June 6, 2018

India Sees Record Low Solar Prices Returning Following China Reforms

India may be the biggest beneficiary of solar industry reforms in China, analysts say. China's move to cut solar developer subsidies is expected to slow demand there, which could bring down prices as manufacturers scramble to sell more panels outside the country. India, meanwhile, has pledged to double its renewable energy capacity by 2022.

June 5, 2018

Duke Energy Grid Plan Includes Storage and Vehicle Charging

Duke Energy has reached a settlement in its North Carolina proposal for grid improvements that significantly lowers the costs it would pass on to customers and increases energy storage and vehicle charging stations. The plan, which still needs to be approved by regulators, would add 300 megawatts of storage. But not everyone supports it.

Can a New Kind of Consumerism Help Fight Climate Change?

An international team of scientists has developed a global scenario showing that humanity's appetite for things like electric cars and cellphones, as well as the development of better building standards, can drive a revolution in efficiency that could help lower energy demand, encourage renewable energy and keep warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius. 

June 4, 2018

Washington State Falling Short on Electric Vehicle Goals

Most state and local government agencies in Washington State are falling far short of electric-vehicle goals set by a 2007 law, a new report shows. A survey shows only 6 percent of vehicles are electric, despite many electric options that are available. Charging infrastructure is one concern.

June 1, 2018

Big Companies Driving Renewable Energy Investment

Companies as varied as Apple and General Motors are investing heavily in renewable energy to power their operations, providing a boost to the clean-energy economy that is not tied to any government mandates. While the development is substantial, it remains to be seen whether this approach will spread to smaller businesses and how big an impact it will have.

May 30, 2018

More Than 3 Million Electric Vehicles Now on the Road, IEA Reports

The number of electric vehicles on roads worldwide rose to a record 3.1 million in 2017, but more research, policies and incentives are needed to drive further uptake, and battery prices are a concern, the International Energy Agency says. With existing policies, IEA expects 125 million EVs by 2030. China accounted for 40 percent of the global total last year.

Tesla Flies in New Production Line for Battery Factory

Tesla has taken the unusual step of flying robots and production equipment from Europe to Nevada to try to increase efficiency of battery manufacturing, Reuters reports. Using air travel for heavy equipment is expensive, but Tesla is racing to reach production targets on its Model 3 sedan.

Vermont Law 'Ups the Ante' on Energy Efficiency

Vermont, one of 11 states that sued the Trump administration last year to try to get stalled federal energy efficiency standards back on track, has set its own standards for a variety of appliances. "The primary purpose of this whole legislation is to influence the federal government to set national standards," said state Rep. Curtis McCormack.

May 29, 2018

Electric Buses Face Challenges in Los Angeles

Supporters of electric buses are playing defense following a Los Angeles Times story about how the city's transit agency is dealing with mechanical problems. BYD, the China-based manufacturer of five electric buses used in Los Angeles, has much riding on the city's pilot project.

China Works to Reduce Waste of Wind Energy on Grid

China's energy regulator is telling wind power generators to reduce the amount of electricity wasted because of inadequate capacity to transport it on the grid. The new order means energy companies will need to prioritize how they handle wind energy and do so in a way that reduces waste.

Fighting for Solar Power in Singapore

Singapore has set ambitious goals for developing solar power, including projects on public housing and floating on reservoirs. Much of the work is being done by startups, rather than government, in a country that has high demand for air conditioning and relies heavily on fossil fuels for electricity.

May 25, 2018

Offshore Wind Coming to New England With Huge New Contracts

Massachusetts and Rhode Island officials have awarded contracts for offshore wind farms that would generate a combined 1,200 megawatts, marking a big step forward for the country's offshore wind industry. The winning developers now will have the opportunity to complete the first projects on a large scale in a region that has the potential to be a destination for much more offshore wind.

Missouri Utility’s Wind Coal-to-Wind Switch Faces Pushback

A Missouri utility's ambitious plan to shift from coal to renewables is being opposed by state officials. A new Canadian owner, Algonquin Power & Utilities, wants to close a coal-fired power plant and build 800 megawatts of wind energy. The company said it would finance the plan with outside investment and the anticipated savings of not having to pay for anti-pollution upgrades at the coal plant. But state officials are questioning whether the numbers add up and have concerns about job losses at the coal plant.

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