AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate failed to muster enough support Wednesday to revive a bill that would have restored a program that provides rebates for residents and businesses who install solar panels.
Despite strong support in the Democratic-led House earlier this week, the effort to overturn Republican Gov. Paul LePage's veto fell two votes short of the two-thirds majority support it needed in the Senate, killing the bill as lawmakers make their way through the final days of the legislative session.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's House of Representatives has voted to overturn Gov. Paul LePage's veto of a bill restoring a rebate program for solar panels.
The Democratic-led House voted 105-41 to override the Republican governor's veto of the bill that would provide $1 million for the program that would last more than two years. It now goes to the Senate.
Los Angeles, generating 132 megawatts, tops the list of 57 major U.S. cities producing solar power, according to a study released by Environment California Research and Policy Center, which found that San Diego came in second, public radio KPCC reports.
HONOLULU (AP) — A team led by Hawaiian Electric has won a $500,000 federal grant to develop ways for utilities to manage increased amounts of solar power and other renewable energy on their electric grids.
The team includes the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and several companies, like Siemens and Alstom which are both leading providers of energy management systems. Honolulu-based Referentia Systems is providing secure information technology and data analytic capabilities.
PHOENIX (AP) — Just a day after adopting a $9.23 billion state budget, the Arizona House and Senate gave final approval Tuesday to a pair of tax cuts for manufacturers, including one that would give a multi-million-dollar tax credit to the world's biggest corporation to install and run a solar facility.
The Legislature approved Senate Bill 1413, pushed by Gov. Jan Brewer, eliminating sales taxes on electricity purchased by manufacturers and mining smelters. It is expected to cost the state general fund $17 million a year. Brewer called for the elimination of the tax in her State of the State address in January, saying it was needed to make Arizona more competitive and draw new manufacturing to the state.
Abengoa Yield, a subsidiary of the Spanish energy company Abengoa, announced that it plans to raise up to $600 million in its initial public offering for U.S. investors, Bloomberg reports, noting that the firm intends to list its shares on the Nasdaq.
As part of its attempt to get more out of shale, BP has tapped industry veteran David Lawler, who’d worked most recently at Oklahoma-based Sandridge Energy Inc., to run a new unit devoted to its onshore business in the Lower 48 states, The Hill reports.
Obama administration policies – particularly those involving the environment – would be the target of major spending restrictions in a Republican-controlled Congress, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. and the man who could lead a GOP-majority Senate, told Politico in an interview on his campaign bus.
Data from the Energy Information Administration showing a 4.5 million barrel decline in U.S. crude stocks last week fuelled a rise in prices as the front month contract expired. West Texas Intermediate crude for September delivery jumped $1.59 to settle at $96.07 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, the October contract gained 59 cents to close at $93.45 and in London October Brent ended 72 cents higher at $102.28, Reuters reports.
Buyers purchasing Iraqi crude that isn’t authorized for sale by the central government may be helping to finance the Islamic State extremist group, according to a statement from the country’s oil ministry, Platts reports.
Issues in Massachusetts that have stalled and possibly killed a plan agreed by New England governors to improve energy infrastructure and increase natural gas pipeline capacity in the region have left other states –- like Maine -– looking to take their own initiative, the Portland Press Herald reports.
A startup that’s looking into ways of converting methane into ethylene and gasoline – Siluria Technologies of San Francisco – has raised nearly $100 million in investment, including $30 million from an arm of oil company Saudi Aramco, FuelFix reports.
Global warming and environmental issues are becoming more and more important to Hispanic voters, according to an analysis of nine different polls that was commissioned by the Hispanic Access Foundation, National Journal reports.
Climate change will mean worsening air pollution, according to scientists interviewed by The New York Times, who call it the climate penalty and explain that more sunlight means more chemical reactions with automobile exhaust and other polluting agents to create more ozone.