Renewable Energy

Low gas prices, incentives change math for electric cars

DETROIT (AP) — Drivers trying to calculate whether it's practical to own an electric car are facing a new math.

U.S. gas prices have fallen more than $1 per gallon over the last 12 months, to a national average of $2.06, according to AAA. That makes electric cars — with their higher prices tags — a tougher sell.

Texas power 10 percent wind in 2014, says ERCOT

Source: 
FuelFix

For the first time ever, more than 10 percent of the power generated in Texas in 2014 came from wind, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, FuelFix reports.

Centerbridge Partners picks up Senvion from turbine maker Suzlon

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Private equity fund Centerbridge Partners LP is buying a German unit – Senvion SE – from Indian turbine maker Suzlon Energy for more than $1.1 billion, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Bankruptcy filing for Md. solar firm founder

Source: 
Baltimore Sun

Paul Witteman, founder of Greenspring Energy in Maryland, has filed for bankruptcy claiming more than $4 million in debts and angering former customers, to whom he owes money, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Amazon data centers to be run on wind power

Source: 
The Seattle Times

A wind farm in Indiana that Amazon will be developing alongside partner Pattern Energy Group should generate 500,000 megawatt hours of electricity annually, which will be used to power the company’s Web Services data centers, The Seattle Times reports.

Toyota remains top in global vehicle sales, pushes green credentials

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. stayed at the top in global vehicle sales in 2014, taking that auto industry crown for the third year straight, but was less upbeat about this year.

The Japanese automaker sold 10.23 million vehicles, beating out Volkswagen and General Motors. But it expects to sell fewer trucks and cars this year, forecasting sales will fall 1 percent year-on-year to 10.15 million vehicles, according to numbers released Wednesday.

Islands in Maine, Denmark in renewable energy vanguard

Source: 
The New York Times

Islands, which are often reliant on expensive imported fuel sources for their electricity, are looking to innovate with renewable energy to solve their power problems, and some Maine residents recently visited Denmark to visit an offshore wind farm and see what ideas their counterparts have come up with across the Atlantic, The New York Times reports.

Solar jobs soaring, says report

Source: 
Bloomberg

The latest job census from the Solar Foundation says 174,000 people were working in the solar industry at the end of 2014, an increase of 31,000, or 22 percent, from the year before, and the group says hiring should jump even more this year, Bloomberg reports.

Clean Line gets OK from Tennessee regulators

Source: 
Chatanooga Times Free Press

The Tennessee Regulatory Authority has granted approval to extend a transmission line to bring Oklahoma wind power as far as Memphis, Clean Line Energy Partners told the Chattanooga Times Free Press, adding that the project, among other things, still needs an approval from the Department of Energy for joint work with the Southwestern Power Administration.

Wind energy beats drilling offshore in Atlantic: Oceana

Source: 
Daily Press

Offshore wind energy in the Atlantic offers the potential to generate twice as much energy and twice as many jobs as offshore drilling, says a report from the conservation group Oceana, according to the Daily Press in Virginia.

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