Renewable Energy

Report shows renewable infrastructure changing hands at record pace


Ernst & Young said in a report that struggling utilities worldwide are selling off wind, solar and biofuel infrastructure at a record pace this year, with 43 percent of deals in the first nine months of 2013 involving renewable generators, Bloomberg reports.

Tesla shares drop as 3Q falls short

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Motors' high-flying stock tumbled 12 percent in after-hours trading Tuesday after the electric car maker's third-quarter results fell short of expectations.

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IG: DOE kept quiet as charger company Ecotality slid toward failure

Energy Department officials failed to acknowledge during an audit this summer that they knew government-backed electric car charger company Ecotality was headed into difficulty, Inspector General Gregory H. Friedman said Tuesday.

San Francisco-based Ecotality in August publicly disclosed that it was running out of cash and would not meet the terms of a $115 million charger installation and data project funded by the 2009 economic stimulus law. The company declared bankruptcy in September.

Before it failed, the company installed all of the residential chargers and 4,000 of the 5,000 commercial chargers it was supposed to.

Friedman said in a report that the department knew as early as May that Ecotality would not meet its installation goals, which prompted officials to order the company to explain how it would complete the project. The officials did not tell him about that order, however, when they responded to concerns he raised about the project in July. 

Americans for Prosperity leads push to let wind tax credit expire

The Hill

An Americans for Prosperity-led coalition of more than 100 conservative groups urged Congress to let the wind Production Tax Credit to expire at the end of the year, The Hill reports.

Microsoft enters 20-year deal for Texas wind power

HOUSTON (AP) — It takes a lot of energy to store all the data 1 billion people and 20 million businesses plug into their computers, phones, tablets and gadgets. So as part of an effort to become carbon neutral, Microsoft Corp. has entered a 20-year deal to buy power from a new wind farm in Texas, the first time the tech giant is directly purchasing electricity from a specific source.

ACEEE issues annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard

Washington, November 6, 2013, 1:00 pm

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy holds media teleconference to issue its State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to speak. 

Wind tax credit expected to expire at year's end


A wind energy production tax credit is likely to expire at the end of the year, but the wind industry is banking on getting a new measure if Congress moves on tax reform, Politico reports.

DOE-backed California solar plant starts generating power

San Francisco Chronicle

The California Valley Solar Ranch, a 250-megawatt solar plant that won a $1.2 billion Energy Department loan guarantee, started generating power Thursday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Electric auto wireless charging picks up speed


Development of electric car wireless charging technology is happening faster than expected, with at least 12 projects undergoing testing worldwide, E&E reports.

Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing on Columbia River Treaty

Washington, November 7, 2013, 9:30 am

Senate Energy and Natural Resources hearing, "Recent Recommendations for the Columbia River Treaty." Rescheduled from Oct. 10. 


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