Renewable Energy

Toyota affiliate starts building hydrogen station in Japan

The Wall Street Journal

Ahead of Toyota’s intended launch next year of a hydrogen fuel cell-powered car, an affiliate of the company has started construction on a hydrogen filling station in Nagoya, Japan, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Job growth potential for Maine in alternative energy: Report

Portland Press Herald

A report for the Maine Technology Institute – commissioned by a man since fired by Gov. Paul LePage – found that the alternative energy sector holds the promise of generating jobs when backed by seed money and investment, according to the Portland Press Herald.

Communities move into the green energy business

Los Angeles Times

Sonoma County is at the forefront of a movement gaining traction in a number of places around the country: Local governments going into the business of generating clean energy for their residents, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Tesla Motors dealing as states play factory poker

LOS ANGELES (AP) — From the start, little has been typical about Tesla Motors' plan for a $5 billion factory to make batteries for a new generation of electric cars.

It's not just the project's massive scale, the cutting-edge technology, or even the bonanza of 6,500 good-paying jobs.

It's how Tesla is deciding where to build.

Battery breakthroughs haven’t lived up to hype

The Washington Post

Announcements of breakthroughs in battery technology over the past ten years so far haven’t brought the revolution they’ve promised, The Washington Post reports.

Tesla, Chinese firm plan 400 charging stations

BEIJING (AP) — Tesla Motors Co. and a state-owned Chinese phone carrier announced plans Friday to build 400 charging stations for electric cars in a new bid to promote popular adoption of the technology in China.

Plans call for China Unicom Ltd. to provide space for construction and basic services in 120 cities while Tesla, based in Palo Alto, California, operates the stations. The two companies also will build 20 "supercharger stations" in 20 cities to offer high-speed charging.


Clean energy jobs return, but at reduced pace

The number of new clean energy and transportation jobs announced by developers more than doubled in the second quarter compared to first quarter of this year, to 12,500, the business group Environmental Entrepreneurs reported.

The sector rebounded after a dip in the first quarter, when about 5,600 jobs were added nationally. Still, the number for the second quarter was only about a third of the 38,600 jobs announced in the same period last year, when the renewable energy sector was surging.

Global renewables to grow despite investment slowdown: IEA

The Hill

Renewable energy will account for a quarter of the world’s power generation by 2020, the International Energy Agency predicted in a report released Thursday, which added that $1.6 trillion will be invested in the sector up to that point, according to The Hill.

California lawmakers pass clean auto measures

Los Angeles Times

The California legislature has been approving measures to encourage hybrid and electric cars, looking to back the California Air Resources Board’s goal of getting 1.5 million zero emission vehicles on the road over the next decade, the Los Angeles Times reports.

US fund in deal to build Myanmar solar plants

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A U.S investment group has signed a $480 million deal to build two solar energy plants in central Myanmar, one of the largest investments by an American firm since the easing of U.S. sanctions.

The agreement, inked by the ACO Investment Group and the Ministry of Energy, is aimed at helping ease electricity shortages in the country of 60 million, which only recently emerged from a half-century of military rule and self-imposed isolation.


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