July 9, 2018

A Funny-Looking Boat Is Circling the Globe Using Renewable Energy

A converted racing boat is demonstrating how solar energy, batteries and hydrogen can be used for sea travel. The Energy Observer is sailing around the planet to call attention to the opportunity to expand use of clean fuels for a form of transportation that still uses heavy fuel oil.

July 6, 2018

Here’s Where 3 Million EV Batteries Will Go When They Retire

The first batches of electric car batteries are hitting retirement age, but they aren't headed for landfills. Lithium-ion EV batteries can still collect and discharge electricity for another seven to 10 years, so they can chill drinks at 7-Eleven or store energy for homes. China has rules coming to make carmakers responsible for keeping batteries out of landfills, and the EU has regulations.

July 3, 2018

The Wind Farm Trump Tried to Stop Goes Online in Scotland

A wind farm with 11 turbines went online last weekend off the coast of Scotland, despite Donald Trump's attempts to block it before he became president. Trump had complained that the project would be visible from one of his company's golf courses. 

July 2, 2018

June 29, 2018

Elon Musk’s Solar + Storage Vision for Puerto Rico Moves Forward

What started with an Elon Musk tweet about rebuilding Puerto Rico's power system with renewable energy after Hurricane Maria has led to a formal call for solar-plus-storage proposals. The island's government has started the process for soliciting bids to build 10 solar and battery storage facilities that could be deployed across the power grid and capable of scaling up.

U.S. Energy Regulator Who Questioned Trump’s Coal Bail Out to Step Down

Robert Powelson, a Republican appointed to FERC last year, has been a proponent of natural gas infrastructure development and a supporter of the wholesale competitive power markets, which has put him at odds with the Trump administration's effort to prop up coal and nuclear power plants. As he said last fall: "I did not sign up to go blow up the markets."

LG to Build Solar Equipment Factory in Alabama

South Korea's LG plans to expand its U.S. manufacturing presence with a new plant in Huntsville, Alabama. The plant will have capacity to build 500 megawatts of solar modules per year and help LG sidestep tariffs on imported solar equipment. Huntsville is already home to other LG operations.

June 27, 2018

Maine’s Being Left Behind on Offshore Wind

Wind industry officials meeting in Maine say the state is missing out on the coming offshore wind power boom because of opposition from Gov. Paul LePage. Large offshore wind projects have been announced in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, while Maine faces long delays for project approvals.

Electric Vehicles Gaining Momentum Despite Trump

A broad coalition of businesses and state and local governments are taking steps to electrify vehicle fleets, helping to counteract efforts by the Trump administration and others to slow the transition to cleaner cars.

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