October 25, 2018
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Electric-car company Tesla has posted its first quarterly profit since late 2016 as sales of its Model 3 soared. The results follow a difficult quarter in which the company dealt with delivery delays and a federal regulator's lawsuit over a tweet by CEO Elon Musk.
Sunny Arizona will soon vote on whether to increase its requirements for renewable energy. The ballot measure is one of the key clean energy fights this November, as advocates say Arizona is falling short of its solar power potential.
The Asia-Pacific region is seeing a flattening of its solar power growth due to changes in subsidies, while offshore wind is growing. Although solar growth has slowed, the region remains the world leader and will keep that status going forward, according to a new report on current and projected activity.
NextEra Energy, a leading renewable-energy developer, says the price of wind power will continue to fall because of technological advances, helping to cancel out price increases tied to the phase-out of a federal tax credit.
Researchers have found that solar panel sales are highest in towns where "solar ambassadors" talked about the benefits of their own systems to neighbors, as opposed to outsiders doing the sales.
October 24, 2018
New York is getting closer to becoming the fourth state with an energy storage target, but there are big questions about the best way to meet the goal. Some far, the details are hazy, such as whether the state would run a central purchasing office and the extent of state incentives.
Dyson, the British vacuum cleaner company, says it will build a factory in Singapore to assemble its first electric car. Dyson announced more than a year ago that it was planning to enter the EV market. The company is betting that its expertise in batteries will translate to cars. It's planning to spend $2.7 billion on the effort.
Researchers in Sweden are developing a way that the body of an electric car can become part of its battery. The Chalmers University of Technology team is looking at a way to turn a car's body, which is typically dead weight, into electrodes that are integrated into the power system.
Tesla is just one of several companies working on all-electric semi trucks. Volvo, Hyundai and Navistar are planning their own entrants in a market that could help to cut back on a major source of emissions: diesel engines.
October 23, 2018
The global energy transition will reach a point by 2035 when its momentum is so strong that fossil fuels will enter into an irreversible decline, according to a report from Wood Mackenzie. By that year, renewables likely will be meeting 20 percent of global power demand, up from 7 percent today, the analysts say.
New Jersey's solar market could be in trouble as the state's solar renewable energy credit program begins to wind down and other legislative changes are set to take effect. Sierra Club officials say the law must be changed to avoid a market crash in 2020.
A startup in Israel is developing tiny solar panels that allow household devices to sustainably generate their own power. The work by 3GSolar Photovoltaics Ltd. is a sign that falling costs are allowing renewable energy technologies to be an increasing part of our everyday lives.
Audi's first electric sport utility vehicle will hit showrooms a month later than planned because of an issue with a software update. The delay is an unwelcome speed bump in the rollout of one of the most anticipated EVs to hit the market.
Drivers in Australia could soon charge their electric vehicles in just 15 minutes with a network of super-fast charging systems being introduced on routes between major cities. There will initially be 21 charging sites, each powered by renewable energy.
October 22, 2018
The Interior Department has taken the first steps to allow offshore wind developers to lease waters off California. State regulators and utilities hope that floating wind turbines could be online within six years. Offshore wind development has been slowed by the depths of the Pacific near its shore.
An Arizona utility regulator appears to have recycled utility talking points in an interview with a Wall Street analyst, according to newly disclosed emails. This disclosure reinforces concerns that the state's major utility has an inappropriate level of influence with the panel.
Building solar power in New York City has always been a challenge, with tall buildings that block the sun for much of the day. But clean-energy developers are working to overcome those obstacles and finding that residents and businesses have a strong desire to install solar.
Officials in the small town of Walden, Colorado, have developed a solar array that floats on a pond at a municipal water-treatment plant. The project is the first floating solar array of this type in the state and the fifth in the country, according to companies involved. It will provide electricity for the plant, local schools and other government offices.
Aquatic applications of solar and battery technology are evolving faster than ever, following a long period with little major development. Experts say innovations in marine transportation are about to enter the mainstream for everything from cruise ships to small boats.
October 17, 2018
A national fight that could slow the spread of rooftop solar has landed in Michigan, where utility regulators are weighing a proposal that would cost consumers more to produce their own power. The outcome could have widespread significance for net-metering, a popular policy in many states that has spurred dramatic growth in rooftop solar.
A Republican senator is proposing to lift a cap on electric vehicles eligible for a $7,500 tax credit, right as Tesla and GM are reaching the limit. It follows similar legislation proposed by Democrats and goes in the opposite direction of a bill from Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), who wants to end the credit entirely and add a new tax on EVs.
Microsoft is working with an insurance company to test out a way to protect corporate buyers of clean energy from electricity prices that rise and fall with the weather. The company is using a risk-management agreement for almost 500 megawatts of wind projects.
ScottishPower has become the first vertically integrated power company in the UK to sell off its fossil-fuel generation. The company, a subsidiary of Iberdrola, said the move is part of a major strategic restructuring that would double its existing renewable energy capacity in the region.
China's electric vehicle makers are likely entering a period of consolidation as the government is easing subsidies that made the country the world's leader in EV production. The policies were almost too successful, leading to concerns that companies have created more capacity than the market can handle.
October 16, 2018
Renewable energy export contracts from the United Kingdom could be in jeopardy if the government continues to be unable to reach a Brexit agreement with the European Union. That's creating uncertainty for UK-based companies that rely on energy sales to EU customers.
The Trump administration's plan to allow year-round sales of fuel blended with more ethanol would have a limited effect on the struggling ethanol market, according to analysts. They say that even if the plan moves forward by next summer, sales likely would only increase slightly.
U.S. automakers say they're headed for an all-electric future and they want fuel economy standards, but their assembly lines tell a different story. The Big Three agreed to fuel efficiency improvements as part of a 2009 economic bailout, but as gas prices fell, they ramped up production of gas guzzlers again.
The opening of a major new solar plant has pushed Bangladesh's electricity generation from renewable sources to the 5 percent mark. The country has a goal of getting 10 percent of power from renewables by 2020.
A key part of hitting global targets for reducing carbon emissions is a major overhaul of the transportation sector to use more electric vehicles and less gasoline. So far, U.S. cities' progress has been wildly insufficient. Here are some of the incentives and rules cities are using to try to increase EV adoption.