Harvard scientists have found a way to turn solar energy into liquid fuel, by generating hydrogen from photovoltaic cells and then converting that to isopropanol with the use of bacteria, according to research they’ve published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Time reports.
DETROIT (AP) — An electric car with a 200-mile range and a price tag of $37,500 will be built at a General Motors factory north of Detroit, the company announced Thursday.
The small hatchback will be based on the Chevrolet Bolt concept car shown at the Detroit auto show last month. GM has said it would be built starting in 2017. The price does not include a $7,500 federal tax credit.
Farmers and small business owners in rural areas are eligible to apply for grants to set up renewable energy systems or improve their energy efficiency, says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, promoting a $280 million plan being administered by the Rural Energy for America program, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports.
Tesla is planning to enter the energy storage market with a battery for use in homes and businesses, to store energy generated by solar panels, CEO Elon Musk said in a conference call with investors Wednesday, Bloomberg reports.
DETROIT (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors says its fourth-quarter net loss widened to $107.6 million because of the impact of the strong dollar and a delay in shipments of its new all-wheel-drive Model S sedan.
The loss, of 86 cents per share, compared to a loss of $16.3 million, or 13 cents per share, in the October-December period a year ago.
Google says it is buying Altamont, one of the country’s oldest wind farms – with plans to update it – and has signed a 20-year power purchase deal with NextEra Energy, the San Jose Mercury news reports.
Proposals by Scandia Wind to build a large-scale offshore project in Lake Michigan were shelved after meeting with substantial local opposition, but those who back the idea of offshore wind are hoping technological advances and people becoming accustomed to land-based wind projects will help revive the idea in the future, MLive.com reports.
Following legislation last year setting targets for utilities’ solar generation, Duke Energy and South Carolina Electric & Gas have filed plans with the state’s Public Service Commission to add 111 megawatts of solar capacity, in part through solar farms and also by encouraging their customers to generate it or join community solar projects, The Charlotte Observer reports.
Several Republican candidates who’ve voted to end ethanol subsidies and oppose the renewable fuel standard are set to speak to an agriculture industry gathering in Iowa this weekend, risking a backlash from America’s Renewable Future, the group that is promoting ethanol interests in the 2016 presidential campaign, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general has issued a report questioning EPA’s decision to use Title 42 authority to pay 23 employees salaries above the normal cap of $201,700 a year, The Hill reports.
House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop, R-Utah, is slamming the Interior Department’s “same old, same old” $13.2 billion budget request while ranking member Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., praised the agency for bringing in more money than it spends through its energy leasing policies, The Hill reports.
Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., told a hearing Thursday on the Torrance refinery explosion that he would ask the U.S. Chemical Safety Board to investigate the accident, while outside the hearing refinery workers issued warnings about safety practices, KCLA reports.
Concerns about attacks on oil facilities in Libya and Iraq pushed oil prices higher early Friday. U.S. benchmark crude increased 10 cents to $50.86 a barrel, while London Brent was 50 cents higher at $60.98, Reuters reports.
The circumstances surrounding New Jersey’s $250 million dollar settlement with Exxon Mobil over industrial pollution should be examined by a federal prosecutor, according to state Senate President Stephen Sweeney, who is skeptical about the motives of GOP Gov. Chris Christie's staff, NJ Advance Media reports.
Republican Aric Nesbitt, chairman of the Michigan House Committee on Energy Policy, has proposed ending the state's 15 years of electricity market competition, but his plan was immediately greeted by a chorus of criticism, The Associated Press reports.
Calling a truce with longtime critic ForestEthics, 3M Co. is promising to trace the source of the paper and pulp it buys and refuse purchases of material from threatened forests, the Star Tribune reports.