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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 -- 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 (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.
The sharp decline in oil prices is starting to take a toll on U.S. oil boom towns, forcing energy companies to cut staff and benefits, pressing businesses to temper plans for growth and limiting royalty payments for landowners, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Though 50 million smart meters have been installed in homes nationwide, U.S. energy consumers aren't moving to change consumption habits, a phenomenon The Washington Post suggests is linked to a lack of real-time access to data related to energy efficiency and financial savings.
A new study published in the British journal "Nature Climate Change" suggests that increases in global temperatures will result in more frequent and intense La Niña climate patterns, a development that could lead to more hurricanes in the Atlantic and droughts in the Southwest United States, USA Today reports.
Data from American Wind Energy Association show that wind energy developersadded 4,850 megawatts in new capacity last year, a strong increase from new 2013 installations, bringing total wind generation capacity to 65,875 MW, Platts reports
Saudi Arabia's new King Salman bin Abdulaziz has already made several changes to his government, shuffling his cabinet and cutting some government bodies, but he has retained Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi, a central figure in OPEC's decision to maintain production targets, Dow Jones Business News reports.
Venezuela, reliant on oil sales to generate enough income to import necessary supplies, is experiencing stricter rationing than usual, with falling oil prices building on high inflation and recession to make basic goods even more scarce, The New York Times reports.
Offshore wind energy development on the Eastern Seaboard is struggling as energy companies appear unwilling to invest, evidenced by Thursday's federal auction of leases off the coast of Massachusetts that drew just two bidders at around $1.50 an acre, The New York Times reports.
Assisted by improved relations with the Kurdish regional government, Iraq passed a $105 billion budget based on a $56 per barrel oil price, a move Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi sees as a sign of good will as Baghdad and Kurdish forces continue to fight the Islamic State group, Reuters reports.
The Department of Energy would manage if Congress were to impose a time limit on its reviews of LNG export applications, Assistant Secretary Christopher Smith told Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, at a hearing Thursday, The Hill reports.
Calling the proposal unrealistic and asking that its implementation be delayed, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. and chair of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, warned that Obama administration moves targeting DOT-111 tank cars have the potential to disrupt the U.S. rail network, USA Today reports.