Spanish island aims to be 1st to go all-renewable


El Hierro, a part of Spain’s Canary Island chain, hopes to become the first island in the world to get all of its power from renewable energy, now that its Gorona del Viento wind and water turbine farm has started operation, NPR reports.

Renewable energy plan hinges on huge Utah caverns

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.

The caverns in central Utah would serve as a kind of massive battery on a scale never before seen, helping to overcome the fact that — even in Wyoming — wind doesn't blow all the time.

Car-mounted wind energy device tested in Korea

Los Angeles Times

Car-mounted technology called flutter-driven triboelectrification has the potential to generate enough energy to charge a cell phone or tablet, according to Korean researchers writing in the journal Nature Communications, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Things to know about $8B wind energy proposal

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — An alliance of four companies has proposed an $8 billion project to supply the Los Angeles area with large amounts of electricity from a wind farm in Wyoming. Here are a few things to know about the ambitious project:

Wind energy proposal would light Los Angeles homes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The push for clean energy to reduce greenhouse gases has led to multibillion-dollar investments in wind and solar projects, but finding an economical way to store renewable energy that comes and goes like the breeze or the sun has proved challenging.

An alliance of four companies say they have found an answer in an underground salt formation.

Proposal would send Wyoming wind energy to LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four companies proposed an $8 billion project Tuesday that within a decade could send wind energy generated on the plains of Wyoming to power-thirsty households in Southern California.

The sprawling project — if approved and financed — would create one of the country's largest wind farms 40 miles north of Cheyenne, a huge energy storage site inside caverns in a Utah salt formation and a 525-mile electric transmission line connecting them.

US, California release roadmap for solar projects

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.

UK renewable subsidies safe after Scotland ‘no’


Scotland’s rejection of a move to independence leaves British renewable subsidies in place -- the issue had concerned the industry since more than 40 percent of U.K. wind power comes from the region, Bloomberg reports.

Cape Wind signs lease with Mass. for staging area

The Boston Globe

The staging area to gather workers, materials and equipment to build the Cape Wind offshore wind farm will be in New Bedford, Massachusetts, as the company behind the project has signed a two-year, $4.5 million lease with the state to use a terminal at the port there, The Boston Globe reports.


Clean energy jobs return, but at reduced pace

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.


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