Renewable Energy

Preliminary OK for Palen project amid continuing bird debate

Source: 
E&E

Two members of the California Energy Commission have recommended that the first phase of the Palen Solar Electric Generating System be approved despite continuing concerns of environmentalists worried about the project’s impact on the Joshua Tree National Park and the welfare of migrating birds, E&E reports.

Dominion announces solar expansion

Source: 
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Dominion Resources says it will install 2,500 solar panels at a Capital One Financial Corp. project in Virginia with the eventual capacity of 500 kilowatts, as well as purchasing two solar energy projects from EDF Renewable Energy in California totalling 42 megawatts, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Duke plans $500M solar expansion in NC

Source: 
Charlotte Business Journal

Duke Energy is committing to installing three solar facilities in North Carolina as well as signing power purchase deals with five other new solar projects in the state, for a total of 278 megawatts of capacity at a cost of $500 million, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.

More focus on grid-connected electric heaters to store energy

Source: 
E&E

Successful tests – in Canadian Maritime Provinces and in the U.S. as well -- point to the use of electric water heaters and space heaters linked to the grid through wireless controllers as a cheap method of storing excess energy like that generated from wind power, E&E reports.

California law hinders military in hitting green targets

Source: 
San Diego Union-Tribune

Military bases in California say state law hampers their efforts to meet federal renewable energy mandates, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Cape Wind signs lease with Mass. for staging area

Source: 
The Boston Globe

The staging area to gather workers, materials and equipment to build the Cape Wind offshore wind farm will be in New Bedford, Massachusetts, as the company behind the project has signed a two-year, $4.5 million lease with the state to use a terminal at the port there, The Boston Globe reports.

In Vermont, a milestone in green-energy efforts

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water and biomass.

With little fanfare, the Burlington Electric Department crossed the threshold this month with the purchase of the 7.4-megawatt Winooski 1 hydroelectric project on the Winooski River at the city's edge.

When it did, Burlington joined the Washington Electric Co-operative, which has about 11,000 customers across central and northern Vermont, which reached 100 percent earlier this year.

Ford recalls hybrid SUVs to fix stalling problem

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling about 74,000 older-model gas-electric hybrid SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to fix a stalling problem.

The recall covers Ford Escapes from the 2005 through 2008 model years and Mercury Mariners from 2006 through 2008.

Renewable advocate pressing fight for solar in Missouri high court

Source: 
E&E

Renew Missouri is suing the state Public Service Commission over Empire District Electric Co.’s stance that it is exempt from solar provisions in the state’s renewable energy standard, and arguments are to be heard before the Missouri Supreme Court in the case Sept. 18, E&E reports.

Nevada governor enacts Tesla tax break package

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's governor has signed into law an unprecedented package of incentives to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory to the state.

Gov. Brian Sandoval put his signature to the measure shortly after the state Legislature approved the package late Thursday night.

The package of tax credits and other incentives is worth up to $1.3 billion.

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