Renewable Energy

Guilty plea in bird deaths at wind farms a first

WASHINGTON (AP) — A major U.S. power company has pleaded guilty to killing eagles and other birds at two Wyoming wind farms and agreed to pay $1 million as part of the first enforcement of environmental laws protecting birds against wind energy facilities.

Tesla CEO expects feds to clear Model S in fires

DETROIT (AP) — The leader of upstart automaker Tesla Motors is confident that its Model S car is safe and will be cleared by a federal investigation into two battery fires.

Energy loses $139M on loan to electric car maker

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Friday it will lose $139 million on a loan to struggling electric car maker Fisker Automotive Inc. after selling part of the loan to a private investor that immediately took the company into bankruptcy.

Duke Energy pleads guilty to eagle deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, the Obama administration is taking action against wind farms for killing eagles.

In a settlement announced Friday, Duke Energy will pay $1 million for killing 14 golden eagles over the past three years at two Wyoming wind farms. The company says it pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

MIT study questions Tesla vehicle safety claims


A Massachusetts Institute of Technology report said Tesla Motors Model S sedan has a significantly higher chance of catching fire in a collision than gas-powered vehicles, undercutting CEO Elon Musk's assertions that the vehicles are less likely to catch fire, Bloomberg reports.

Israeli startup buys up bankrupt electric car firm

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli energy startup has taken over the remains of Israel's trailblazing — and now bankrupt — electric car venture, the new owner said Thursday.

Honda's Accord line wins 'green car' of year award

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Honda's line of Accords has won the 2014 "Green Car of the Year" award from an auto industry magazine.

Tesla scores top owner-satisfaction rating for Model S


Consumer Reports said Tesla Motors Inc.'s electric Model S won its highest owner satisfaction ratings in seven years, though the survey was taken before three battery fires prompted a federal safety investigation, Bloomberg reports.

FERC: Companies added 600 MW of solar, biomass last month


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said in a report that U.S. power companies added more than 500 megawatts of solar capacity and more than 100 megawatts of biomass power last month, Reuters reports.

NHTSA chief Strickland discusses Tesla probe

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is the government's auto safety watchdog, announced this week that it would investigate the Tesla Model S electric car after two of the vehicles struck road debris and caught fire. Tesla is cooperating with the investigation, which may or may not lead to a recall if NHTSA finds a safety defect.

At the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday, NHTSA chief David Strickland answered questions about the investigation.


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