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.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have reportedly reached agreement on a temporary fix for the highway funding crisis, so that is likely to be one of the accomplishments for lawmakers during a busy week ahead of their summer recess, National Journal reports.
Easing overseas demand, an oversupply of crude and weaker refining margins are combining to keep the pressure on crude prices despite ongoing turmoil in Gaza and Ukraine Monday, Reuters reports, noting that U.S. benchmark crude fell 68 cents to $101.41 a barrel, while Brent crude dropped 66 cents to $107.73.
Republicans used their weekly broadcast to attack President Obama’s climate policy, which they say amounts to a “war on coal.” This week the address was delivered by Rep. Steve Daines of Montana, who is challenging incumbent Democrat Sen. John Walsh for his seat, The Hill reports.
Despite ongoing concerns from the farming community – where her outreach efforts have had mixed success -- and continuing opposition from Republicans, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy is refusing to back down from WOTUS, or Waters of the United States, the EPA’s proposed rule outlining which bodies of water it has jurisdiction over, National Journal reports.
The decision about lifting the ban on crude exports should rest on what’s good for the overall economy, not just what’s good for refiners, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, told Platts Energy Week on Sunday.
The fight against a charge Rocky Mountain Power wants to impose on net metering customers is generating strong feelings in Utah and attracting attention from elsewhere around the country, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Although Commerce Department moves to slap duties on Chinese solar products are preliminary, they have already triggered an increase in prices and appear to have helped companies like SolarCity and SolarWorld, The New York Times reports.
International efforts to control emissions ahead of the next round of climate talks have been hit hard by Australia repealing its pioneering carbon tax, which has left Europe isolated in its efforts, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Russia will overcome any economic difficulties caused by Western sanctions over Ukraine, but also won’t respond with “hysterics” that descend into tit-for-tat impositions of retaliatory measures, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told journalists Monday, Reuters reports.