A local aviation official in Nevada has written to the Bureau of Land Management and other agencies, concerned that pilots are having trouble with the glare from mirrors at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating system plant in southern California, E&E reports.
Central Maine Power's plan to charge a standby fee to customers who generate some of their own electricity through renewable sources has stirred opposition, from educational institutions like Bowdoin College to property developers and even the state's governor, the Bangor Daily News reports.
U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton has ruled that two federal agencies violated the Endangered Species Act by the manner in which they reviewed the environmental impact of the Cape Wind project, but despite ordering new studies, Walton has let stand the Interior Department decision to grant a permit for the offshore wind farm, the Boston Herald reports.
Air and water pollution from graphite mining is an increasing problem in China as it scrambles to supply the mineral that's a key component to the batteries used in clean energy cars, Bloomberg reports.
An offshore wind farm proposed by Fishermen's Energy has gotten backing from local government officials and businesses in Atlantic City although the N.J. Board of Public Utilities hasn't given it the nod yet, The News Journal reports from Delaware.
A Maine judge has overturned the state environmental chief's regulatory decision regarding noise violations at a wind farm, saying that Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Patricia Aho's involvement "directly benefited a client of her former employer," the Portland Press Herald reports.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Solar energy would get a big boost in Iowa if a bill passed Thursday in a Senate committee becomes law.
The bill, approved by the Senate Ways and Means Committee, would increase the annual cap for solar tax credits to $4.5 million from the current $1.5 million. It also would allow individual homeowners to get up to $5,000 in credits, up from the existing $3,000 cap, and businesses to qualify for $20,000 in credits, up from $15,000.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The amount of power utilities could buy from customers with solar or other renewable energy systems would nearly quadruple under a measure given preliminary approval Thursday by the Vermont Senate.
Vermont caps the amount of power utilities can take through what's called net metering, when the owners of rooftop solar installations or similar projects put excess power onto the grid. The current cap says each utility can take up to 4 percent of the peak load on its system from net-metering projects. The bill increases that to 15 percent.
Arguments are growing more heated about how utilities will be handling solar power, with Minnesota's 'value-of-solar tariff,' an alternative to net metering, coming under scrutiny in testimony this week, E&E reports.
Fuel cell system maker Plug Power Inc. expects orders will nearly quadruple this year and CEO Andy Marsh said the company could see a profit in 2014 excluding interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, Bloomberg reports.
Oil prices surged 8.3 percent in Friday trading as rig data suggested a slowdown in shale oil development, with Brent crude rising $3.86 to $52.99 a barrel and U.S. crude climbing $3.71 to settle at $48.24 a barrel, Reuters reports.
A survey conducted by Reuters reports that OPEC output rose by 130,000 barrels per day in January as Angola boosted exports and Persian Gulf producers kept steady or increased output, a signal that some members plan to stay the course on maintaining output despite low oil prices.
Despite the collapse of crude oil prices last year, the latest Commerce Department report of gross domestic output showed outlays for new oil rigs and wells rose 8.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, even as equipment spending across all U.S. businesses fell, Bloomberg reports.
Chevron CEO John Watson, after his company reported lower profits and announced budget cuts, voiced optimism for long-term industry prospects, saying the price of oil will have to rise above $50 per barrel to support new exploration to meet energy needs, FuelFix reports.
A new poll conducted by The New York Times, Stanford University and Resources for the Future suggests that more than two-thirds of Americans, including 48 percent of Republicans, say they consider themselves more likely to support a candidate who supports action to combat climate change.
The National Biodiesel Board in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency voiced frustration with the agency's delayed implementation of biodiesel mandates, saying the slow movement has caused some producers to reduce staff and forced others into bankruptcy, The Hill reports.
A survey of economists by Bloomberg projects that many of the world's largest crude oil exporters like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar could see budget surpluses take hits and slip into deficits as global oil prices remain low.
Chevron, after posting a 30 percent decrease in earnings from the previous year in the fourth quarter 2014, abandoned plans to explore for shale gas in Poland, dealing a blow to efforts to develop hydraulic fracturing and shale drilling industries in Europe, The New York Times reports.
In an interview with E&E, Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., vice chairwoman of the Natural Resources Committee and leader of a new Interior and EPA oversight panel, discusses her familiarity with development and ranching issues in western states and her plans to limit Obama administration regulations on public land use.