Concerned about the slow take-up of electric vehicles, the CEOs of Daimler and Renault, speaking at the Paris Auto Show Friday, said the industry needs to unite around new technology, and Toyota’s push into hydrogen fuel cell power complicates the landscape too much, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Researchers at Ohio State University – writing in the journal Nature Communications -- claim to have developed the world’s first solar battery that’s rechargeable, and integrated directly into a solar panel, a system they say is cheaper and more efficient than technology in use thus far, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
NRG Energy’s acquisition of Pure Energies Group Inc. -- in a deal where the terms weren’t disclosed – will cut the complexity and cost of picking up new residential customers interested in solar power, the company said Thursday, E&E reports.
Moves by the Maine Public Utilities Commission to boost the energy efficiency programs aimed at large customers are aimed at saving more than 44,000 megawatt-hours of electricity annually, Platts reports.
CALUMET, Okla. (AP) — A decade ago, states offered wind-energy developers an open-armed embrace, envisioning a bright future for an industry that would offer cheap electricity, new jobs and steady income for large landowners, especially in rural areas with few other economic prospects.
To ensure the opportunity didn't slip away, lawmakers promised little or no regulation and generous tax breaks.
As technology advances -- with the availability of cheap sensors and a proliferation of software to help collect and analyze the data they gather -- the drive toward more energy efficiency in buildings is getting a big boost, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Analysts were speculating on whether the bear market in oil has found its floor, as prices increased early Wednesday on expectation data would show that gasoline stockpiles dropped last week. West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery was up 22 cents to $82.71 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent gained 59 cents to $86.81, Bloomberg reports.
Big mining companies like BHP Billiton are producing more metallurgical coal, hoping that their economies of scale will help them make a profit even though prices remain stubbornly low, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Some critics of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission praised departing chair Allison Macfarlane for her concerns about the safety of spent fuel, while the NRC itself refused to speculate on who might replace her after her exit in January, Politico reports.
Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, praised the partnership between Skyonic’s new carbon capture facility and Zachry Corp.’s neighboring cement plant as a model for the future, at Tuesday’s dedication ceremony for the Capitol SkyMine plant, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
More than 125,000 ads in 2014 Senate campaigns have the environment and climate change as their subjects, a record number that reflects the priorities of some of the wealthy donors who are paying for them, The New York Times reports.
If Democrats make a good showing on Election Day against Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. and chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, it would give them a boost toward winning the seat in two years’ time, National Journal reports.
Saying the bill had strong support from lawmakers and merely reinforces existing measures, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Tuesday signed legislation backing the power of auto dealers and preventing Tesla Motors from selling directly to consumers, The Washington Post reports.
Talks between Russian and Ukrainian officials in Brussels Tuesday failed to produce a gas deal, but the issue remains on the table and EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger would like to see an agreement – which would secure gas supplies for Europe this winter -- signed next Wednesday, The New York Times reports.