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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More than 3,000 wells across the country have been drilled but not tapped, as companies like Apache Corp. and EOG Resources Inc. wait for the prices of crude to rise before pulling it out of the ground, Bloomberg reports.
The slide in crude prices was continuing to affect drilling rigs this week, with the U.S. oil rig count falling 64 to 922 and the total oil and gas count standing at 1,192, around 38 percent less than in September, FuelFix reports.
When asked about the views of Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview for the HBO Series "Vice" that refusing to acknowledge human impact on climate change is a “close to mindless” stance akin to “denying gravity,” The Hill reports.
Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., says he’s “fighting” to protect children from “being pumped full of chemicals” as he negotiates new chemical safety legislation with Sen. David Vitter, R-La., but critics question the donations and support he has received from the industry, The New York Times reports.
At a hearing Thursday, State Sen. Isadore Hall told Brian Ablett -- manager of Exxon Mobil's Torrance refinery -- that lawmakers would hold the company “accountable” for last month’s explosion at the facility, which Ablett said was caused by pressure in an emission control device, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Daniel Poneman, who used to hold the number-two position at the Energy Department, will become president and CEO of uranium enrichment company Centrus Energy, formerly the U.S. Enrichment Corp., E&E reports.
Energy companies whose collateral has shrunk as a result of the oil price slide are using different methods to deal with their debt: Some are refinancing with leveraged loans, others are selling bonds or stock or assets, Reuters reports.
Matt Lepore, the head of Colorado’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, told a forum this week that he’d like to see some action this year on recommendations from a task force about ways to handle oil and gas drilling, The Daily Sentinel reports.