SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country.
The six cities, two counties and two water agencies have gone in together to buy 90 electric vehicles with the help of a $2.8 million grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, a regional transportation agency, officials with the Bay Area Climate Collaborative said on Tuesday. Some of the vehicles will be on display at a news conference on Tuesday.
The vehicles will save more than $500,000 in fuel costs and about 2 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over five years, Bay Area Climate Collaborative Executive Director Rafael Reyes said.
GENEVA (AP) — Diplomats from the United States, China and the European Union began talks Tuesday with 11 other countries toward a deal that would cut tariffs on almost $1 trillion of environmental goods.
The proposed agreement at the World Trade Organization would cover 86 percent of trade in goods such as solar panels and wind turbines for producing energy, filters for wastewater treatment and catalytic converters for air pollution control. U.S. exports of environmental goods reached $106 billion last year, and have grown 8 percent a year since 2009.
The negotiations also include Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland, and Chinese Taipei. They are meant to build on a list of 54 environmental goods put together by members of APEC — the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation for Pacific Rim economies — for which the governments hope to reduce tariffs to five percent or less by the end of 2015.
BEIJING (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Chinese youth on Tuesday to help protect the environment and conserve energy, telling a group of elite university students that sustainability does not have to come at the cost of economic growth and can ensure a better world.
In a speech at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China's top universities, Merkel said it does not make sense to separate economic performance, environmental protection and social responsibility.
"Sustainable development does not sacrifice economic growth. This is a misunderstanding. Sustainable development gives us a new opportunity to create wealth," Merkel said at the end of a three-day visit to China, where she helped open an urbanization forum, met with Chinese leaders and promoted German enterprises.
Tesla Motors plans to study the remains of a stolen Model S sedan that split in half and caught fire after several collisions to determine any mechanical issues with the electric vehicle, Bloomberg reports.
The Interior Department will make available 80,000 acres in waters off Maryland for wind power development, in its latest action by the Obama administration to spur development of Atlantic Ocean offshore wind farms.
The department said Wednesday the Aug. 19 competitive lease sale has so far attracted interest from 16 companies. It first proposed the sale in December.
HELSINKI (AP) — Norwegian energy companies Statoil and Statkraft have announced plans to build a wind farm off the British coast in a 15 billion kroner ($2.4 billion) investment, expected to be completed in 2017.
Statoil, the operator of the Dudgeon offshore project, says construction of the 67 turbines will begin in 2016. With a total generation capacity of 402 MW, they will provide energy for some 410,000 households.
Delmarva Power’s surcharge on customers for using electricity from a fuel-cell project is being challenged in court, with the plaintiff claiming that Bloom Energy servers being used for it are consuming more natural gas than regulators permit, Gannett’s The News Journal reports.
In an abrupt move, Scott O’Malia, a Republican on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, has tendered his resignation to President Obama effective Aug. 8, after spending more than four years as a CFTC regulator, Platts reports.
The replacement for the departing Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe at EPA could come from the ranks of the agency’s regional administrators, according to E&E, with enforcement chief Cynthia Giles another possibility.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz was talking about infrastructure challenges in the age of drilling in the Bakken and Marcellus Shale, while he was being questioned about the role of renewable and sustainable energy over the long term, during a session at Carnegie Mellon University Monday that was linked to the Obama administration's Quadrennial Energy Review, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Apache should stick to drilling in the U.S. and sell off its international operations, as it’s lagging behind companies that operate exclusively in American shale, according to a letter sent Monday by activist investor and hedge fund Jana Partners LLC, which owns at least a billion dollar stake in the company, The Wall Street Journal reports.
An experiment in carbon capture technology at a Saskatchewan power plant will have to be replicated many times if the fight to rein in greenhouse gas emissions is to gain any traction, The New York Times reports.
An analysis by the group Media Matters found more air time on Sunday talk shows was devoted to climate change issues during the first half of this year than in the last four combined, The Hill reports.
Conservationdrones.org is working to boost the use of the small unmanned craft for conservation purposes around the world, from monitoring illegal fishing in Belize to keeping track of seabird populations in Australia to studying caribou in Greenland, The New York Times reports.