Renewable Energy

NJ rejects offshore windmill project for 2nd time

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A company that wants to build a windmill power project off the coast of Atlantic City is heading to court. Fishermen's Energy says it will move in state appellate court to have its project reconsidered.

The state Board of Public Utilities has denied the plan twice, most recently on a vote Wednesday.

Fishermen's Energy claims the BPU vastly overestimated the price of electricity the windmills would produce.

Soaring margins help SunPower 1Q results

Source: 
Bloomberg

Growing margins on increases in demand for rooftop systems helped SunPower to a 1st quarter net income of $65 million, which exceeded analysts’ expectations, Bloomberg reports.

Energy Department

Solar to continue growth in electricity generation: EIA

The relatively big growth of solar power in the U.S. over the last four years is expected to continue, the Energy Department reported this week.

Total solar generating capacity from residential, commercial and utility projects more than quadrupled from 2010 to February, the Energy Information Administration said in its monthly electricity update issued Tuesday, to 1.13 percent of domestic capacity.

Google joins with SunPower on $250M leasing plan

Source: 
Bloomberg

A $250 million program announced by SunPower and Google will support financing of residential solar systems, Bloomberg reports.

Energy Innovation Laboratory dedicated in E. Idaho

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A new facility intended to help with clean energy research and support work to develop new materials for advanced nuclear reactors has been dedicated in Idaho Falls.

Lab officials say the 148,000-square-foot Energy Innovation Laboratory dedicated Tuesday at the Idaho National Laboratory's Research and Education Campus can be reconfigured depending on the project.

Eastern Illinois opening energy center

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Eastern Illinois University will open a new Center for Clean Energy Research and Education on Friday.

The university said in a news release Tuesday that the 5,000-square-foot building will be home to a research facility where faculty and students can experiment with biomass as a fuel. That includes a lab and a lab-scale gasifier to turn plant matter into fuel.

The new center will also house what the university is calling an idea incubator for community members to come in and get help working on their own projects and ideas.

Navy researchers claim breakthrough in water-based fuel

Source: 
FuelFix

Navy researchers have developed an seawater-based fuel they say could eventually be used to power military vehicles and equipment at an affordable price, FuelFix reports.

Google buying wind power from MidAmerican Energy Holdings

Source: 
Bloomberg

Google’s data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa will be run on wind power from MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co., according to Bloomberg, which reports that the tech giant has agreed to buy 407 megawatts from Warren Buffet’s company.

Vermont group supports 'green energy corridor'

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont group that promotes renewable energy says it can support new power lines running through the state to southern New England — with conditions.

Renewable Energy Vermont issued a position paper on Monday saying that the state should push to build a "green energy corridor."

Tesla delivers first China cars, plans expansion

BEIJING (AP) — Tesla Motors Inc. delivered its first eight electric sedans to customers in China on Tuesday and CEO Elon Musk said the company will build a nationwide network of charging stations and service centers as fast as it can.

Tesla probably will invest several hundred million dollars in charging infrastructure in China, Musk told reporters. He said it will open several hundred service centers.

"My instructions to the team are to spend money as fast as they can spend it without wasting it," he said.

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