Renewable Energy

Electric vehicles best for emissions, study finds

Los Angeles Times

A study released by the Union of Concerned Scientists finds that an electric vehicle generates emissions equivalent to a gasoline-powered car that gets 87 miles per gallon, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Apple to open retail store in Singapore powered only by sun

SINGAPORE (AP) — Apple will open its first retail store in Singapore, which will also be Southeast Asia's first to be powered solely by solar energy, officials said Monday.

Solar energy developer Sunseap Group said in a statement that it will provide the store with renewable energy by harnessing its systems set up across 800 of the city's rooftops from January next year.

Nevada regulators hear net metering arguments this week

Las Vegas Review-Journal

The Nevada Public Utilities Commission has scheduled three days of hearings beginning Wednesday to examine the net metering tariff proposed by NV Energy’s Nevada Power, an idea opposed by the rooftop solar industry, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Renovate America: More than $1B in loans for efficiency

Los Angeles Times

The clean energy firm Renovate America has loaned more than $1 billion to homeowners for energy and water efficiency improvements, the Los Angeles Times reports.


Moniz declares 'clean energy revolution' ahead of Paris meetings

The Obama administration's top energy official declared Friday that the “clean energy revolution” has arrived, as he unveiled a new report showing that renewable energy capacity is rising, costs are declining and market penetration is increasing.

The “Revolution...Now” report, made public by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, details strong growth in utility-scale solar and wind projects, distributed solar generation, electric vehicle expansion, and the use of light-emitting diodes. He said it painted a clear picture of the role clean energy would play in carbon reduction efforts.

“We are advancing the theme that energy technology innovation, and the resultant, continued cost reductions of clean energy technologies are ultimately key to meeting our challenges in climate change,” Moniz said in remarks at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “We are experiencing a clean energy revolution in the United States, and this report confirms it.”

New Pattern wind farm dedicated in Texas


The 200-megawatt Logan’s Gap Wind farm in Texas was inaugurated by Pattern Energy Thursday, FuelFix reports.

Massachusetts offshore wind farm could have 100 turbines

The Boston Globe

Despite the failure of Cape Wind, Denmark’s DONG Energy A/S is moving ahead with plans for Bay State Wind, a wind farm south of Martha’s Vineyard that it hopes will generate up to 1,000 megawatts of electricity, The Boston Globe reports.

More conservation areas outlined in final BLM desert plan

The Desert Sun

The final Bureau of Land Management Desert Renewable Energy Conservation plan for California, made public Tuesday, designates several additional conservation zones which will be closed to energy development, The Desert Sun reports.

Utah tech firm using DOE grant to develop greater solar efficiency

Deseret News

Utah’s Ceramatec, in partnership with Georgia Tech, – is using a $2.4 million Energy Department grant to develop a modular heat engine power block that aims to increase the efficiency of existing solar plants to 50 percent, the Deseret News reports.

Nebraska county imposes noise limits on wind turbines

1011 News

Wind turbines would have a 40 decibel noise limit during the day, dropping to 37 decibels at night, under a measure adopted Tuesday by the Lancaster County Board in Nebraska that may jeopardize plans by Volkswind to build a wind farm with more than four dozen turbines in the area, 1011 News reports


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