President Barack Obama will announce on Friday new steps to spur energy efficiency and solar power and will tout the completed installation of solar panels on the White House roof, aides said.
Work to install the panels began last fall, and the finished project marks the return of solar power to the roof last seen in 1986, when panels installed by former President Jimmy Carter to heat water were taken down by President Ronald Reagan.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Clouds may still linger over relations between Washington and Tehran, but that's not stopping a group of Iranian students and their teachers from gearing up for a summer road trip through the American heartland.
Fueled by the sun and their hopes to shine in a first for the Islamic Republic, the 19-strong team is preparing to bring an Iranian solar car to compete in the United States for the first time, in the American Solar Challenge in July.
Residential installer SolarCity reported a net loss of $24.1 million in the first quarter, substantially smaller than a year earlier, and said it might install up to 110 megawatts of panels in the second quarter, Reuters reports.
DENVER (AP) — Xcel Energy and two solar industry groups have made a joint interim proposal to Colorado utility regulators on incentives that encourage customers to put panels on their roofs, they said Tuesday.
In announcing their agreement a day before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission opens hearing on Xcel's renewable-energy policy plan, they made clear the contentious issue of net metering remains unresolved.
A spokesman for NRG, the operator of the Ivanpah solar thermal power plant in California, says it’s premature for scientists with the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory to call the facility a death trap for birds, The Atlantic reports.
The relatively big growth of solar power in the U.S. over the last four years is expected to continue, the Energy Department reported this week.
Total solar generating capacity from residential, commercial and utility projects more than quadrupled from 2010 to February, the Energy Information Administration said in its monthly electricity update issued Tuesday, to 1.13 percent of domestic capacity.
In a notice filed in the Federal Register Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency said it won’t decide until February whether to block work on Alaska’s Pebble Mine, giving itself more time to review the extensive public comments it has received, The Hill reports.
Environment and Public Works Committee chair Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., has weighed in on the negotiations over new chemical safety legislation, raising GOP hackles by making public a draft being worked on by ranking Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana along with her critique of it and her own proposal, E&E reports.
Rob Merrifield, the man who’ll be Alberta's next envoy in Washington, told The Globe and Mail in an interview that an oil train disaster similar to the destructive derailment in Lac-Megantic would finally force U.S. officials into approving the Keystone XL pipeline.
Shares in TransCanada, the company behind Keystone XL, have increased 70 percent in the six years the project has been stalled – that’s one of the points Bloomberg Businessweek notes as it looks back over the history of the proposed pipeline.
Ahead of the summit next week in New York, more than 1,400 organizations have been planning for a People’s Climate March Sunday that will be the largest protest on the issue in history, to include the famous and the powerful like U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Rolling Stone reports.
Preliminary reports blamed the radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico on a single ruptured barrel that came from Los Alamos National Laboratory, but Joe Franco, who manages the Department of Energy’s field office in Carlsbad, told a public meeting that there may have been a problem with plutonium contamination from a second container, Reuters reports.
Rising inventories and a dollar gaining on the expectations of an interest rate hike pressured oil prices Friday. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery fell 66 cents to $92.41 on the Nymex but ended the week slightly higher, while in London November Brent settled up 69 cents to $98.39, an increase of 1.3 percent on the week, Bloomberg reports.
German giant Siemens AG is likely to edge out rival bidder Sulzer of Switzerland to take over Texas oil equipment-maker Dresser-Rand, as it’s preparing a cash offer topping $6 billion, people familiar with the situation told The Wall Street Journal.
Ethanol assessments were at their lowest point in more than four years Thursday after an Energy Information Administration report indicating supplies hit an 18-month high of 18.8 million barrels the week ending Sept. 12, Platts reports.
The Scottish “no” vote on independence – which was welcomed by Royal Dutch Shell's CEO – lifts the burden of uncertainty from oil companies, leaving them clear to focus on how to get more out of declining North Sea oilfields, Platts reports.