Renewable Energy

Mass. debates whether hydropower counts as clean energy

The Boston Globe

A measure introduced in the Massachusetts legislature has lawmakers debating whether it's a good idea to count hydropower toward clean energy requirements being set for the state's utilities, The Boston Globe reports.

Senate Energy hearing on hydropower, lands bills

Washington, February 27, 2014, 2:30 pm

Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing on pending hydroelectric and water bills, including the Marine and Hydrokinetic Renewable Energy Act of 2013 and Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act. Energy and Interior department witnesses.

Tesla plans new battery factory; will employ 6,500

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors is considering sites in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas for a massive battery factory that would employ around 6,500 people.

Tesla plans to start construction this year and complete the factory in 2017.

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company expects the factory to supply enough batteries for the 500,000 cars it hopes to make by 2020.

Wal-Mart order boosts forklift supplier Plug Power


Plug Power Inc., which supplies fuel cells for electric forklifts, saw its shares soar Wednesday after announcing Wal-Mart will use more than 1,700 of the systems in its distribution centers, Bloomberg reports.

First Solar profit plummets on drop in power plant revenue


The profit for First Solar Inc., the largest solar panel manufacturer in the U.S., dropped 58 percent in the 4th quarter on lower revenue from plants the company is building in the Southwest, Bloomberg reports.

US Conference of Mayors survey on efficiency funding

Washington, February 27, 2014, 1:15 pm

U.S. Conference of Mayors holds news teleconference to release survey report on cities' use of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funding.

China growth to drive a record year for the solar industry


Solar developers are on track for a record year of installation, Bloomberg reports, noting that the expansion will be driven by big demand in China.

US military's commitment to renewables continues to grow

The Christian Science Monitor

Nearly 80 contractors are involved in the massive program to move the U.S. military toward using alternative sources of energy, according to The Christian Science Monitor, which reports on progress toward fulfilling the DOD's goal of producing 3 gigawatts of clean power by 2025. 

Indiana house votes to ditch the state's clean energy program

The Indianapolis Star

An amendment approved Tuesday by the Indiana House of Representatives would scrap the clean energy program started in the state five years ago under then Gov. Mitch Daniels, The Indianapolis Star reports.

Sungevity founder pushes 'campus' for solar start-ups

The New York Times

Sungevity founder Danny Kennedy has developed SfunCube to nurture solar start-ups in the Bay Area in California, hoping to create energy's equivalent of the Silicon Valley, The New York Times reports.


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