With $7.7 billion in bonds maturing this year, companies operating in China's green energy sector like Trina Solar Ltd. and Xinjiang Goldwin Science & Technology face a fierce battle for survival that's likely to see big winners and big losers, Bloomberg reports.
General Electric is set to announce a $10 billion infusion in funding into energy research through its "ecoimagination" budget, earmarked for projects like waterless fracking and improving turbine efficiency, Reuters reports.
Players in the solar industry are split over whether they should do more to cooperate with big utilities over the costs charged to customers who generate some of their own electricity, National Journal reports.
Higher-efficiency solar cells devised by Illinois-based scientist John Rogers are in tests at 14 sites around the world, and he said backer Siemens is hoping they'll produce cheaper electricity than coal-fired generators, The Economist reports.
Alaskans on Wednesday urged the Chugach Electric Association to buy more wind power from Cook Inlet Region Inc., but their demands could be tempered by the $32 per megawatt-hour cost differential compared to natural gas, KTUU reports.
Three utilities have given up on expanding the world's largest wind farm in the Thames estuary, citing concerns about harming birds, while basking sharks and old World War II bombs have torpedoed other offshore wind projects in Britain, Bloomberg reports.
Environmentalists are concerned that two new solar projects the Interior Department has approved for the California-Nevada border area will threaten the habitat of the desert tortoise, Fox News reports.
The problems in Ukraine are unlikely to trigger faster action by the Obama administration on natural gas exports, a White House spokesman appeared to indicate Friday, as he noted that supplies in Europe are at higher-than-normal levels because of the mild winter there, according to Reuters.
Public Service Enterprise Group plans to spend $12 billion over five years on capital projects to improve reliability, hoping to increase the earnings of its utility business, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Weather-related rail bottlenecks in Chicago are causing higher prices and lower supplies of ethanol on the East coast, while Midwest plants are cutting production because of a shortage of rail cars, an industry representative told a U.S. Surface Transportation Board panel, Platts reports.
Investors will challenge corporations during the upcoming proxy season to make more environmental commitments, according to nonprofit Ceres, which has compiled a list of resolutions up for votes, E&E reports.
Saying President Obama's proposed "climate resilience fund" will help communities prepare better for severe weather might win it bipartisan support, according to Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, National Journal reports.