Renewable Energy

China a major player in race to unlock clean ocean energy

The Wall Street Journal

Europeans may have been the first to test methods of getting clean energy from the ocean -- which include underwater turbines, wave floats and systems that work with water temperature -- but The Wall Street Journal reports that China is moving into the sector in a big way.

Utility alleges fraud in Montana wind farm deal

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A California utility that invested in a Montana wind farm has accused the developer of fraudulently concealing that federal wildlife officials recommended the project get a permit in case it harms eagles.

San Diego Gas & Electric and a subsidiary of Spanish wind developer NaturEner filed dueling lawsuits in California and Montana stemming from a dispute over the wind farm near Cut Bank.

Hawaiian Telecom to cut energy costs with solar panels

Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Hawaiian Telecom is looking to sign a 25-year deal with contractors TSWG Solar and Sunetric to install and maintain solar panels on 78 of its buildings around the state in a push to cut its energy costs, according to a filing with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports.

Tesla pledges to use North American materials at massive battery factory


Tesla Motors Inc. says it will use North American-sourced materials at the battery 'gigafactory' it plans to build in the U.S., Bloomberg reports.

Altaeros Energies looking to install high-altitude wind turbines in Alaska

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Boston-based Altaeros Energies is months away from deploying any of its high-altitude devices, called Bouyant Airborne Turbines or BATs, in Alaska, as it's in the early stages of applying for permits, a company official told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Utility customers who install renewables could face surcharge in Okla.

The Oklahoman

Utility customers in Oklahoma who install solar panels or small wind turbines would pay a monthly surcharge under a measure set to be considered by the state House Utility and Environmental Regulation Committee Monday, which has already been approved unanimously in the state Senate, The Oklahoman reports.

Wind, solar bills move through Iowa Senate, E15 delayed

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa senators last week unanimously approved bills designed to encourage the state's production of wind and solar power, but a proposal to encourage more use of renewable fuels was delayed because of concerns about cost.

While the Senate voted 46-0 for the solar and wind bills, Republican leader Sen. Bill Dix sought a delay in the biofuels bill, which would temporarily increase the tax credit for E15, a fuel with 15 percent corn-based ethanol. Most fuel sold in Iowa has 10 percent ethanol.

Fuel-cell maker Ballard expected to report 1st ever profitable year


As the fuel-cell maker is likely to announce a balance sheet in the black for first time in its 21-year history, the outgoing CEO of Ballard Power Systems, John Sheridan, told Bloomberg that the company has changed radically in the years since it was hit hard by the burst of a technology bubble back in 2000.

Tesla's GM in China departs


Kingston Chang, the General Manager for Tesla Motors' operation in China, has left the company after about a year in the post, Bloomberg reports, noting that the move comes not long after Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced his intention to expand operations there.

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee photo

Wyden tax breaks extension bill expected

The one potential energy bill that could win enactment this year is expected to emerge in draft form as soon as this week from Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden.

Wyden, D-Ore., had not tipped his hand on the exact timing of the a package of business tax breaks extenders or renewals that he has said should include the renewable energy Production Tax Credit, a key support for the wind industry that expired in December.


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