Delmarva Power’s surcharge on customers for using electricity from a fuel-cell project is being challenged in court, with the plaintiff claiming that Bloom Energy servers being used for it are consuming more natural gas than regulators permit, Gannett’s The News Journal reports.
The announcement Tuesday of a conditional $150 million loan by Energy Department to the Cape Wind offshore wind farm project was showcased by the administration as a key part of its climate action plan, one that will spur the offshore renewable energy sector.
It also marked a more confident use of taxpayer money to back renewable energy in the wake of the $529 million Solyndra solar company failure and other high-profile, if limited, losses of taxpayer money during President Barack Obama's first term.
Yet the question remains: Can the government replicate the success it has claimed for onshore wind in offshore waters?
The Department of Energy is promising Cape Wind a $150 million loan guarantee for its project to install 100 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound, putting the company 60 percent of the way toward raising the $2.5 billion it will need, The Boston Globe reports.
SICHANLOO, Iran (AP) — In this village nestled in the arid hills of rural Iran, government-subsidized solar panels on the rooftops of homes provide both needed electricity and a shining symbol of efforts by the Islamic Republic to wean itself off fossil fuels and nuclear power.
President Hassan Rouhani's government has quintupled its spending on solar power projects in the last year, taking advantage of Iran's 300-odd days of sunshine a year that make its vast sun-kissed lands one of the best spots on earth to host solar panels. While being good for the environment, the panels also offer rural Iran steady power amid uncertainty over the country's contested nuclear program as it negotiates with world powers.
And as the Islamic Republic cuts back on subsidies that once made gasoline cheaper than bottled mineral water, a push toward self-sustaining solar power could help the government save money and bolster its sanctions-battered economy.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top court is confirming countries have the right to limit subsidies for renewable energy to plants based on their territory, as opposed to companies' operations abroad.
Tuesday's ruling by the Court of Justice found countries may also restrict electricity imports to promote wind, solar or biomass energy because it "is justified by the public interest objective of promoting the use of renewable energy sources in order to protect the environment and combat climate change."
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States wants to help Chile build Latin America's largest solar power plant.
Obama touted the project during an Oval Office meeting with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, who has returned to office after winning election in March. Obama said Chile has been a model democracy in Latin America and he wants to deepen cooperation between the two nations.
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation on Friday approved a loan guarantee of up to $230 million to support Tempe, Arizona-based First Solar's construction of a 141 megawatt solar power plant in Chile's Atacama Desert, which receives some of the planet's steadiest concentrations of direct sunlight.
Vestas Wind Systems, the Danish company that’s the world’s biggest maker of wind turbines, will supply 225 of them to EDF Energy to be used in the Roosevelt Wind Project in New Mexico and in Slate Creek in Kansas, generating 450 megawatts of power, Bloomberg reports.
Declining costs of producing wind energy are helping the business to take off in Michigan, and it’s likely to get a further boost from the Obama administration moves to cut carbon emissions, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Within days of the announcement that the Environmental Protection Agency’s second ranking official, Bob Perciasepe, was leaving, Craig Hooks, the agency’s top human resources official who has come in for increasing scrutiny in the wake of the John Beale scandal, has sent out an email to staff announcing his own departure, E&E reports.
EU states are expected to agree to final details Tuesday on a tougher round of against Russia over the Ukraine crisis -– including an arms sales embargo and restrictions on energy technology -- after the leaders of Germany, Britain, France and Italy discussed the measures in a conference call with President Obama, Reuters reports.
Murray Energy, the coal company that’s challenging the Obama administration’s carbon rule as well as protections for miners over coal dust, is being targeted by a radio ad from Public Citizen, The Hill reports.
With signs of weaker demand and the current international crises not appearing to be cutting into crude supplies, prices continued to decline Monday, Bloomberg reports, noting that U.S. benchmark crude for September delivery fell 42 cents to settle at $101.67 a barrel on the N.Y. Mercantile Exchange, while in London Brent crude declined 82 cents to $107.57.
An oil tanker anchored off Galveston is filled with disputed Kurdish crude that has been claimed by Iraq, according to AET Offshore services, which has been hired to unload it and is asking a district court in Texas to rule on Iraq's claim, Reuters reports.
An ad for West Virginia Democratic Senate candidate Natalie Tennant, in which she vows to stand up to leaders with anti-coal policies, shows her flipping a switch in the state that appears to turn lights off in the White House, The Hill reports.
General Mills -– maker of Cheerios and other well known breakfast cereals -– says it will set targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout its supply chain, a move applauded by Oxfam, National Journal reports.