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Tax extenders, nominees remain on Senate to-do list

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.

Malaysia pulling bigger share of solar panel manufacturing

The New York Times

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.

Boss of Tesla’s China operation quits


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.

Tesla stock slumping but not on lower oil prices: Analysts

The Wall Street Journal

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.

US over 16 gigawatts of solar as installations jump


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.

National Grid joins proposal for 300-mile cable in Maine

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.

Maine a national clean energy leader: Pew

Bangor Daily News

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.

Japan pushing home fuel cell technology


Japanese manufacturers like Panasonic are looking to cut the cost of fuel cell technology to make it cheap enough to be an option for the home, Bloomberg reports.

Green light for 128 MW of Duke solar projects in NC

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.

Walden Pond where Thoreau lived simply goes solar

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.


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