Renewable Energy

Germany's Merkel backs plans to stem energy cost rises

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel is backing plans to stem the rising costs of Germany's transition to renewable energy as her new government meets to launch its legislative agenda.

Merkel decided in 2011 to accelerate Germany's exit from nuclear power, but its transition to renewable energy sources has caused some problems. Subsidies are increasing consumers' bills and the European Commission is investigating whether companies are given unfair discounts on those subsidies.

Merkel's new center-left vice chancellor, Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, is proposing to cut subsidies for new renewable energy facilities among other changes.

Goldman's ReNew, First Solar bid on projects in India

Source: 
Bloomberg

Government grants have attracted U.S. interest in solar projects in India for the first time, with Goldman Sachs-backed ReNew and First Solar making bids, Bloomberg reports.

Chu joins hunt for better batteries

Source: 
National Journal

Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu has joined the board of directors of California start-up Amprius, which aims to improve lithium-ion battery technology, National Journal reports.

Minnesota, power companies file salvo in battle over solar project

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Star Tribune

The Minnesota Commerce Department and three power companies have urged regulators to reject a solar project by Geronimo Energy, the Star Tribune reports.

Maine: Lawmaker seeks to set solar goals, governor tilts at wind power

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Sun Journal

As a Maine lawmaker was introducing a bill to set solar energy targets for the state, Gov. Paul LePage launched another attack on Maine's wind power industry, the Sun Journal reports.

Harvard prof backs EU scrapping renewable energy targets

Source: 
Platts

The EU's renewable energy targets conflict with the Emissions Trading scheme, says Harvard professor Robert Stavins, adding that scrapping them would bring benefits to the economy and the fight against climate change, Platts reports.

Silicon Valley sees shortage of EV charge stations

PALO ALTO, California (AP) — An increasing number of electric-vehicle driving employees at Silicon Valley companies are finding it hard to access car-charging stations at work, creating incidents of "charge rage" among drivers.

Installation of electric vehicle charging ports at some companies has not kept pace with soaring demand, creating thorny etiquette issues in the workplace, the San Jose Mercury News reported (http://bit.ly/1joxwJ6).

Peter Graf, chief sustainability officer for German software company SAP, says the company's 16 charging stations are now not nearly enough for the 61 employees who drive electric vehicles.

Solar efficiency: MIT researchers collect heat as well as light

Source: 
The Engineer

Researchers at MIT have found a way to boost the efficiency of solar panels, capturing heat as well as light from the sun's rays, The Engineer reports.

Energy efficiency drive spreads along Maryland's Eastern Shore

Source: 
The Baltimore Sun

Communities on Maryland's Eastern Shore have banded together to promote energy efficiency, to save money and also cut greenhouse gas emissions, The Baltimore Sun reports.

Germany's renewables industry warns aid cuts would hurt turbine makers

Source: 
Bloomberg

Solar and wind company representatives in Germany said government aid cuts will threaten the growth of renewable energy, Bloomberg reports.

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