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.
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.
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.
SolarCity's construction of a 12-megawatt solar plant on Kauai, one of the biggest such energy farms in Hawaii, is proceeding on schedule and should be finished as planned in July, the Pacific Business News reports.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, having heard arguments this week, is set to decide Thursday whether the state's future energy needs will be best met by Geronimo Energy's proposed $250 million solar array or adding another natural gas generating unit at one of three existing power plants, the Star Tribune reports.
Midwest Energy and the Clean Energy Collective of Colorado have signed a deal to build a 1-megawatt solar array in Kansas and offer Midwest's electricity customers a chance to buy into the 'solar garden' concept, essentially giving them the opportunity to own and run a panel without having to install it on their own property, The Hutchinson News reports.
KENNER, La. (AP) — The sweeping curves and glass walls of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport's planned new terminal building have defined that project since the design was released last month, but the futuristic architecture is not the only forward-looking aspect of the project.
Airport officials say they are also embarking on an ambitious plan: harnessing enough solar energy to fully power the airport, allowing it to operate independently most of the time, and especially when disaster strikes.
The solar proposal is still in its early stages but is included in the official cost projections for the $826 million airport revamp, which includes the new $650 million terminal on the north side of the property, a hotel and a new Interstate 10 flyover ramp. If it happens, it would apparently make Armstrong the only airport in the country capable of running on self-generated solar power.
Hawaii Electric Co.'s stricter rules have prompted some homeowners to turn on their solar panels illegally, according to the state's Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, which is investigating the practice, KHON reports.
Heavily traded shares in First Solar Inc. Wednesday hit levels not seen in two years after the company predicted a rise in 2014 revenue, up to $4 billion, and said it was developing new power plants using General Electric transformers, Reuters reports.
In an Environment and Public Works Committee hearing Wednesday, Republican Sens. John Barrasso of Wyoming and David Vitter of Louisiana criticized Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy over charges that the Natural Resources Defense Council was the driving force behind the EPA’s rule limiting carbon emissions from existing power plants, but McCarthy replied that was a “discredit” to the hard work of her staff, E&E reports.
Madelyn Creedon, formerly assistant secretary of Defense, has received Senate confirmation to become the principal deputy administrator in the Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration, the number two post in the NNSA, National Journal reports.
It’s unlikely any legislation to get states like Louisiana a bigger share of oil and gas revenue will be moving through the Senate anytime soon, and Energy and Natural Resources Committee chair Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., was realistic about the hurdles when she spoke about the issue Tuesday, E&E reports.
Freeport-McMoRan Inc. considers its best prospects for growth to be in deep water oil and gas fields in the Gulf of Mexico, vice chairman Jim Flores said Wednesday, adding that the company will likely sell off up to $5 billion worth of land-based assets to help pay for it, Bloomberg reports.
Looking back on the failed attempt to repeal the renewable portfolio standard in the state legislature’s recent session, Gov. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., on Wednesday reaffirmed his support for wind energy and urged a compromise between supporters and opponents of renewables, The Wichita Eagle reports.
Southern Company CEO Tom Fanning told reporters Wednesday that his company –- which is already building two new nuclear reactors in Georgia -– hopes to announce plans before the end of 2014 for more nuclear construction using the same AP1000 reactor design, Platts reports.
A Harris poll conducted for the American Petroleum Institute found 68 percent of those surveyed support offshore drilling, and Americans likewise back an increase in oil and gas production, FuelFix reports.
The Department of Energy loan program designed to encourage advanced technologies has around a 2 percent default rate and has used only 10 percent of a mandated reserve fund, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Wednesday, The Hill reports.