The one potential energy bill that could win enactment this year is expected to emerge in draft form as soon as this week from Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden.
Wyden, D-Ore., had not tipped his hand on the exact timing of the a package of business tax breaks extenders or renewals that he has said should include the renewable energy Production Tax Credit, a key support for the wind industry that expired in December.
Speaking to a conference sponsored by the American Council on Renewable Energy, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said Friday that her agency will use its regulatory power to support innovation in the sector, and boost its capacity to create jobs, Talk Radio News Service reports.
Panasonic, which supplies most of the lithium-ion cells for Tesla's batteries, hasn't committed yet to Elon Musk's plans for a huge 'gigafactory' to make more of them, and President Kazuhiro Tsuga told reporters the project represents a big investment risk, Bloomberg reports.
Wednesday night saw Texas hit a new mark in generating wind power -- 10,000 megawatts -- which experts attribute to the new western transmission lines completed at a cost of $7 billion last December, FuelFix reports.
DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government's auto safety watchdog has closed an investigation into Tesla electric car battery fires after the company said it would install more shields beneath the cars.
The shields, an aluminum bar, a titanium plate and another piece of aluminum, will supplement a quarter-inch-thick aluminum plate now on the Model S, the only model that Tesla now sells. They're designed to stop road debris from penetrating the car's battery pack.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature has rejected two bills to change the state's wind energy laws aimed at ensuring projects benefit the state economically and don't hinder the beauty of the state's natural resources.
The Democratic-led Senate voted 21-14 on Thursday in favor of rejecting Republican Gov. Paul LePage's proposal to add that Maine wants to lower electricity prices and expand economic opportunities through wind power to its current megawatt targets.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission decided to replace retiring coal power by ordering Xcel Energy to purchase a combination of solar and natural gas generation that will be supplied in part by $250 million in solar arrays built by Geronimo Energy, the Star Tribune reports.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A company that wants to build transmission lines to move wind energy from Kansas to Indiana has announced its proposed route through Missouri, but opponents say they'll continue the fight to keep the towers and lines away from their land.
Clean Line Energy Partners, based in Houston, hopes to begin construction as early as 2016 on its Grain Belt Express Clean Line. The company on Wednesday asked the Missouri Public Service Commission to approve the route through northern Missouri. No hearing date has been set.
After suing Exxon Mobil for $8.9 billion in damages for wetland contamination in northern New Jersey, the state has suddenly settled the case for $250 million shortly before a judge was expected to issue a ruling for damages, The New York Times reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s rules to limit power plant carbon emissions and clarify its jurisdiction over bodies of water are top of the hit list for lawmakers like Rep. Bill Flores, R-Fla., attending the Conservative Political Action Conference, McClatchy reports.
The American Meteorological Society has sent a letter to Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., saying that his investigation into the funding behind climate studies “sends a chilling message to all academic researchers,” National Journal reports.
The Forest Service needs to increase harvesting in the Tongass National Forest or timber mills in Alaska’s southeast will start to go bust, Energy and Natural Resources chair Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, told its chief Tom Tidwell at a hearing Thursday, E&E reports.
Fleet cards issued by the U.S. General Services Administration have been illegally used to pay for $2.4 million worth of gasoline by government workers filling up their own personal cars, News4 Washington reports.
The California state senate has announced it will hold three days of public hearings to examine the operations of the Public Utilities Commission, already in the spotlight for its closeness with the companies it regulates, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Members of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East will decide Monday whether to appeal a judge’s dismissal of their coastal erosion lawsuit against major oil and gas companies, The Associated Press reports.