BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water and biomass.
With little fanfare, the Burlington Electric Department crossed the threshold this month with the purchase of the 7.4-megawatt Winooski 1 hydroelectric project on the Winooski River at the city's edge.
When it did, Burlington joined the Washington Electric Co-operative, which has about 11,000 customers across central and northern Vermont, which reached 100 percent earlier this year.
Renew Missouri is suing the state Public Service Commission over Empire District Electric Co.’s stance that it is exempt from solar provisions in the state’s renewable energy standard, and arguments are to be heard before the Missouri Supreme Court in the case Sept. 18, E&E reports.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. is wading back into the debate over energy tax breaks, a controversial thicket that pits renewable energy and biofuels advocates -- and President Barack Obama -- against conservatives and the oil lobby.
Wyden, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, said Thursday he will use a hearing next week to press for ways that comprehensive tax reform could level the incentives for renewables and fossil fuels.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The first two bills designed to seal a deal to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory to Nevada sailed through the Assembly unanimously Thursday as one lawmaker called the project the biggest thing to hit the state since the Hoover Dam.
After just two minutes of debate, the Assembly voted 39-0 and sent to the Senate a bill that would help finance Tesla's tax breaks by ending a $125 million subsidy to insurance companies that locate their home offices in Nevada.
On another 39-0 vote about eight minutes later, they approved discounted electricity rates for the electric-car maker's "gigafactory" expected to help create more than 20,000 jobs and inject up to $100 billion into the state's economy over the next 20 years.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Critics say Nevada lawmakers are gambling with taxpayers' money, but they clearly were in the minority Wednesday night as legislators moved forward with an unprecedented package of up to $1.3 billion in incentives they hope to approve in the days ahead to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory to the state.
Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval urged legislators in the two Democrat-controlled houses to seize an "extraordinary opportunity" to land the electric car maker's "gigafactory" and the tens of thousands of jobs he said would help pull Nevada from the worst economic crisis in state history.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Opposition emerged Wednesday as Nevada lawmakers began negotiating over whether to approve a complex package of up to $1.3 billion in incentives for Tesla Motors in a special session ordered by Gov. Brian Sandoval to seal the deal to bring the electric car-maker's $5 billion battery factory to the state.
The Republican governor urged legislators in the two Democrat-controlled houses to seize an "extraordinary opportunity" to land the $5 billion "gigafactory" and tens of thousands of jobs he says would help pull Nevada from its worst economic crisis in state history.
As Chevron continues to shed its renewable portfolio, it has sold off the Hawaii office of Chevron Energy Solutions to Opterra Energy Services, owned by Oaktree Capital Management LP, Pacific Business News reports.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Gov. Brian Sandoval has ordered the Nevada Legislature into a special session to consider $1.3 billion in tax breaks and other incentives for electric car-maker Tesla Motors as part of "an extraordinary opportunity" to seal the deal for its $5 billion battery factory and tens of thousands of jobs he says are needed to recover from the worst economic crisis in state history.
Majority Democrats in the Senate and Assembly intended to open the session Wednesday to begin work on the package the Republican governor says would help further diversify Nevada's hard-hit, tourism-based economy through new and innovative technology.
More research is beginning to appear that suggests ways in which the fight against climate change -- even including the imposition of a carbon tax -- could boost economic growth, The New York Times reports.
The owners of the Ivanpah solar project in the Mojave Desert -- including NRG Energy, Google and BrightSource Energy -- have applied for Treasury Department grants even as they have delayed paying back millions borrowed through Energy Department loans, according to documents tracked by The Wall Street Journal.
Ample crude supplies were continuing to outweigh concerns about tensions in the Middle East Tuesday. U.S. benchmark crude for November delivery gained 69 cents to settle at $91.56 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude dropped 12 cents to close at $96.85, Reuters reports.
Buckeye Partners appears to be on schedule to start moving Canadian oil sands crude to its rebuilt terminal in Perth Amboy in the third quarter, FuelFix reports, noting that the rail shipments will need to go through New York state but the exact route is so far unclear.
The spending bill signed by President Obama last week covers additional costs at the beleaguered Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico, while other energy measures approved by lawmakers before they left Capitol Hill to concentrate on the November elections include language pushed by Energy Committee chair Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., that would strengthen energy ties with Israel, Roll Call reports.
Democrat Michelle Nunn, running for a Senate seat in Georgia against Republican businessman David Perdue, would back sound environmental policies, the League of Conservation Voters said in an endorsement for her candidacy despite her support for the Keystone XL pipeline, The Hill reports.
The Cook Political Report predicts that the 2014 midterm elections may see more ads about energy and environmental issues than ever before, in part because of the money and focus from activist Tom Steyer and in part because energy concerns play a key role in important races, according to Time.
There’s “tremendous potential” in the idea of generating energy from garbage, both in converting waste to ethanol or synthetic gas but also in generating oil products from plastic, an official from the American Chemistry Council told Fox News.
Just over a year since he took over as Siemens CEO, Joe Kaeser is focusing the company more intensively on energy, the latest step being the acquisition of Texas oil equipment maker Dresser-Rand, The Wall Street Journal reports.