The number of new clean energy and transportation jobs announced by developers more than doubled in the second quarter compared to first quarter of this year, to 12,500, the business group Environmental Entrepreneurs reported.
The sector rebounded after a dip in the first quarter, when about 5,600 jobs were added nationally. Still, the number for the second quarter was only about a third of the 38,600 jobs announced in the same period last year, when the renewable energy sector was surging.
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A U.S investment group has signed a $480 million deal to build two solar energy plants in central Myanmar, one of the largest investments by an American firm since the easing of U.S. sanctions.
The agreement, inked by the ACO Investment Group and the Ministry of Energy, is aimed at helping ease electricity shortages in the country of 60 million, which only recently emerged from a half-century of military rule and self-imposed isolation.
The debate over the number of desert birds that could be killed flying through a major proposed solar project in California shows no sign of waning, even as one of the developers has moved to counter criticism by an environmental group that has taken on new life this week.
The fight, in advance of a decision by the state on the project, shows how little is known about the impacts to birds from an emerging utility-scale solar power technology, one that both sides agree scorches birds in mid-air. The question neither can answer definitively is how often that happens.
The California Senate approved and sent to Governor Jerry Brown a bill to streamline the solar permit process, intended to make it easier and quicker for homeowners to get solar power installations up and running, according to LBReport.com.
A burdensome approval process and delays in the city’s Department of Water and Power in getting customers hooked up to the grid is putting a damper on solar power installations in L.A., the Los Angeles Times reports.
Estimates of a bird burning to death every two minutes at the Ivanpah solar project are inflated, according to a spokesman for NRG Energy, which operates the facility built by BrightSource Energy and says 321 birds died there in the first half of the year, Bloomberg reports.
IVANPAH DRY LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays — "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair
Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one "streamer" every two minutes, are urging California officials to halt the operator's application to build a still-bigger version.
The investigators want the halt until the full extent of the deaths can be assessed. Estimates per year now range from a low of about a thousand by BrightSource to 28,000 by an expert for the Center for Biological Diversity environmental group.
Furthering the goal of energizing people “wherever they are,” according to CEO David Crane, NRG Energy has acquired the mobile solar startup Goal Zero for an undisclosed amount of cash, The New York Times reports.
Peabody Energy Corp., the largest U.S. coal producer, reported lower sales and revenue in the fourth quarter, cut its dividend and announced a projection for a first quarter loss that was wider than expected, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Having received criticism in the past for failing to stay on top of severe weather response efforts, Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., has generated a personal blizzard of tweets about Tuesday's winter storm, National Journal reports.
Oil jumped Tuesday on a weaker dollar despite reports of a continuing build in stockpiles. U.S. benchmark crude gained $1.08 to finish Nymex trading at $46.23 a barrel, while in London Brent soared 3 percent, or $1.44, to $49.60, Reuters reports.
The CEOs of four refiners -– members of the Consumers and Refiners United for Domestic Energy -– have sent a letter to Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska and new chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, asking that their views on lifting the crude export ban be heard by the panel, FuelFix reports.
Florida Power & Light’s plans to put in solar systems in three different locations, nearly doubling the state’s solar capacity by adding 225 megawatts of generation, shouldn’t result in higher costs for consumers, the company said, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will discuss the Obama administration’s climate action plan with senior officials at the Vatican when she makes a stop there Friday, according to the National Catholic Reporter.
Calling it a new Magna Carta for the Earth, Prince Charles said it’s imperative that a new global climate deal be reached this year, adding that it’s a “last chance” to save the world from an “irreversible situation,” The Guardian reports.
A well site supervisor from Houston -– Race Addington -– will face charges he lied to federal inspectors about tests on a blowout preventer on an offshore platform in November 2012, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Orleans, The Associated Press reports.