Officials from two local communities were among those to support measures backing solar power development in Maine, while utilities and state officials expressed concern, the Portland Press Herald reports.
The amount of new wind power – nearly 4,900 megawatts worth – quadrupled last year, compared to 2013, according to the American Wind Energy Association, which said that Colorado added the most jobs in the sector, The Denver Post reports.
BloombergBusiness profiles the family campaign, led by SolarCity founders Lyndon and Peter Rive and their cousin Elon Musk, to reduce the world's dependence on fossil fuels - including their recent victory over Hawaiian Electric's moratorium on connecting rooftop solar panels to the grid.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The entire congressional delegation from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana is demanding that the Obama administration begin negotiations with Canada to update a landmark treaty that governs the operation of dams on North America's fourth-largest river.
The treaty, signed in 1964, is important because the Columbia River basin's dams affect the economy, environment and flood-control needs of millions of residents in the four states, along more than 1,200 miles of the river and its tributaries.
The Vermont House Natural Resources and Energy Committee has been examining the struggles that state and local governments, landowners, developers and residents experience with the the siting of renewable energy technology like solar panels and wind turbines, the Brattleboro Reformer reports.
New safety rules for oil trains don’t go far enough to address the risk of dangerous derailments, said lawmakers including Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., as well as Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., The Hill reports.
An environmental impact statement for the TransWest Express transmission line, which would run from Wyoming to Nevada, across the habitat of the sage grouse, has been published by the Bureau of Land Management in the Federal Register, starting a 30-day public comment period, E&E reports.
Toothpaste and other personal care items that contain synthetic microbeads would be banned under legislation introduced by House Energy and Commerce Chair Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. and Ranking Member Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., who are concerned about the effect of the microbeads on bodies of water such as the Great Lakes, National Journal reports.
Sliding oil prices took Chevron’s profits down with them, as the company reported a 43 percent fall in profit in the first quarter, to $2.57 billion, despite an increase in production, Reuters reports.
Oil dropped off its 2015 highs Friday on news of record Iraqi exports in April, coupled with gains in the dollar. U.S. benchmark crude for June delivery settled 48 cents lower at $59.15 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent lost 32 cents to $66.46, Reuters reports.
Without ever directly linking California’s drought to the wider issue of climate change, Gov. Jerry Brown has folded one issue into the other to push for wider environmental reforms, The Atlantic reports.
Used Model S electric vehicles made by Tesla Motors can now be purchased on the company’s website, complete with an extended warranty that covers up to 4 years or 50,000 miles, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Plans for an LNG export facility in Warrenton, Oregon won’t be upset by Clatsop County's rejection of a construction permit for a pipeline connecting to it, because only the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission can make such a decision, Oregon LNG’s CEO told Platts.