In order to get the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to close out an investigation into two of its vehicles being destroyed by fire, Tesla Motors is beefing up the shielding around the lithium-ion battery packs in the Model S, The New York Times reports.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. subsidiary of Swedish furniture retailer IKEA announced Thursday that it is buying a long-planned wind-energy project in eastern Illinois as part of the company's initiative to offset its energy use with renewable energy generation.
And IKEA insists the project, which has not yet been built, is more than public relations. The company believes that, long term, wind energy will help the company's bottom line, Chief Financial Officer Rob Olson said.
But right now wind power is a struggling business. Cheap natural gas and the end of a federal tax break for wind-power producers have left wind generation unprofitable.
Pennsylvania has teamed up with Kentucky and some businesses and organizations to create a fund -- called the Warehouse for Energy Efficiency Loans, or WHEEL -- that will offer loans for energy efficiency home improvements, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Utilities and clean energy advocates are speaking out against a bill in the Massachusetts legislature that would require proposals for 2,400 megawatts of new generation from clean energy sources, worrying that it would lock the state into long-term, expensive contracts for Canadian hydropower, E&E reports.
After the Maine Supreme Court ruled against a joint venture between First Wind and Canadian firm Emera Inc., the state's Department of Environmental protection has asked the wind developer for fresh guarantees that it can fund the projects it has started, the Portland Press Herald reports.
HONOLULU (AP) — A team led by Hawaiian Electric has won a $500,000 federal grant to develop ways for utilities to manage increased amounts of solar power and other renewable energy on their electric grids.
The team includes the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and several companies, like Siemens and Alstom which are both leading providers of energy management systems. Honolulu-based Referentia Systems is providing secure information technology and data analytic capabilities.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive arm is curbing subsidies for renewable energies to help drive electricity prices down.
The European Commission on Wednesday laid out stricter rules on the extent to which the bloc's 28 member states may support the generation of power from renewable sources such as solar, wind or biomass.
It says production costs for renewable energies have significantly fallen over the past years and the generous subsidies for them "caused serious market distortions and increasing costs to consumers."
U.S. Navy scientists believe they have worked out the technology of turning seawater into fuel, by breaking the water down into hydrogen and carbon dioxide and then processing the elements using a catalytic converter, now they face the challenge of producing industrial quantities of the fuel, the International Business Times 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.