December 19, 2017

December 18, 2017

Oil Giant BP Bets $200 Million on Solar

BP was a leader among oil companies investing in renewable energy before the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Now, under pressure from investors and governments to once again look "beyond petroleum," it has announced it will spend $200 million to acquire a large stake in a Lightsource, a UK-based solar power developer.

December 14, 2017

December 13, 2017

December 12, 2017

Two Utility-Scale Solar Plants Dedicated Near Las Vegas

Officials dedicated two large solar-powered generating plants near Las Vegas that will be used to power operations of the data company Switch. The plants, which have  2 million solar panels, are the first utility-scale solar power plants to be built in a Bureau of Land Management "Solar Energy Zone."

December 11, 2017

New FERC Chief Pumps the Brakes on Rick Perry

During his first day on the job, new Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Kevin McIntyre sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry proposing a 30-day extension for taking action on Perry's proposal to boost the coal and nuclear industries. Read more from ICN about Perry's plan.

December 7, 2017

U.S. Trade Panel Shows Interest in Solar Tariff Alternative

Most of the witnesses at the final hearing for the Suniva case urged the panel not to recommend solar tariffs, and some provided alternative fee options. President Trump's trade representative, who is supposed to advise him on the decisions about tariffs on solar imports, did not attend. Read more from ICN about the potential impacts of solar tariffs.

December 6, 2017

Bitcoin Could Cost Us Our Clean Energy Future

The use of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin is on the rise, but it comes with an environmental cost: each transaction requires the same amount of energy used to power nine homes in the U.S. for a day. As more computers mine for more data, the network is increasing energy use.

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