Renewable Energy

Mass. lawmakers give up on solar overhaul, lift cap instead

State House News Service

A measure approved by the House in Massachusetts Thursday would increase the cap on solar production to up to 5 percent of a utility’s total generation, as well as create a task force to study net metering, but the measure is a far cry from the comprehensive overhaul of the system that some had hoped for, State House News Service reports.

Goldman’s ice system shows the promise of thermal storage


The system at Goldman Sachs N.Y. headquarters, where ice is frozen in tanks at night and used the next day in its air conditioning, is an example of how thermal storage can save money and use energy more efficiently, Bloomberg reports.

Tesla says decision on battery factory months away

DETROIT (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors says it is preparing a site near Reno, Nevada, as a possible location for its new battery factory, but is still evaluating other locations.

In a statement, Tesla says it broke ground on the Nevada site in June, and adds that it will decide on the final location for the $5 billion factory in the next few months.

California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas are also in the running for the factory. Competition is intense for the plant, which Tesla says could employ 6,500 people by 2020.

Panasonic, Tesla to build big US battery plant

TOKYO (AP) — American electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. is teaming up with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. to build a battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. expected to create 6,500 jobs.

The companies announced the deal Thursday, but they did not say where in the U.S. the so-called "gigafactory," or large-scale plant, will be built.

The plant will produce cells, modules and packs for Tesla's electric vehicles and for the stationary energy storage market, employing 6,500 people by 2020.

EESI annual Congressional Renewable Energy Expo and Forum

Washington, July 31, 2014, 9:30 am

Environmental and Energy Study Institute hosts the 17th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo and Forum. Rep. Jim Himes, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Rep. Dave Reichert, Rep. Paul Tonko among speakers. 

Big advance in lithium battery design reported at Stanford


A new protective coating for the anode on a lithium battery – a nanosphere wall made from carbon – could possibly boost the range of an electric car to 300 miles, a development Stanford University researchers published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, E&E reports.

2nd round of bidding to come in Mass. solar REC auction


Offers outnumbered bids in the first round of the Massachusetts auction of solar renewable energy certificates this year, so the results were scrapped, the terms will be changed and a second round of bidding will be held, Platts reports.

Hawaiian test for adding wave energy to grid

The Associated Press

Northwest Energy Innovations is to start testing a prototype in September in Oahu, of a device which will harvest up to 20 kilowatts from wave energy and add it to the grid, the first time that will have been done in the U.S., The Associated Press reports, citing a story in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

NRG Yield’s $400M buy of Alta Wind to be financed with bonds


$400 million in green bonds will be sold by NRG Yield to pay for North America’s biggest wind farm, Alta Wind in California, which has a capacity of 947 megawatts, Bloomberg reports.

House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing on pending geothermal, renewables bills

Washington, July 29, 2014, 10:00 am

House Natural Resources Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee hearing on pending bills: Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act of 2013, Exploring for Geothermal Energy on Federal Lands Act and the Geothermal Production Expansion Act of 2013. BLM Assistant Director for Minerals and Realty Management Michael Nedd to speak. 


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