SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The fragmented pieces of a small airplane that collided with a South Dakota wind turbine will be taken to Colorado so investigators can try to determine why the pilot was flying so low and how the aircraft went down.
The single-engine Piper crashed Sunday evening in fog 10 miles south of Highmore, killing the pilot and three cattlemen returning from a sale in Texas of live cattle and embryos.
Possible factors to be investigated include trouble with the pilot or plane and weather, said Jennifer Rodi, a National Transportation Safety Board investigator who spent Tuesday on the scene.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A company that was planning a wave energy installation off the Oregon coast that could have powered 1,000 homes has said it will instead undertake the project in Australia.
Ocean Power Technologies is suspending the Oregon project because it lacked money to comply with unexpected regulatory requirements, the company said last month in a report to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The Pennington, N.J., company also said it's surrendering a preliminary permit it received from the government.
HONOLULU (AP) — The state Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday ordered Hawaiian Electric Co. to reduce energy costs and accommodate more solar power and other renewable energy on the grid.
Hawaiian Electric must submit its plans for carrying out the orders within four months, said Michael Champley, one of three commissioners who announced the orders with Gov. Neil Abercrombie.
The utility must address the inability some consumers have in connecting rooftop solar panels to the grid because so many of their neighbors have done so already, Champley said. The utility must accommodate more photovoltaic panels, he added.
As election-year political clouds darken the prospects for passage of energy efficiency legislation in the Senate, efficiency groups again tried to rally support for the voluntary efficiency bill by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Rob Portman.
A letter signed by more than 80 groups on Monday called on Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to hold votes on the legislation "as soon as possible."
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A small airplane heading back to South Dakota after a Texas cattle sale crashed into a wind farm in foggy weather, killing the pilot and three passengers.
Elizabeth Cory, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the Piper 32 was traveling from Hereford, Texas, to Gettysburg, South Dakota. The single-engine plane was registered to Donald J. "D.J." Fischer of Gettysburg, according to the FAA.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont U.S. Rep. Peter Welch said Monday he wants to make it easier to buy electric cars by increasing the size of the federal tax credit for the vehicles and making those credits available at car dealerships.
The Democrat said increasing the size of the tax credit to $10,000 and making it easier to take advantage of would make the vehicles more affordable for middle-income people.
Electric car buyers are now eligible for credits up to $7,500 through their tax return.
National Hydropower Association Annual Conference Day 2. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, DOE Loan Programs Office Executive Director Peter Davidson, DOE Wind and Water Power Technologies Office Director Jose Zayas appear at morning plenary; FERC Commissioner Tony Clark delivers luncheon speech. Conference continues Wednesday.
Environmental advocates say more can be done even as they hailed Utah’s moves to improve air quality, commenting on Governor Gary Herbert Friday signing eight bills including measures to aid electric cars and encourage the use of biodiesel fuel, KTVX reports.
Free market and conservative groups on Friday called on House tax writers not to renew the wind Production Tax Credit, which would get a two-year extension under a Senate tax breaks bill.
The letter by 31 groups to House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., and ranking Democratic Rep. Sander Levin, also of Michigan, signaled their intent to fight inclusion of the credit in legislation to extend or make permanent business tax breaks.
A tweet by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy concerning the agency's carbon pollution rules was cited in a letter that 15 states sent to a court reviewing their request to throw out the regulations, The Hill reports.
Expectations that weekly data on U.S. crude inventories will show another stock build was pressuring oil prices early Tuesday. U.S. benchmark crude lost 40 cents to $56.59 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent fell 43 cents to $64.60, Reuters reports.
The $86.8 billion in bonds issued by companies in the oil and gas sector globally is up 10 percent from a year ago, a trend which would keep the slump in energy prices going longer, according to The Wall Street Journal.