Renewable Energy

Solar, wind could soar on back of Brown’s renewable goals in California

Los Angeles Times

Gov. Jerry Brown’s announcement that he would aim for California to get half of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030 is a “game-changer” for solar and wind energy companies in the state, one figure in the industry told the Los Angeles Times.

Renewables highlighted in API annual report


Some 40 percent of the American Petroleum Institute’s 2015 State of American Energy report is devoted to energy sources like nuclear, solar, wind and other renewables that compete with oil and gas, E&E reports.

Missed deadline proving costly for Cape Wind

The Boston Globe

National Grid and Northeast Utilities say they are backing out of an agreement to buy power from Cape Wind, after it missed an end-of-year deadline to obtain financing and start construction on the Nantucket Sound wind farm, The Boston Globe reports.

Big Utah solar plant gets Google investment

The Wall Street Journal

Google has joined forces with two other investors to put up $188 million to build a solar plant in the Utah Red Hills Renewable Energy Park that should eventually generate 210 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year, The Wall Street Journal reports.

California governor toughens climate-change goals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As he was sworn in for a record fourth term, Gov. Jerry Brown charted an ambitious new goal on Monday for California in its fight against climate change, challenging the nation's most populous state to increase renewable energy use to 50 percent in the next 15 years.

Brown, a Democrat, specifically called for the state to increase renewable electricity sources, reduce petroleum use in vehicles, double the energy efficiency of existing buildings and make heating fuels cleaner by 2030.

At The Gadget Show: Fuel cells, smarter homes

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Go ahead, peek at our patents. Toyota will allow others to use several thousand of its patented or patent-pending technologies for free to speed the development of its hydrogen-powered car dubbed the Mirai, due to be sold in the U.S. by October.

The automaker provided one of the highlights at The International CES show in Las Vegas this week.

CES gets Chevy Volt sneak peek

The Wall Street Journal

General Motors offered no details, but a brief chance for a photo of its next-generation Chevy Volt electric car at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Sunday night, ahead of the vehicle’s official unveiling at the Detroit auto show, The Wall Street Journal reports.

States work to meet new renewable energy standards

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than five dozen giant turbines erected on a remote mesa in western New Mexico began churning out power for the state's largest electric provider on New Year's Day.

Tapping into the multimillion-dollar Red Mesa Wind Energy Center marks the latest effort by utility PNM to add more renewable energy resources to its portfolio.

From New Mexico and Texas to Montana and New York, PNM and other investor-owned utilities are facing higher renewable energy standards starting this year as numerous states and the federal government push for a reduction in the use of fossil fuels for generating electricity.

People Power expanding free efficiency pilot in Hawaii

Pacific Business News

People Power -- a startup from California founded by Gene Wang, which is trying to grow its presence in Hawaii -- is expanding a pilot program giving customers in Oahu a free app and plugs to create energy efficient smart homes, Pacific Business News reports.

Indianapolis airport solar farm expansion completed

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Contractors have finished bringing online dozens of acres of solar panels at Indianapolis International Airport, solidifying its status as the home of the nation's largest airport-based solar farm.

Workers recently finished adding 86 acres of solar panels at the airport, more than doubling the size of its solar farm to 151 acres.


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