Following the dramatic Saturday vote to send a $1.1 trillion 2015 appropriations bill to President Barack Obama that averts a government shutdown, the Senate looks to head for the exits this week, but not until Democrats confirm more energy agency nominees and try to pass a tax breaks bill that includes renewable energy and biofuels aid.
Democrats on Saturday put Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nominee Colette Honorable in line for a vote this week, along with Christopher Smith to be the Energy Department's assistant secretary for fossil energy.
The tariffs and quotas imposed by the U.S. and the European Union on Chinese solar panels have boosted manufacturing growth in Malaysia, which is now the sector’s third largest producer, The New York Times reports.
The China unit of electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors has lost another manager, as the company has announced that chief Veronica Wu is leaving after less than nine months in the post, Bloomberg reports.
Researchers at Bespoke Investment Group say they don’t attribute the recent drop in Tesla Motors stock to the dramatic fall in oil prices, which led The Wall Street Journal to look for other reasons, including the broader stock market decline.
With the addition of 1,354 megawatts of photovoltaic capacity in the third quarter –- the second-highest quarterly increase ever -- the U.S. total has climbed to 16.1 gigawatts, says a report the Solar Energy Industries Association compiled with GTM Research, according to Bloomberg.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Utility giant National Grid is partnering with a company that specializes in underwater cable projects in an alliance seeking to build a 300-mile cable to bring Canadian hydropower and Maine wind power to Greater Boston to help meet the energy needs of power-hungry southern New England, the companies announced Tuesday.
National Grid brings greater clout to the project of the Green Line Infrastructure Alliance, which includes Massachusetts-based Anbaric Transmission. Their Maine Green Line is among several projects across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont that are being proposed to help lower energy costs while allowing states to meet their green energy goals, officials said.
Setting aggressive goals, like requiring 40 percent of the state’s electricity supply to come from renewable sources, was one reason the Pew Charitable Trusts picked Maine as one of eight states to highlight in writing about its “Clean Economy Rising” initiative, the Bangor Daily News reports.
Duke Energy says its subsidiary Duke Energy Progress has gotten approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission for its plans to build three solar projects that would generate 128 megawatts of electricity, Platts reports.
CONCORD, Massachusetts (AP) — Henry David Thoreau famously wrote of "the sunshine of a winter's day," and now the simple place that inspired him the most is going solar.
Officials are breaking ground on a new visitor's center at Walden Pond State Reservation, and the $8 million complex will feature two decidedly high-tech touches: a solar canopy and a pair of electric vehicle charging stations.
Oil prices surged 8.3 percent in Friday trading as rig data suggested a slowdown in shale oil development, with Brent crude rising $3.86 to $52.99 a barrel and U.S. crude climbing $3.71 to settle at $48.24 a barrel, Reuters reports.
A survey conducted by Reuters reports that OPEC output rose by 130,000 barrels per day in January as Angola boosted exports and Persian Gulf producers kept steady or increased output, a signal that some members plan to stay the course on maintaining output despite low oil prices.
Despite the collapse of crude oil prices last year, the latest Commerce Department report of gross domestic output showed outlays for new oil rigs and wells rose 8.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, even as equipment spending across all U.S. businesses fell, Bloomberg reports.
Chevron CEO John Watson, after his company reported lower profits and announced budget cuts, voiced optimism for long-term industry prospects, saying the price of oil will have to rise above $50 per barrel to support new exploration to meet energy needs, FuelFix reports.
A new poll conducted by The New York Times, Stanford University and Resources for the Future suggests that more than two-thirds of Americans, including 48 percent of Republicans, say they consider themselves more likely to support a candidate who supports action to combat climate change.
The National Biodiesel Board in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency voiced frustration with the agency's delayed implementation of biodiesel mandates, saying the slow movement has caused some producers to reduce staff and forced others into bankruptcy, The Hill reports.
A survey of economists by Bloomberg projects that many of the world's largest crude oil exporters like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar could see budget surpluses take hits and slip into deficits as global oil prices remain low.
Chevron, after posting a 30 percent decrease in earnings from the previous year in the fourth quarter 2014, abandoned plans to explore for shale gas in Poland, dealing a blow to efforts to develop hydraulic fracturing and shale drilling industries in Europe, The New York Times reports.
In an interview with E&E, Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., vice chairwoman of the Natural Resources Committee and leader of a new Interior and EPA oversight panel, discusses her familiarity with development and ranching issues in western states and her plans to limit Obama administration regulations on public land use.