A study released by the Union of Concerned Scientists finds that an electric vehicle generates emissions equivalent to a gasoline-powered car that gets 87 miles per gallon, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The Nevada Public Utilities Commission has scheduled three days of hearings beginning Wednesday to examine the net metering tariff proposed by NV Energy’s Nevada Power, an idea opposed by the rooftop solar industry, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
The Obama administration's top energy official declared Friday that the “clean energy revolution” has arrived, as he unveiled a new report showing that renewable energy capacity is rising, costs are declining and market penetration is increasing.
The “Revolution...Now” report, made public by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, details strong growth in utility-scale solar and wind projects, distributed solar generation, electric vehicle expansion, and the use of light-emitting diodes. He said it painted a clear picture of the role clean energy would play in carbon reduction efforts.
“We are advancing the theme that energy technology innovation, and the resultant, continued cost reductions of clean energy technologies are ultimately key to meeting our challenges in climate change,” Moniz said in remarks at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “We are experiencing a clean energy revolution in the United States, and this report confirms it.”
Despite the failure of Cape Wind, Denmark’s DONG Energy A/S is moving ahead with plans for Bay State Wind, a wind farm south of Martha’s Vineyard that it hopes will generate up to 1,000 megawatts of electricity, The Boston Globe reports.
The final Bureau of Land Management Desert Renewable Energy Conservation plan for California, made public Tuesday, designates several additional conservation zones which will be closed to energy development, The Desert Sun reports.
Utah’s Ceramatec, in partnership with Georgia Tech, – is using a $2.4 million Energy Department grant to develop a modular heat engine power block that aims to increase the efficiency of existing solar plants to 50 percent, the Deseret News reports.
Wind turbines would have a 40 decibel noise limit during the day, dropping to 37 decibels at night, under a measure adopted Tuesday by the Lancaster County Board in Nebraska that may jeopardize plans by Volkswind to build a wind farm with more than four dozen turbines in the area, 1011 News reports
The stocks of U.S. petroleum products increased last week, the Energy Information Administration reported, although the million barrel rise in crude stocks was less than analysts’ expected, while the jump in gasoline stocks exceeded predictions, according to Reuters.
Earthjustice filed court papers Tuesday on behalf of several environmental and health groups seeking to intervene to defend the Environmental Protection Agency’s lower ozone limits from a lawsuit brought by coal company Murray Energy, The Hill reports.
State Department climate envoy Todd Stern told a news conference that he’s thinking about the upside, not the downside, heading into a critical global conference on climate change policy that starts Monday, National Journal reports.
The plan for coal producer Walter Energy to emerge from bankruptcy is being fought by unions and the firm’s retired workers in Alabama, but a court Tuesday approved the company’s move to auction off assets, Reuters reports.
Acting to lower its credit rating for Pemex, Moody’s Investors Service pointed to the firm’s increasing debt and declining earnings, although Mexico’s national oil company responded by saying the move brings the agency in line with other ratings firms, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The White House and the billionaire conservative Koch brothers have been allies recently in moves to liberalize the nation’s criminal justice laws, but they are disagreeing over one measure that would require proof of suspects knowingly engaging in unlawful conduct, The New York Times reports, noting that such a move is alarming environmentalists.
According to a report released this week by the U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, weather-related disasters have caused more than 600,000 deaths and trillions of dollars in damages over the past 20 years, The New York Times reports.
A market-based approach for cutting vehicles’ greenhouse gas emissions—which could include mileage-based driver fees or emissions trading—is the goal as Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the District of Columbia announced an agreement to work together on the issue, Reuters reports.