Renewable Energy

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. 

Firm seeks Vt. power line under Lake Champlain

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A New York company announced Thursday it hopes to build a 150-mile power line from the Canadian border under Lake Champlain and then across Vermont to the town of Ludlow where it would connect to the New England electric grid.

Daimler to boost cooperation with Tesla


Daimler AG is planning to expand cooperation with Tesla Motors Inc. in an effort to catch up with BMW's lead in luxury vehicle sales, Bloomberg reports.

Wind industry sees decline in growth this year


The American Wind Energy Association said new wind farm construction and connections to the power grid have declined in 2013 with the wind Production Tax Credit set to expire at the end of the year, Bloomberg reports.

Solar industry makes economic comeback on higher demand


After values dropped 87 percent from a February 2011 to November 2012, solar industry manufacturers on the BI Global Solar Energy Index have recovered 55 percent of their lost value in a year as demand surged, Bloomberg reports.

Solar giant Suntech poised for cash infusion

BEIJING (AP) — China's troubled solar panel maker Suntech Power Holdings Ltd. said it was in line to receive a $150 million investment from a company controlled by its hometown government as it restructures following a debt default.

SunPower to boost capacity after strong third quarter


After posting higher profits in the third quarter on stronger demand, SunPower Corp., the second-largest solar panel producer in the U.S., said it would boost its manufacturing capacity by more than 25 percent, Bloomberg reports

Panasonic, Tesla sign deal to expand cell supply

PALO ALTO, California (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors has signed a deal with Japan's Panasonic Corp. to expand its supply of battery cells.


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