Renewable Energy

Shrinking surcharge for Austin customers to get wind power

StateImpact Texas

Because publicly-funded transmission lines have brought the cost of wind-generated power down, Austin Energy is charging only 1 cent per kilowatt hour extra to customers who want to use the GreenChoice program and get their electricity from wind sources, StateImpact Texas reports.

More rooftop installations, more losses for SolarCity in 2Q


SolarCity Corp. is sticking with its strategy of installing more rooftop solar despite the cost: The company said in the second quarter it added 107 megawatts but its loss increased to $47.7 million, Bloomberg reports.

Geothermal projects to get $18 million from DOE

The Hill

Thirty two projects to reduce geothermal energy costs – including research and development as well as mapping – will get up to $18 million from the Department of Energy, geothermal technology office chief Doug Hollett announced Wednesday, The Hill reports.

Minnesota regulators to decide on solar payments


The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission – having agreed that an original proposal of 10 cents a kilowatt-hour was too low -- is expected to decide Thursday how much Xcel energy will have to pay for electricity generated by community solar gardens, E&E reports.

Project delays hit FirstSolar profits


Profits for solar panel maker First Solar sank to $4.5 million in the second quarter, but CEO Jim Hughes noted in a conference call that the company’s results are affected by getting big payments unevenly and he stood by its full-year profit projections, Bloomberg reports.

Can Africa keep its economic winning streak alive?

WASHINGTON (AP) — They export BMWs and birdseed and plenty in between. Their middle class is growing fast enough to draw the likes of Marriott and Wal-Mart. China, Europe, Japan and the United States are vying to build roads and power plants there.

No longer are the nations of sub-Saharan Africa, long a symbol of war, famine and corruption, an economic basket case. Six of the world's fastest-growing economies are there. Higher oil prices, richer consumers and sounder governments have raised so much interest in Africa's economic promise that it's being showcased this week at the first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington.

The question is: Can all this endure?

CSIS forum, "Solar Energy: Adoption and Marketability."

Washington, August 5, 2014, 10:00 am

Center for Strategic and International Studies forum, "Solar Energy: Adoption and Marketability." Energy Department official Elaine Ulrich among speakers.

California looks to clear obstacles to building energy storage


State regulators – the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission and California Independent System Operator – are working together to craft a storage “road map” that will help to clear obstacles toward adding more energy storage to get the most usage out of renewable energy sources, E&E reports.

Mikulski action could delay, kill wind farm

The Washington Post

Language inserted by Senate Appropriations Committee chair Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., into the defense appropriations bill could block the Navy from finalizing a deal with Eastern Shore wind farm developers Pioneer Green Energy until a study into turbine effects is completed, set for next summer, The Washington Post reports.

Corps agrees to monitor dam pollution

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — For the first time in its history, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will have to disclose the amount of pollutants its dams are sending into waterways in a groundbreaking legal settlement that could have broad implications for the Corps' hundreds of dams nationwide.

The Corps announced in a settlement Monday that it will immediately notify the conservation group that filed the lawsuit of any oil spills among its eight dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers in Oregon and Washington.


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