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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The rebound in oil prices following Wednesday’s slump was wiped out late Thursday by news of a jump in the number of rigs drilling for oil in the U.S. Light, sweet crude for August delivery settled down 3 cents to $56.93 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent finished up 6 cents to $62.07, Dow Jones reports.
The Grain Belt Express, a $2.2 billion transmission line proposed by Clean Line Energy to bring wind power from Kansas to points east, through Missouri, has been rejected by the Missouri Public Service Commission, The Kansas City Star reports.
A $15,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to fund research into cutting particulate emissions from barbecues has attracted criticism from Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who declared his constituents “should be able to grill in peace,” The Hill reports.
The U.S. role in Copenhagen climate talks in 2009, and media coverage of it, had Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s attention, judging from the emails released by the State Department this week, E&E reports.
After last month’s pipeline leak near Santa Barbara, Calif., the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is proposing a requirement that operators notify regulators within an hour of any problem, The Hill reports.