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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pioneer Natural Resources is the second U.S. firm, after Enterprise Products, to begin exploring how to take advantage of the end of the U.S. oil export ban and could begin shipments by the middle of next year, The Hill reports.
Two competing initiatives designed to give Florida residents a constitutional right to rooftop solar energy are running out of time without enough signatures yet to make next November's ballot, the Naples Daily News reports.
SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive joined Sen. Charles E. Schumer in Buffalo this week to call the five-year extension of a federal tax subsidy "super important" to the continued growth of the solar power industry, The Buffalo News reports.
Continued concerns about oversupply forced oil prices downward early Wednesday, nearing an 11-year low already reached once this week. London Brent fell 31 cents to $37.05 a barrel while U.S. crude remained unchanged at $37.50, Reuters reports.
A group of researchers at MIT, the University of California-Berkeley, and the University of Colorado have developed a new computer microchip that uses optical technology and creates the potential to make future computer data centers more energy efficient, the journal Science reports.
A Japanese court on Thursday rejected safety concerns and approved letting Kansai Electric Power, the country's second biggest utility, restart four nuclear reactors shuttered since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, Reuters reports.