The Iowa Supreme Court is hearing a case pitting a solar energy company against utilities, which could offer a ruling on the ability of renewable power companies to sell directly to users, the Des Moines Register reports.
First Solar Inc. is building a 22-megawatt solar plant in West Texas, to start producing power within months, even though it has no customers yet who've agreed to purchase the electricity, Bloomberg reports.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Wednesday shied away from more ambitious renewable energy goals as the bloc's sluggish economy appeared to dent its zeal in the global fight against climate change.
To the dismay of Germany, environmentalists and others, the European Commission stepped back from proposing tougher binding renewable energy targets for each of the 28 member nations. Instead, it seeks the introduction of a less ambitious pan-European goal of renewable energy consumption reaching 27 percent by 2030.
There are fears the EU, long a trendsetter in climate change policies, might make it easier for the U.S., China and developing economies to dodge tougher action.
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel is backing plans to stem the rising costs of Germany's transition to renewable energy as her new government meets to launch its legislative agenda.
Merkel decided in 2011 to accelerate Germany's exit from nuclear power, but its transition to renewable energy sources has caused some problems. Subsidies are increasing consumers' bills and the European Commission is investigating whether companies are given unfair discounts on those subsidies.
Merkel's new center-left vice chancellor, Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, is proposing to cut subsidies for new renewable energy facilities among other changes.
The EU's renewable energy targets conflict with the Emissions Trading scheme, says Harvard professor Robert Stavins, adding that scrapping them would bring benefits to the economy and the fight against climate change, Platts reports.
Riding the back of the oil boom, Halliburton reported a 70 percent increase in earnings in the 3rd quarter, The Wall Street Journal reports, noting that CEO Dave Lesar predicted in a conference call Monday that the recent drop in oil prices would be temporary.
Skepticism about OPEC agreeing to cut oil production pressured prices again Monday. West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery slipped 4 cents to settle at $82.71 a barrel on the Nymex, but in London December Brent lost 76 cents to end at $85.40, Bloomberg reports.
Proposed new regulations from the Department of Energy, published in Tuesday’s Federal Register seeking public comment, would cover energy conservation standards for some water heaters, while others would target certain fluorescent lamps, The Hill reports.
Despite industry support for the GOP bid to take over control of the Senate, oil and gas companies are still giving substantial donations to the re-election effort of Energy Committee chair Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., Reuters reports.
One of the people who helped write the McCain-Feingold legislation on political contributions says Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate change is an example of how politics has become “privatized,” The New York Times reports.
As the U.S. prepares to take the chair of the Arctic Council for two years, environmentalists have been heartened by recent statements from U.S. Special Representative Robert Papp, who has said that climate change would figure prominently on his agenda, E&E reports.
With 419 megawatts added to U.S. wind power capacity in the 3rd quarter, installations in the first nine months of 2014 – totalling 1,254 megawatts -- have surpassed what came on line in all of the year before, according to the American Wind Energy Association, Bloomberg reports.
Robert W. Fri, who held a number of posts at the Environmental Protection Agency in the 1970s and served as president of the research institute Resources for the Future for a decade starting in the mid 80s, died on Oct. 10 in Maryland, The New York Times reports.