Renewable Energy

Wanxiang says it might build Fisker cars in US

DOVER, Delaware (AP) — A Chinese auto parts conglomerate that wants to buy failed electric-vehicle manufacturer Fisker Automotive says it would build next-generation Fisker cars in Delaware if there is sufficient consumer demand.

Wanxiang Group Corp. outlined its intentions in a court filing late Wednesday as it pushes for a competitive auction of Fisker's remaining assets.

California-based Fisker, which had planned to build cars at the former General Motors plant in Delaware, filed for bankruptcy protection in November. The move culminated a long, downward spiral that began after Fisker received a $529 million loan commitment from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Solar energy to power iconic Vegas welcome sign

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials in Las Vegas are harnessing the power of the sun to light the city's iconic welcome sign.

Elected officials and project leaders flipped a switch Wednesday linking solar panels on 25-foot towers to the glittering neon "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign.

The project was headed by the Green Chips and Clean Energy Project nonprofit organizations, and funded by the Consumer Electronics Association, electric utility NV Energy, the Las Vegas Centennial Commission and Bombard Renewable Energy.

Breakthrough in battery technology at Harvard could boost renewables

Source: 
The New York Times

New cheaper battery technology developed at Harvard using carbon-based molecules could give a big boost to the renewable energy industry, The New York Times reports.

With tax breaks, wind power can hit parity with natural gas, CRS projects

Source: 
E&E

Wind powered-electricity could reach parity with natural gas by 2019, if not sooner, under a hypothetical wind Production Tax Credit renewal and phaseout modeled by the Congressional Research Service, according to E&E.

Germany generated more wind and solar power last year

Source: 
Platts

December storms help Germany reach record wind and solar power output in 2013, Platts reports.

Green energy backers attack '60 Minutes' piece

Source: 
National Journal

Green energy supporters used social media to criticize the '60 Minutes' story 'Cleantech Crash' even as the piece was being broadcast, the National Journal reports.

Could SolarCity's Wall St. bubble burst?

Source: 
The New York Times

SolarCity's stock has soared in the year since it went public, but The New York Times looks at whether the company, which has never made a profit, can keep its momentum going.

Alexander opposes renewing wind energy tax credit

Source: 
The Hill

Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander is arguing against renewal of the wind Production Tax Credit, calling turbines "a scar on the landscape," The Hill reports.

Maine governor to push again for cheaper electricity over renewables

Source: 
Bangor Daily News

Maine's Republican governor is trying once again to change state policy that offers renewable energy incentives, to prioritize lowering the cost of electricity, The Bangor Daily News reports.

Climate advocates still grapple with high cost of renewables

Source: 
The Economist

The Economist examines the factors contributing to the high cost of renewable energy and what that means for the fight against climate change.

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