The U.S. International Trade Commission found cause to believe that imports of Chinese solar equipment made with Taiwanese parts would harm the U.S. solar industry, clearing an early hurdle toward extending import duties to such products, Reuters reports.
PRIMM, Nevada (AP) — A windy stretch of the Mojave Desert once roamed by tortoises and coyotes has been transformed by hundreds of thousands of mirrors into the largest solar power plant of its type in the world, a milestone for a growing industry that is testing the balance between wilderness conservation and the pursuit of green energy across the American West.
The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, sprawling across roughly 5 square miles (13 sq. kilometers) of federal land near the California-Nevada border, formally opened Thursday after years of regulatory and legal tangles ranging from relocating protected tortoises to assessing the impact on Mojave milkweed and other plants.
"The Ivanpah project is a shining example of how America is becoming a world leader in solar energy," U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in a statement after attending a dedication ceremony at the site. "This project shows that building a clean-energy economy creates jobs, curbs greenhouse gas emissions and fosters American innovation."
The U.S. International Trade Commission will soon make a preliminary decision on whether or not to pursue a complaint that alleges imports of solar products from China and Taiwan hurt U.S. companies, Bloomberg reports.
PRIMM, Nev. (AP) — A windy stretch of the Mojave Desert once roamed by tortoises and coyotes has been transformed by hundreds of thousands of mirrors into the largest solar power plant of its type in the world, a milestone for a growing industry that is testing the balance between wilderness conservation and the pursuit of green energy across the West.
The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, sprawling across roughly 5 square miles of federal land near the California-Nevada border, formally opens Thursday after years of regulatory and legal tangles ranging from relocating protected tortoises to assessing the impact on Mojave milkweed and other plants.
The $2.2 billion complex of three generating units, owned by NRG Energy Inc., Google Inc. and BrightSource Energy, can produce nearly 400 megawatts — enough power for 140,000 homes. It began making electricity last year.
The American Bird Conservancy and the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance in a letter urged the Fish and Wildlife Service to slow its approval process for a 1000-turbine Power Company of Wyoming wind farm, projecting the plant would kill as many as 64 golden eagles each year, National Journal reports.
NRG's Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station in California, a first-of-its-kind solar farm set to open today with a speech from Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, has come under scrutiny after evidence has linked its tower-and-mirror technology to bird deaths, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Natural Resources Defense Council and the Edison Electric Institute, a trade group representing utilities, announced a cooperative effort in support of a new rate system that would have rooftop panel owners and utilities compensate one another for electric generation, Bloomberg reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. brought a trade complaint against India Monday over a solar energy program it says discriminates against American manufacturers, adding another wrinkle to a bilateral relationship strained by the recent arrest and strip-search of an Indian diplomat.
It is the second time in a year that Washington has requested dispute settlement consultations with India over the program that it contends violates World Trade Organization rules by requiring suppliers use Indian-manufactured solar cells and modules.
U.S. officials say the trade case was in the works long before the December arrest of India's deputy consul general in New York, Devyani Khobragade, who was accused of visa fraud and under-paying her maid. In a compromise, Khobragade was indicted then deported in January, and both governments say they want to repair the relationship.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Caribbean politicians and renewable power experts gathered Tuesday on British billionaire Richard Branson's private isle to discuss ways of transitioning to clean energy in an effort to spur small island nations to slash their dependence on fossil fuels and prepare for the impacts of climate change.
Branson, the CEO and founder of the Virgin Group of companies, is hosting a three-day meeting of political and business leaders at Necker Island, his home in the British Virgin Islands where he has developed an exclusive eco-resort showcasing renewable energy technology.
The event is organized by the Carbon War Room, a nonprofit company Branson co-founded to promote cutbacks in greenhouse-gas emissions through smart private enterprise. It hopes to help small islands become carbon-neutral by accelerating commercial investment. Political delegations from 13 countries and territories, including several heads of state, are attending along with representatives from dozens of companies and multinational organizations.
A cartoon advertisement by the American Petroleum Institute poking fun at the anti-Keystone XL camp of cowboys and Native Americans in Washington this week has drawn fire from some of the protest participants, FuelFix reports.
Polls released Thursday by the American Petroleum Institute and the conservative-leaning Rasmussen Reports found support among U.S. voters for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, The Hill reports.
Lawmakers from North Dakota’s congressional delegation discussed oil train safety with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx as he visited the site of last year’s derailment and explosion in Casselton, The Hill reports.
A White House spokesman Wednesday night challenged a report by Rolling Stone that President Barack Obama will decide against the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project, saying on Twitter that "nobody knows" his thinking, National Journal reports.