September 25, 2018

What Ever Happened to Tesla's Solar Roof Tiles?

When Elon Musk unveiled prototypes of solar roof tiles in 2016, the announcement helped Tesla justify its merger with SolarCity. Two years later, only a small number of homes have the roof tiles connected to the grid. Musk has blamed ongoing delays on a need for more testing.

September 24, 2018

Porsche Is Cutting Diesels in a Shift Toward Electric Vehicles

Porsche AG says it will stop offering diesel versions of its vehicles and will focus on gas, electric and hybrid vehicles. Demand for diesels is declining and automakers are under intense scrutiny from regulators and environmental groups because of past cheating emissions testing for the vehicles.

September 20, 2018

Energy Efficiency Is Fundamentally Undervalued, Report Finds

A new paper by Amory Lovins, co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, argues that the costs of improving energy efficiency are lower than previously believed and the benefits are verging on unlimited. The paper says the world can sustain continued improvements in efficiency much more easily than previously thought, a key part of fighting climate change.

Buoyant Gas Industry May Be Blindsided by Renewables

Analysts say the falling costs of renewable energy pose a threat to the global natural gas industry. The gas industry says it's confident in its future, while others warn that the rise of inexpensive renewable power backed by batteries will increasingly take market share from gas.

Wind Energy Company Drops Indiana Project Amid Pushback

A developer has withdrawn plans to build 75 wind turbines in north-central Indiana following opposition. Renewable Energy Systems, a British company with U.S. headquarters in Colorado, said "technical circumstances" were behind the decision. The local government had passed a new wind ordinance limiting where turbines could be placed.

September 19, 2018

SunPower Receives Exemption from Trump Solar Tariffs

SunPower says some of the solar panels it produces overseas will be excluded from President Trump's tariffs. The company, which is based in the U.S. but does most of its manufacturing overseas, argued that its main panel product was different from cheaper panels the tariffs were meant to affect.

Trump Administration Announces Tariff on Chinese Solar Inverters

The Trump administration is including Chinese solar inverters among $200 billion in new tariffs on Chinese imports. Inverters, which convert solar electricity for use by the grid, are a key component of solar power systems. The tariffs, set to reach 25 percent on Jan. 1,  are higher than many in the industry had anticipated.

Xcel Energy Opens Colorado’s Largest Wind Farm

Xcel Energy has completed its Rush Creek Wind Project, a 600 megawatt wind farm that is the largest in Colorado and a key part of the utility's quest to get the majority of its power from renewables by 2026. This project produces enough electricity to serve an estimated 300,000 homes, the company says.

September 18, 2018

Clean Energy Players Weather Hurricane Florence

Utility-scale solar energy systems appear to have made it through Hurricane Florence without major damage. The major utilities said they had secured their large solar arrays. In residential solar, installers said initial reports also suggest minimal damage.

September 17, 2018

September 14, 2018

Utilities’ Solar Purchasing Is Booming Despite Trump's Tariffs

The latest industry data show President Trump's solar tariffs took a bite out of the market, but utility-scale purchases are soaring, leading to forecasts for accelerated growth ahead. Utility companies increased their procurement for new projects in the second quarter as component prices declined and solar installations steadied.

September 12, 2018

U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Prepare for Hurricane Florence

Several nuclear power reactors in North and South Carolina and Virginia have started preparing for Hurricane Florence. Of the 16 plants in those states, Duke Energy's Brunswick and Harris plants in North Carolina and possibly Dominion Energy's Surry plant in Virginia are most likely to be affected, according to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. 

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