Kotzebue, Alaska was getting power amounting to 20 percent of its average electricity demand from a wind farm last year, and now hopes to boost its effectiveness by adding battery storage to the village microgrid, E&E reports.
A Carnegie study released Monday found that new solar projects in California are being located in natural landscapes instead of developed areas, affecting wildlife habitats and reducing arable land, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
The National Hydropower Association launched a promotional blitz Monday that argues a permitting process for hydropower projects that can take “up to ten years” isn’t acceptable for a government focused on cutting carbon emissions and expanding clean energy, The Hill reports.
Officials are cutting the ribbon Monday on a borehole thermal energy system – said to be the first in the country -- that will provide heating to the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Ga., The Telegraph reports.
Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric said at a conference last week that battery storage is becoming competitive with natural gas-fired plants when it comes to providing power to handle peaks on the grid, Bloomberg reports.
The City Council in the Texas capital has increased Austin Energy's solar power purchases from 288 megawatts to more than 400 megawatts, and set a long-term goal of 600 megawatts, the Austin Monitor reports.
While some solar companies are sanguine about the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission decision to close net metering programs to new customers, the head of the local Sierra Club chapter slammed the move, Pacific Business News reports.
T. Boone Pickens’ Mesa Power is waging a legal battle against NextEra Energy, alleging that Ontario’s decision to award $3.8 billion in wind power contracts to the company was based on favoritism after the Florida-based firm gave $18,600 in donations to the Liberal Party in Canada, The New York Times reports.
Massachusetts is scrambling to find low-carbon energy with the impending closure of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, and state Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton believes hydropower offers a “cost competitive” alternative, the Boston Herald reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency has told a federal appeals court that it has reversed its approval for Dow Chemical’s Enlist Duo while it reviews information from the company that the pesticide may be more toxic to plants than previously thought, The Hill reports.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked a deposition scheduled for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy in a lawsuit brought by coal company Murray Energy challenging EPA’s regulatory agenda, The Hill reports.
A Senate vote on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change back in 1992 may hold the key to Obama administration hopes for getting any Paris climate deal to hold up in the face of GOP opposition, National Journal reports.
Nine major corporations -- including Proctor & Gamble, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola -- have pledged up to $10 million apiece to the Closed Loop Fund, which provides low- or no-interest loans to cities and companies seeking to improve recycling infrastructure, The New York Times reports.
Oil prices were rising early Monday despite continuing concerns about oversupply and little expectation that OPEC members would be willing to change their production policy. U.S. benchmark crude jumped 32 cents to $42.03 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent gained 48 cents to $45.34, Reuters reports.
States, Native American tribes, the Treasury and conservation funds will see a cut this year in the royalty payments they receive from drilling on federal lands, with only $9.8 billion being disbursed, a decline of $3.5 billion compared to 2014, FuelFix reports.
Most of the electricity generated by rooftop solar panels isn’t counted toward renewable energy targets set in California’s new energy law signed by the governor in October, an omission that has financial consequences for panel owners and utility customers, the Los Angeles Times reports.
In a move already approved by a bankruptcy court, Energy Future Holdings Corp. subsidiary Luminant is purchasing two natural gas-fired plants from NextEra Energy’s La Frontera Ventures unit for $1.59 billion, FuelFix reports.
Global leaders have waited so long to agree on action to cut greenhouse gas emissions that moves to limit the world’s temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius may no longer be feasible, The Washington Post reports, citing scientists.
Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates told the Wall Street Journal that more than two dozen private investors are joining to put up more than $1 billion for an initiative intended to boost businesses looking to commercialize concepts generated by energy research, even as 20 governments have pledged to double their research support.