Renewable Energy

Tesla faces trademark suit in China


Tesla Motors' move into China has been met with a lawsuit for trademark infringement from a man who registered the company's name ahead of its entry into Chinese markets, Bloomberg reports.

IBM looks to improve China's renewable oversight, air quality


IBM announced a partnership with Beijing's municipal government to better manage air quality and to assist utilities in assessing renewable energy supplies, Bloomberg reports.

Tesla to study remains of stolen car that caught fire


Tesla Motors plans to study the remains of a stolen Model S sedan that split in half and caught fire after several collisions to determine any mechanical issues with the electric vehicle, Bloomberg reports.

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DOE offering new green energy loan guarantees

For the first time since the big economic stimulus funding lapsed, the Energy Department is offering federal loan guarantees for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects -- but there's a catch.

The $4 billion in guarantees are offered only to companies that will pay into a fund to offset some of the costs.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Interior to lease offshore wind area off Maryland

The Interior Department will make available 80,000 acres in waters off Maryland for wind power development, in its latest action by the Obama administration to spur development of Atlantic Ocean offshore wind farms.

The department said Wednesday the Aug. 19 competitive lease sale has so far attracted interest from 16 companies. It first proposed the sale in December.

Norwegian firms to build wind farm off UK coast

HELSINKI (AP) — Norwegian energy companies Statoil and Statkraft have announced plans to build a wind farm off the British coast in a 15 billion kroner ($2.4 billion) investment, expected to be completed in 2017.

Statoil, the operator of the Dudgeon offshore project, says construction of the 67 turbines will begin in 2016. With a total generation capacity of 402 MW, they will provide energy for some 410,000 households.

Delaware man sues over fuel cell surcharge

The News Journal

Delmarva Power’s surcharge on customers for using electricity from a fuel-cell project is being challenged in court, with the plaintiff claiming that Bloom Energy servers being used for it are consuming more natural gas than regulators permit, Gannett’s The News Journal reports.

SolarWorld seeks Commerce probe of Chinese hacking


In a filing with the Commerce Department, a unit of SolarWorld has asked for an investigation into whether Chinese hackers stole communications during a solar energy trade dispute, Bloomberg reports.

Interior Department photo

After Cape Wind, what comes next?

The announcement Tuesday of a conditional $150 million loan by Energy Department to the Cape Wind offshore wind farm project was showcased by the administration as a key part of its climate action plan, one that will spur the offshore renewable energy sector.

It also marked a more confident use of taxpayer money to back renewable energy in the wake of the $529 million Solyndra solar company failure and other high-profile, if limited, losses of taxpayer money during President Barack Obama's first term.

Yet the question remains: Can the government replicate the success it has claimed for onshore wind in offshore waters?

Feds pledge $150M for Cape Wind

The Boston Globe

The Department of Energy is promising Cape Wind a $150 million loan guarantee for its project to install 100 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound, putting the company 60 percent of the way toward raising the $2.5 billion it will need, The Boston Globe reports.


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