The Energy Department is getting some qualified support from its internal watchdog over its use of economic stimulus dollars to help the domestic electric car battery industry, just as President Barack Obama seeks to rebut Republican criticism of his green energy agenda.
While DOE's Inspector General found the department can make improvements in the $2 billion Advanced Batteries and Hybrid Components Program, it called for no overhaul of the program and could not substantiate an allegation of a potential conflict of interest.
Confronting withering criticism from Republicans, a top Energy Department official insists the agency's clean energy loan program has been an "enormous success" despite financial troubles at several of the companies it helped.
The joint hearing Thursday by two House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittees provided an election-year forum to debate the role of government in encouraging clean energy and the risks to taxpayers.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranked the United States ninth in energy efficiency out of 12 major global economies, reporting that the U.S. has made "limited or little progress toward greater efficiency at the national level."
SEATTLE (AP) — Scientists knew ocean-going fish would eventually return to the Elwha River on Washington state's Olympic Peninsula, once two massive concrete dams were torn down. They just didn't think it would happen so soon.
Biologists tracking fish in a tributary of the Elwha last month spotted wild steelhead that likely made it on their own past the site where the Elwha Dam stood for nearly a century — before it was dismantled in March as part of the nation's largest dam removal project.
Global clean energy investment increased by 24 percent to $56.9 billion in the second quarter of 2012, with Chinese investments on solar parks and wind farms rising 92 percent alone, Bloomberg reports.
Two solar manufacturers are requesting loans through the Energy Department's loan guarantee program, Bloomberg reports. The companies would be the first to access credit from the program since Solyndra's bankruptcy last September.