Renewable Energy

Minnesota PUC: Xcel should go solar for more capacity

Source: 
Star Tribune

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission decided to replace retiring coal power by ordering Xcel Energy to purchase a combination of solar and natural gas generation that will be supplied in part by $250 million in solar arrays built by Geronimo Energy, the Star Tribune reports.

Eyeing growing home market, NRG buys rooftop solar installer

Source: 
Bloomberg

NRG Energy Inc. says it has acquired Roof Diagnostics Solar Inc., a rooftop installer, part of a push to expand its business beyond grid-focused operations, Bloomberg reports.

Missouri route announced for transmission project

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A company that wants to build transmission lines to move wind energy from Kansas to Indiana has announced its proposed route through Missouri, but opponents say they'll continue the fight to keep the towers and lines away from their land.

Clean Line Energy Partners, based in Houston, hopes to begin construction as early as 2016 on its Grain Belt Express Clean Line. The company on Wednesday asked the Missouri Public Service Commission to approve the route through northern Missouri. No hearing date has been set.

Crowdfunding the new trend in clean energy investment

Source: 
Bloomberg

From Elon Musk's Solar City Corp. to the Trillion Fund in Britain soliciting cash for wind and solar projects, which is backed by fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, clean energy developers are looking to pick up investors online through crowdfunding, Bloomberg reports.

Wind installations blew away with tax credit expiration: Navigant

Source: 
FuelFix

Installations for new U.S. wind installations dropped 93 percent last year as Congress let the tax credit for wind projects expire, according to data gathered by Navigant Research, FuelFix reports.

Maine panel rejects LePage timber harvest bill

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine legislative panel has turned down Gov. Paul LePage's proposal to use revenue generated from increased logging on public lands to fund a program to help residents invest in modern heating equipment and lower their energy costs.

The Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee voted 8-3 Wednesday to recommend to the full Legislature that the bill not pass. The measure would put $1 million from the timber harvest revenue into a fund to help residents pay for things like heat pumps or new insulation systems.

Kansas House rejects Senate plan for energy rules

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A measure to repeal the state's 2009 renewable energy standards for power generation was rejected Wednesday in the Kansas House despite critics who argued the requirements drive up utility bills and unfairly push one industry over another.

The 77-42 vote was one of two procedural votes to reject the measure that was approved 25-15 by the Senate on Tuesday. The bill had the backing of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and small-government groups who oppose government mandates.

NRG looking to expand into residential rooftop solar

Source: 
Bloomberg

Future acquisitions by NRG Energy Inc. are likely to be residential rooftop solar installers, according to CEO David Crane, who told shareholders he sees a period where grid-based power systems co-exist with the "fast-emerging high-growth distributed generation sector," Bloomberg reports.

ACORE Renewable Energy Policy Forum

Washington, March 28, 2014, 8:00 am

American Council On Renewable Energy holds Renewable Energy Policy Forum. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to deliver 11:15 am keynote, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to deliver 3:45 pm keynote. 

Commerce dumping probe includes China's ReneSola

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

ReneSola Ltd., the Chinese manufacturer of solar products, says it has halted shipment of certain products to the U.S. while the Department of Commerce looks into whether they're being dumped -- sold below cost to hurt competitors, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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