Top U.S. solar panel installer SolarCity reported adding customers to generate a 20 percent hike in revenue in the third quarter, to $58.34 million, although that was less than analysts expected and the company’s loss widened compared to the year-ago period, Reuters reports.
DETROIT (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors beat Wall Street's expectations and set a record for deliveries of its Model S sedan in the third quarter, delighting investors even as its losses doubled from a year ago.
Tesla said Wednesday it delivered 7,785 cars during the July-September period. That was slightly below its guidance of 7,800 but up 41.5 percent from the same quarter a year ago.
Abengoa Solar says it has bought out BrightSource Energy’s stake in the controversial Palen solar project and intends to move forward on it, although the company says it has made some configuration changes, and will likely need to receive new approvals from regulators, The Desert Sun reports.
Amazon is planning to use waste heat from a data center at its new campus in Seattle, in a design for energy efficiency that – if copied – offers potential to help the city become carbon neutral, according to City Council member Mike O’Brien, The Seattle Times reports.
TOKYO (AP) — Nissan's quarterly profit jumped nearly 15 percent to a better-than-expected 124.9 billion yen ($1.1 billion) as vehicle sales improved in almost all regions.
The Japanese automaker, behind the Leaf electric car, Altima compact and Infiniti luxury brand, stuck to its profit forecast for the full fiscal year through March 2015 at 405 billion yen ($3.6 billion).
The battle by Ohio utilities to overturn a Public Utilities Commission ruling barring them from imposing special charges on customers who generate their own solar power is headed to the state Supreme Court, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Increased demand is leading SolarWorld Americas to spend $10 million expanding its solar modules plant, and the company announced it will be hiring 200 additional workers as well, The New York Times reports.
TOKYO (AP) — Like other Japanese who were banking on this country's sweeping move toward clean energy, Junichi Oba is angry.
Oba, a consultant, had hoped to supplement his future retirement income in a guilt-free way and invested $200,000 in a 50 kilowatt solar-panel facility, set up earlier this year in a former rice paddy near his home in southwestern Japan.
Comments from Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi that OPEC would not cut production “whatever the price is,” triggered a fresh slide Monday. U.S. benchmark crude dropped 3.3 percent, or $1.87, to $55.26 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent fell 2 percent to $60.11, Reuters reports.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz should not support legislation introduced by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., to speed up approvals of LNG exports, a coalition of 114 environmental groups said in a letter Monday, The Hill reports.
For illegal waste disposal and causing a landslide that diverted streams, shale gas driller Vantage Energy Appalachia LLC has been ordered to pay a penalty of $999,900 by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Arizona Corporation Commissioners didn’t approve, but didn’t object to plans for Arizona Public Service Co. to spend $28.5 million to put free solar on the roofs of 1,500 customers in order to test west-facing solar panels and voltage regulators, The Arizona Republic reports.
With continued mild weather and the fear of frigid cold receding, natural gas prices slumped 31 cents to the lowest level in nearly two years, at $3.144 per million British thermal units, FuelFix reports.
In Wyoming, Republican state Rep. John Patton is introducing legislation to upend a ban on using Next Generation Science Standards, the teaching of climate change science, seeking to leave the matter up to the state Board of Education to decide, National Journal reports.
The sale of Morgan Stanley’s oil trading and storage business to Russian oil giant Rosneft has been scuppered by failure to win approval from U.S. regulators, the companies announced Monday, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Joe Rodota, whose Forward Observer operation has worked environmental issues for years out in California – most recently in support of legislation banning single-use plastic bags – has had an office in Washington D.C. for the past two years, although he declined to tell E&E about his clients there.
Meteorologist Bob Simpson, who died last week aged 102, pushed for establishment of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, helped develop the Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity in use today, and also founded a Hawaiian observatory where carbon measurements were refined, among other accomplishments, The Washington Post reports.
Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the ruined Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, says it has managed to remove fuel rods from the vulnerable No. 4 reactor building, and they are being placed in an undamaged storage pool, The New York Times reports.