Renewable Energy

Xcel Energy runs into roadblock for its ND solar plans

Source: 
The Bismarck Tribune

The North Dakota Public Service Commission has unanimously rejected an application from Xcel Energy to recover from the state's ratepayers some of the cost of solar projects required to help utility meet a renewable energy mandate in neighboring Minnesota, The Bismarck Tribune reports.

Tesla to work with battery researcher

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Tesla has signed a deal with battery researcher Jeff Dahn, hoping he will be able to help the company lower the cost of its vehicles, The Wall Street Journal reports.

ADB: Asia must boost investment in clean energy

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Asia has made huge strides in developing clean energy over the last decade but must boost investment and its use of energy efficiency technology to meet rising demand and cope with climate change, Asian Development Bank officials and other experts said Wednesday.

Renewable energy has become cheaper as technology progresses and governments must seize the chance low oil prices present to eliminate costly fuel subsidies and level the playing field for renewables, said Bindu Lohani, an ADB vice president.

White House hailing, promoting clean energy investments

The White House is to announce Tuesday that its efforts to mobilize private and philanthropic sector investment in clean energy programs have achieved double an initial goal of $2 billion, and that it plans new executive orders to assist future investment.

The Obama Administration’s Clean Energy Investment Initiative has driven more than $4 billion in commitments since it was announced in February, White House officials said, with funding coming from sources including Goldman Sachs, the Sierra Club and the California Board of Regents.

Slow sales cause Honda to scrub natural gas, hybrid Civics

DETROIT (AP) — Slow sales and falling gasoline prices have prompted Honda to stop selling gas-electric hybrid and natural gas-powered versions of its Civic compact car.

The company also said that it will discontinue a plug-in rechargeable version of the midsize Accord.

Hiccups holding back solar thermal plants

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Giant solar facilities that use mirrors and steam to generate power – like BrightSource Energy’s Ivanpah project operated by NRG Energy in Southern California -- have been falling far short of their projections for generating electricity, in part because of technical problems, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Toyota close to unveiling 4th-generation Prius hybrid

YORK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The timing isn't perfect, but Toyota is getting close to rolling out the next generation of its Prius gas-electric hybrid car.

Low gas prices have depressed sales of hybrids, with Prius sales falling 14 percent in the first five months of this year. The U.S. government expects gasoline to average $2.44 a gallon this year, compared with $3.36 a gallon in 2014.

Phoenix closer to renewable target with new solar plant

Source: 
The Arizona Republic

The Desert Star Solar Plant, unveiled Wednesday, will move Phoenix closer to its target of generating 15 percent of its power needs from renewable energy by 2025, The Arizona Republic reports.

USDA grants totaling $6.7M encourage efficiency, renewables

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A solar power system to be installed at one of Wyoming's bigger microbreweries helped Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Wednesday promote a nationwide program to encourage energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Vilsack planned to visit Jackson's Snake River Brewing Company later in the day to announce 544 grants totaling $6.7 million nationwide through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Energy for America Program. Three grants in this round of funding went to Wyoming, including one for $13,810 to help the brewery offset the cost of installing the solar panel.

Mercedes enters energy storage business

Source: 
International Business Times

Tesla has an announced rival in the home and commercial energy storage market: Daimler AG Tuesday announced it was starting to take orders for batteries that bear the Mercedes brand, International Business Times reports.

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