The Associated Press reports, citing a story in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

NRG Yield’s $400M buy of Alta Wind to be financed with bonds


$400 million in green bonds will be sold by NRG Yield to pay for North America’s biggest wind farm, Alta Wind in California, which has a capacity of 947 megawatts, Bloomberg reports.

House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing on pending geothermal, renewables bills

Washington, July 29, 2014, 10:00 am

House Natural Resources Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee hearing on pending bills: Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act of 2013, Exploring for Geothermal Energy on Federal Lands Act and the Geothermal Production Expansion Act of 2013. BLM Assistant Director for Minerals and Realty Management Michael Nedd to speak. 

California utilities rank high for renewables, efficiency: Ceres


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

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

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

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

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.


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