August 1, 2011
The California Public Utilities Commission has adopted the world's most comprehensive rules to protect the privacy and security of data generated by smart meters.
With four grid-scale wind projects already built in Maine and another two under construction, the state is poised to surpass a milestone as it moves toward its 2015 wind-power generation goal.
A Florida-based solar power company has picked a North Carolina county as a finalist for a 4,000-acre, $1.4 billion solar farm expected to create hundreds of jobs.
Signal Energy, a Chattanooga-based contracting firm, is set to start mounting 21,000 solar panels onto what will become Tennessee's largest utility-scale solar installation.
Connor Field, a Michigan resident, built the largest solar farm in the state - a 150-kilowatt array - in late 2009 almost entirely by hand.
Portland has rolled out some 40 velomobiles — aerodynamic, enclosed pedal-powered vehicles — on a cross-country ride, a good chunk of them powered by home-grown technology.
Cape Wind, a 130-turbine offshore wind farm planned for Nantucket Sound, is the focus on a new feature-length documentary set to premiere at film festivals in late summer.
July 29, 2011
A Rhode Island Supreme Court ruling to uphold a long-term contract for the sale of power from Deepwater Wind's proposed wind farm gave the green light to resume work on the project.
Nevada can become a clean-energy technology leader, a nonprofit energy group suggested, if it can get the innovation that's here, but languishing, to market.
Supporters of a 2008 renewable energy law that has faced stumbling blocks said they are examining whether to propose another initiative petition for next year's election.
Eight in 10 Californians favor tougher fuel efficiency standards for cars, federal funding for solar and wind power and curbs on heat-trapping emissions from factories and power plants.
The Navajo Nation likely will get its first wind farm as the result of a deal to sell power to Salt River Project from a project to be built near Seligman.
Plans to build a $400 million, 270-megawatt stored-energy park near Dallas Center have been scrapped after a report raised questions about its viability.
July 28, 2011
The U.S. energy and interior departments are looking to hire some of the engineers and scientists from NASA's closing space programs for jobs in renewable energy industries.
SolarCity, a Bay Area company known for leasing solar power systems to homeowners, will begin installing electric vehicle charging stations that can be powered by solar energy.
With the push of a button on an iPhone, Gov. Peter Shumlin activated the last of 382 GPS-controlled solar trackers at Vermont's newest and largest solar farm.
The venture arm of GM is investing $7.5 million into Sunlogics, a company that makes canopies covered in solar panels that tap into solar power for electric vehicle charging.
San Jose, Calif.-based SunPower Corp and Citigroup have formed a new fund of $105 million to enable the solar panel maker to extend its lease to customers in eight states.
New Jersey's long-term energy plan was praised for promoting the installation of solar panels on brownfields and landfills, and criticized for failing to do enough to promote energy efficiency.
Missouri's solar industry is seeking a reversal of last month's court ruling that the state's $2-a-watt solar rebate is unconstitutional, a decision that would be a big blow to the renewables sector.
Ioxus, a start-up company in Oneonta, N.Y., is working with several automakers on testing a hybrid battery that can store more energy but absorbs and discharges it at a slower rate.
July 27, 2011
The city's long-in-the-making CleanPowerSF program will take a major step forward if the Public Utilities Commission this week approves the proposed 100 percent renewable-energy portfolio.
Pacific Gas & Electric wants to close five older, higher-polluting power plants in East Contra Costa, Calif., as part of a statewide public utilities drive to make the power grid cleaner.
California Gov. Jerry Brown has promised to overcome those working to block his vision of generating 33 percent of the state's energy from renewable resources by 2020.
A new initiative will allow Bay area small businesses to collectively purchase solar systems, cutting both upfront costs and government red tape.
Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry wants to replace his predecessor's 2009 energy code with an earlier, less stringent version that he says is less expensive.
July 26, 2011
California Gov. Jerry Brown wants the state to produce 12,000 new megawatts of small- and residential-scale renewable electricity by 2020.
Reducing government red tape for the California solar industry would create nearly 4,000 additional jobs statewide over the next decade, according to a new study from SunRun.
Five of the six recipients of the Department of Energy's $7.5 million offshore wind turbine research grants are using direct-drive, or gearless, drivetrain technology to increase energy efficiency.