Renewable Energy

Moniz hails research into vehicle fuel efficiency

Source: 
Platts

An R&D program into vehicle technology will help American manufacturers meet fuel efficiency standards, said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, according to Platts.

Solar case before Iowa Supreme Court attracting wide interest

Source: 
Des Moines Register

The Iowa Supreme Court is hearing a case pitting a solar energy company against utilities, which could offer a ruling on the ability of renewable power companies to sell directly to users, the Des Moines Register reports.

West Texas solar project coming, no customers yet

Source: 
Bloomberg

First Solar Inc. is building a 22-megawatt solar plant in West Texas, to start producing power within months, even though it has no customers yet who've agreed to purchase the electricity, Bloomberg reports.

Fisker buyer must keep work in US: Moniz

Source: 
Bloomberg

Whichever Chinese buyer ends up purchasing bankrupt Fisker Automotive will have to keep engineering and manufacturing in the U.S., Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Wednesday, according to Bloomberg.

EU relaxes renewables target, reaps criticism

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Wednesday shied away from more ambitious renewable energy goals as the bloc's sluggish economy appeared to dent its zeal in the global fight against climate change.

To the dismay of Germany, environmentalists and others, the European Commission stepped back from proposing tougher binding renewable energy targets for each of the 28 member nations. Instead, it seeks the introduction of a less ambitious pan-European goal of renewable energy consumption reaching 27 percent by 2030.

There are fears the EU, long a trendsetter in climate change policies, might make it easier for the U.S., China and developing economies to dodge tougher action.

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

Source: 
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

Source: 
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.

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