PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Utility giant National Grid is partnering with a company that specializes in underwater cable projects in an alliance seeking to build a 300-mile cable to bring Canadian hydropower and Maine wind power to Greater Boston to help meet the energy needs of power-hungry southern New England, the companies announced Tuesday.
National Grid brings greater clout to the project of the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance, which includes Massachusetts-based Anbaric Transmission. Their Maine Green Line is among several projects across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont that are being proposed to help lower energy costs while allowing states to meet their green energy goals, officials said.
Setting aggressive goals, like requiring 40 percent of the state’s electricity supply to come from renewable sources, was one reason the Pew Charitable Trusts picked Maine as one of eight states to highlight in writing about its “Clean Economy Rising” initiative, the Bangor Daily News reports.
Duke Energy says its subsidiary Duke Energy Progress has gotten approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission for its plans to build three solar projects that would generate 128 megawatts of electricity, Platts reports.
CONCORD, Massachusetts (AP) — Henry David Thoreau famously wrote of "the sunshine of a winter's day," and now the simple place that inspired him the most is going solar.
Officials are breaking ground on a new visitor's center at Walden Pond State Reservation, and the $8 million complex will feature two decidedly high-tech touches: a solar canopy and a pair of electric vehicle charging stations.
Startup QuantumScape Corp. -– believed to be working on solid-state battery technology -- has caught the attention of Volkswagen AG, which has bought a stake in the company, people familiar with the deal have told Bloomberg, which reports that the German automaker is likely trying to get a competitive edge over Tesla.
As the wind industry and allied senators called for the Senate to insist on its two-year tax breaks extension bill, prospects for the effort were dwindling, according to a key architect.
After the House passed a one-year bill that extends about 50 expired breaks -- including the wind Production Tax Credit -- only through this year, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., told reporters that the legislative options to get a pending two-year bill through the Senate were limited.
"I continue to talk to senators about a bipartisan bill," Wyden said, "and I will tell you it is hard to see how you get over the procedure (issues) to bring it up."
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's prime minister says his government is terminating the lease of a major state-owned hydro power plant to Italian energy company Enel.
Robert Fico said Thursday that Enel had breached a contract signed in 2006. He has blamed Enel for not providing sufficient information about profits generated by the 720-megawatt Gabcikovo plant located on the Danube river and a lack of a plan for its maintenance.
Federal agencies would have to assess the impact projects would have on climate change as part of their reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act, under draft guidelines the White House released Thursday, National Journal reports.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah and the next chairman of the House Oversight Committee, says Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., will head up a new subcommittee charged with monitoring Obama administration environment and energy policies, The Hill reports.
In the Texas legislature, Rep. Phil King has introduced measures that would require local fracking bans to get approval from the state Attorney General, with communities having to bankroll impact studies and reimburse lost tax revenue, FuelFix reports.
The slump in oil prices resumed Thursday, with analysts predicting they could go even lower. U.S. benchmark crude for January delivery dropped $2.36 to settle at $54.11 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London February Brent was back under $60, finishing $1.91 down at $59.27, Reuters reports.
Shell’s decision on whether to proceed with Arctic drilling, expected sometime between now and March, will likely be made more on the basis of court rulings and government reviews rather than oil prices, officials have told Platts.
The National Hockey League has a big climate change goal for its current season: To work with Constellation, an energy services firm, to cut carbon emissions and offset the rest in order to achieve carbon neutrality, National Journal reports.
Bhavesh V. “Bob” Patel – a vice president in LyondellBasell’s international manufacturing operations, will take over as chief executive officer of the chemical company when James Gallogly retires on Jan. 12, FuelFix reports.
Jon Carson, ex-Obama campaign strategist, will be helping SolarCity to find creative ways of persuading people to put solar panels on their roofs, instead of relying on traditional advertising, The Washington Post reports.