Renewable Energy

After First Wind loses court ruling, Maine DEP asks for fresh funding proof

Portland Press Herald

After the Maine Supreme Court ruled against a joint venture between First Wind and Canadian firm Emera Inc., the state's Department of Environmental protection has asked the wind developer for fresh guarantees that it can fund the projects it has started, the Portland Press Herald reports.

Hawaiian Electric wins renewable energy grant

HONOLULU (AP) — A team led by Hawaiian Electric has won a $500,000 federal grant to develop ways for utilities to manage increased amounts of solar power and other renewable energy on their electric grids.

The team includes the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and several companies, like Siemens and Alstom which are both leading providers of energy management systems. Honolulu-based Referentia Systems is providing secure information technology and data analytic capabilities.

Swiss unveil new solar plane for global flight

PAYERNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Swiss-made airplane built for the first round-the-world solar flight has wings longer than a Boeing 747 jumbo jet yet weighs only about as much as a large car.

The Solar Impulse 2, unveiled to the world Wednesday at Switzerland's Payerne Air Force Base, is a bigger and better version of the single-seater prototype that first took flight five years ago.

The original plane demonstrated that a solar-powered plane can fly through the night, hop from Europe to Africa and cross the width of the United States.

EU seeks cheaper power, curbs renewable subsidies

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive arm is curbing subsidies for renewable energies to help drive electricity prices down.

The European Commission on Wednesday laid out stricter rules on the extent to which the bloc's 28 member states may support the generation of power from renewable sources such as solar, wind or biomass.

It says production costs for renewable energies have significantly fallen over the past years and the generous subsidies for them "caused serious market distortions and increasing costs to consumers."

U.S. Navy working to turn seawater into fuel

International Business Times

U.S. Navy scientists believe they have worked out the technology of turning seawater into fuel, by breaking the water down into hydrogen and carbon dioxide and then processing the elements using a catalytic converter, now they face the challenge of producing industrial quantities of the fuel, the International Business Times reports.

Tesla moves into business leasing

The Wall Street Journal

Tesla Motors Inc. is developing a "fleet" business model: A new finance arm of the company is offering a leasing program to enable small and medium size businesses to get tax deductions on the electric vehicles, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Ariz. budget passed, lawmakers OK renewables tax credit for Apple

PHOENIX (AP) — Just a day after adopting a $9.23 billion state budget, the Arizona House and Senate gave final approval Tuesday to a pair of tax cuts for manufacturers, including one that would give a multi-million-dollar tax credit to the world's biggest corporation to install and run a solar facility.

The Legislature approved Senate Bill 1413, pushed by Gov. Jan Brewer, eliminating sales taxes on electricity purchased by manufacturers and mining smelters. It is expected to cost the state general fund $17 million a year. Brewer called for the elimination of the tax in her State of the State address in January, saying it was needed to make Arizona more competitive and draw new manufacturing to the state.

Crowdfunding could bring big money into the rooftop solar industry


Crowdfunding could bankroll rooftop solar projects to the tune of $5 billion in the next five years, a top SolarCity manager told Bloomberg at an investment conference in New York.

Fishing concerns at meeting over Long Island offshore wind lease plans


Officials with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management got an earful about possible effects of offshore wind turbines on fishing, at a meeting Tuesday on Long Island to discuss possible lease sales for wind farms in the region, Newsday reports.

Firm appeals denial of wind farm off Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey company is appealing the state's rejection of its plan to build a wind farm off the coast of Atlantic City.

Fishermen's Energy filed an appeal Monday with the state Board of Public Utilities, saying the agency erred when it rejected the plan last month.


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