Renewable Energy

Nevada PUC move to slash solar payments reflection of wider battles


The decision Tuesday by the Nevada Public Utilities Commission to cut incentives to homeowners installing solar panels was part of a showdown between companies owned by Warren Buffet and Elon Musk, but also a fight between Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and the Koch Brothers, Politico reports.

ERCOT sees more wind power marks set in Texas


The Electric Reliability Council of Texas says on Sunday morning wind generated 13,883 megawatts of power, representing more than 41 percent of its system load. It was the fourth record set in four months, Platts reports.

A state-by-state look at renewable energy requirements

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have requirements that utilities get a certain amount of their electricity from renewable sources. Nine additional states have goals for renewable energy, while a dozen others have no targets.

Here is a state-by-state look at renewable energy policies:

Renewable energy efforts stymied by transmission roadblocks

MOBERLY, Mo. (AP) — Mike McKeown opens the back door of his Missouri farm house and is met with a chilly gust. "Stupid wind," he mutters.

Today, the winds that blow through his corn and soybean farm have become more than just an irritant. The homestead in northern Missouri, which his family has owned for nearly 70 years, sits smack in the path of a proposed high-voltage line that would carry renewable energy from the wind-whipped plains of western Kansas to power-thirsty cities farther east. And McKeown doesn't like that.

Michigan to get 45MW of new solar capacity from DTE projects


DTE Energy is building what it says will be the largest solar farm in Michigan, generating 30 megawatts of capacity, while a second facility it is building will generate 15 megawatts. Both projects are in Lapeer, MLive reports.

U.S. wind capacity to 70 gigawatts: AWEA

The Hill

With more than 50,000 turbines operating in the U.S., the country hit 70 gigawatts of wind power capacity in November, according to the American Wind Energy Association, which noted that the last big milestone—60 gigawatts—was reached in 2012, The Hill reports.

Renewable backers hope for boost from deal with AEP Ohio

The Athens News

An agreement between AEP Ohio and the Sierra Club filed with the state Public Utilities Commission last week that calls for a commitment to renewable energy should see a sizeable jump in renewable facilities that could also boost manufacturing, The Athens News reports.

Australia: Backers hope big solar farm gives the sector a push


Broken Hill, once a key part of Australia’s mining boom, is now home to a huge solar farm run by AGL Energy Ltd. and First Solar Inc., a project they hope will galvanize growth in the industry, Bloomberg reports.

Leasing offers boost to wind power as it has for solar

The New York Times

The 2013 New York startup United Wind is following the solar model, installing and operating turbines at little cost for customers who sign long-term leases giving them lower electricity prices, The New York Times reports.

Nevada governor signs $335M deal to lure electric carmaker

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval approved a $335 million incentive package to attract upstart electric carmaker Faraday Future's billion-dollar factory to a hard-hit Las Vegas suburb, even though the company has yet to unveil a concept car or bring a product to market.

The move came shortly after the Legislature voted overwhelmingly to support the deal Saturday, after a four-day special session in Carson City. Lawmakers learned last week that Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting was backing the secretive California-based company, which employs some former Tesla Motors executives, and that Faraday plans to bring 4,500 direct jobs to Nevada.


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