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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Environmental Protection Agency has sent its suggested blending mandate for the long-delayed 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard to the Office of Management and Budget without dropping hints about what’s in the proposal, which will now be reviewed by the White House and other federal agencies, and Platts suggests a final decision may not even be made public until after the November election.
Even with Russia sending a convoy of trucks into Ukraine Friday, oil prices continued to decline as there’s been no evidence of any disruption in supply. U.S. benchmark crude for October delivery slipped 31 cents to settle at $93.65 a barrel on the Nymex, a drop of 3.9 percent on the week, while in London Brent crude ended 34 cents lower at $102.29, Reuters reports.
The non-profit group Sky Truth has created a global interactive map displaying natural gas flaring – in the U.S. showing concentrated activity in the Bakken, Eagle Ford and Marcellus Shale plays -- while environmental advocate Earthworks has released a report entitled Up in Flames that contains extensive statistics, stating, for example, that flaring in the Bakken increased five-fold between 2010 and 2013, according to National Journal.
Approval for power transmission projects like Gateway West and the TransWest Express is taking the federal government far too long, Wyoming Infrastructure Authority chairman Mike Easley told Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Thursday, The Associated Press reports.
California territory in “severe” drought dropped slightly to 97.5 percent this week due to above normal rainfall in the south, but that hasn’t helped boost low reservoir levels, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Lawyers for the Kurdistan Regional Government appeared before U.S. District Judge Gray Miller Friday, asking him to throw out a previous order from a magistrate -- which had been issued at the behest of the Iraqi government -- allowing U.S. marshals to seize any crude unloaded from a tanker that's been anchored off Galveston for weeks, FuelFix reports.
According to filings with the Federal Election Commission this week, NextGen Climate Action Committee took in $8 million in July but $7.5 million of that came from founder Tom Steyer, Politico reports.
The California Senate approved and sent to Governor Jerry Brown a bill to streamline the solar permit process, intended to make it easier and quicker for homeowners to get solar power installations up and running, according to LBReport.com.
A burdensome approval process and delays in the city’s Department of Water and Power in getting customers hooked up to the grid is putting a damper on solar power installations in L.A., the Los Angeles Times reports.