Renewable Energy

Construction begins on New Mexico's biggest solar farm

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Land Commissioner Ray Powell says construction is well underway on what will be the state's largest solar-power generating station.

Powell shared photos this week of the Macho Springs solar power project near Deming, where workers have been busy installing the tracking systems on which thousands of solar panels will be placed.

Wind industry makes project push to beat expiring credit

Source: 
The New York Times

Wind power companies are rushing to ink deals, order parts and launch construction of new projects to benefit from the wind Production Tax Credit set to expire at the end of the year, The New York Times reports.

Wyoming wind farm developer questions BLM eagle kill estimates

Source: 
The Associated Press

The developer of the $5 billion Chokecherry/Sierra Madre wind project said the Bureau of Land Management is overestimating potential eagle deaths at the facility, The Associated Press reports.

Despite review, Tesla maintains federal 5-star safety rating

Source: 
Bloomberg

Tesla Motors Inc., whose electric Model S sedan is under review by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for battery-related fires, will maintain the agency's 5-star safety rating for the 2014 model, Bloomberg reports.

Cape Wind reaches deal with Siemens for turbines

Source: 
Bloomberg

Developers of the Cape Wind project off the Massachusetts coast have reached an agreement with Siemens for the company to install 130 wind turbines and take an equity stake, Bloomberg reports.

Deepwater says Rhode Island offshore farm to meet credit deadline

Source: 
Bloomberg

Deepwater Wind said it expects its planned Block Island wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island will qualify for the federal wind Production Tax Credit set to expire at the end of the year, Bloomberg reports.

Tesla says charger not to blame in garage fire

Source: 
Bloomberg

Tesla Motors, currently facing a safety inspection of its Model S sedan by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said a power socket fire at a garage in Southern California wasn't caused by one of its vehicles or  charging systems, Bloomberg reports.

Germany, EU clash over electricity discounts

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed to defend German jobs as the European Union's executive launched an investigation Wednesday into whether German companies that use large amounts of electricity get unfair discounts.

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Baucus proposes just two clean energy tax breaks

Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus on Wednesday released an energy tax reform discussion draft that consolidates 42 breaks and incentives into just two starting in 2017, a plan that slashes current energy-specific tax support by half to less than $75 billion over a decade.

Baucus, D-Mont., said in a statement that the current list of energy tax breaks is too complex and "picks winners and losers" without a clear rationale. "We need a system of energy incentives that is more predictable, rational, and technology-neutral to increase our energy security and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations," he added.

Danish Vestas in major wind turbine deal with Enel

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's troubled turbine maker Vestas A/S says it has received a U.S. order for 175 wind turbines from Enel Green Power North America, Inc.

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