BrightSource Energy and Abengoa Solar said Friday they won’t be going ahead with the proposed Palen solar project, in part because construction wouldn’t be finished by the end of 2016 and so it wouldn’t be eligible for the expiring 30 percent investment tax credit, The Desert Sun reports.
If efficiency of perovskite continues to improve, the crystalline structures may offer a cheaper alternative to silicon or could be partnered with it to make better solar cells, The Wall Street Journal reports.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft is planned to start and finish its first round-the-world flight from the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi, a government-backed renewable energy company in the oil-rich Gulf federation said Thursday.
The choice of Abu Dhabi as the launch site for the historic journey is likely to bolster the wealthy emirate's efforts to position itself as a champion of renewable energy. It controls the bulk of the vast petroleum reserves in the Emirates, a seven-state federation that ranks among the largest oil exporters in OPEC.
The owners of the Ivanpah solar project in the Mojave Desert -- including NRG Energy, Google and BrightSource Energy -- have applied for Treasury Department grants even as they have delayed paying back millions borrowed through Energy Department loans, according to documents tracked by The Wall Street Journal.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State and federal officials sought Tuesday to bring order to California's boom for renewable-energy plants in the Mojave and other southern California deserts, releasing a roadmap covering 22.5 million acres that designates some areas for large-scale solar, wind and geothermal plants and others for conservation of desert habitat and animals.
"We have amazingly special places here," U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a news conference at a desert wind farm near Palm Springs with U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer and other officials releasing the multi-agency draft plan.
Now that solar modules are cheaper, SolarCity says it will install panels more densely on flat rooftops and put them angled toward each other in an east-west orientation, which should generate more power earlier and later in the day, at times when the electricity demand is higher, E&E reports.
Two members of the California Energy Commission have recommended that the first phase of the Palen Solar Electric Generating System be approved despite continuing concerns of environmentalists worried about the project’s impact on the Joshua Tree National Park and the welfare of migrating birds, E&E reports.
Dominion Resources says it will install 2,500 solar panels at a Capital One Financial Corp. project in Virginia with the eventual capacity of 500 kilowatts, as well as purchasing two solar energy projects from EDF Renewable Energy in California totalling 42 megawatts, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.
Duke Energy is committing to installing three solar facilities in North Carolina as well as signing power purchase deals with five other new solar projects in the state, for a total of 278 megawatts of capacity at a cost of $500 million, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.
Renew Missouri is suing the state Public Service Commission over Empire District Electric Co.’s stance that it is exempt from solar provisions in the state’s renewable energy standard, and arguments are to be heard before the Missouri Supreme Court in the case Sept. 18, E&E reports.
The deadlines for meeting the goals in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan don’t represent a glide path, but “a cliff,” an executive with a Phoenix-area utility told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission during a regional meeting intended to gather feedback, E&E reports.
Moves to develop carbon capture technology would get a boost from legislation introduced Thursday by Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., which designates more Energy Department funding for research and also offers incentives for those who adopt so-called “clean coal” technology, The Hill reports.
Three senior House Republicans, including Energy and Commerce chair Rep. Fred Upton, have sent a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, demanding to know whether his department was planning any use for Yucca Mountain other than accepting nuclear waste, E&E reports.
Fracking opponents have filed a petition with Gov. Jerry Brown, D-Calif., demanding that he ban hydraulic fracturing in the state because of the threat the practice poses to health and safety, The Hill reports.
The cleanup costs to states for abandoned wells – a burden they’re not well equipped to take on – could skyrocket as lower oil prices take some of the steam out of the shale drilling boom, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A natural Pacific Ocean cooling cycle has helped to keep global warming in check over the past decade, say researchers writing in the journal Science, but they warn that warming is likely to accelerate again once the cycle finishes, Reuters reports.
Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, threw a snowball at the Senate's presiding officer as he gave a speech criticizing what he called the “hysteria” over climate change, National Journal reports.
The letters sent to universities by Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., the ranking member on the House Natural Resources Committee, asking about funding sources for researchers’ climate studies, has generated criticism and protest from academics, National Journal reports.
Jim Gordon, president of the stalled offshore project Cape Wind, has offered praise for the push to get a wind power coalition off the ground, and also backed a measure introduced in the state legislature that would require utilities to buy certain quantities of wind and hydropower, WWLP reports.