West Texas winds are powering a spurt in the share the renewable energy is contributing to the state’s electricity grid, according to Fuel Fix’s analysis of a U.S. Energy Information Administration report.
BOSTON (AP) — As it seeks investors, a project off the Massachusetts coast that aims to be the first U.S. offshore wind farm must reach fast-approaching benchmarks or risk missing out on hundreds of millions in critical funding, including $200 million from a Danish pension fund.
As the Institute for Energy Research and other free market groups begin a final push to end the federal wind Production Tax Credit, it has issued a states impact analysis saying the credit costs most states far more in tax subsidies than they get in support for wind farms.
The IER analysis, released late Sunday, contends that 30 states and the District of Columbia last year paid more overall for the 10-year credit than their wind producers received. The analysis lays the groundwork for an event scheduled Tuesday, in which IER and other conservative and fossil fuel groups will call on lawmakers to let the credit -- 2.3 cents per kilowatt hour -- expire on Dec. 31., despite lobbying by the wind industry.
In response to a request for comment, Rob Gramlich, senior vice president for public policy at the American Wind Energy Association, challenged the premise that wind power benefits only some states. "Wind is one of the most broadly dispersed energy sources, with manufacturing in 44 states now and turbines installed in 39 states plus Puerto Rico," he said in a statement.
Franchised vehicle dealers have spent millions in campaign efforts to block online sales of vehicles in several states, pushing Tesla Motors Inc. to turn to lobbying methods that include vehicle test drives for lawmakers, Bloomberg reports.
A host of influential Democratic politicians and policymakers descend on Las Vegas Thursday to attend the National Clean Energy Summit backed by Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, headlined this year by likely presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, National Journal reports.
SolarWorld is asking the Commerce Department to look into claims that the Chinese military hacked into its computers, suggesting that tariffs could be imposed in retaliation for cyberattacks, The New York Times reports.
Weak factory data in China and Europe weighed on oil prices Tuesday. U.S. benchmark crude for October delivery, at $95.23 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, was 73 cents lower than Friday’s close, while in London Brent crude dropped 87 cents to $101.91, Reuters reports.
In a study examining 100 water wells across the Barnett Shale last year, University of Texas researchers reported finding what could be unhealthy levels of arsenic, although an industry spokesman expressed doubt that drilling would be responsible, the Denton Record-Chronicle reports.
Sonoma County is at the forefront of a movement gaining traction in a number of places around the country: Local governments going into the business of generating clean energy for their residents, the Los Angeles Times reports.
A report for the Maine Technology Institute – commissioned by a man since fired by Gov. Paul LePage – found that the alternative energy sector holds the promise of generating jobs when backed by seed money and investment, according to the Portland Press Herald.
An analysis from the World Resources Institute says 38 percent of the world’s shale gas and oil reserves are located in areas with limited water supplies and concludes that may limit the global development of fracking, FuelFix reports.
Ahead of Toyota’s intended launch next year of a hydrogen fuel cell-powered car, an affiliate of the company has started construction on a hydrogen filling station in Nagoya, Japan, The Wall Street Journal reports.