July 26, 2011
EnerSol Energy Systems Solutions is looking for early adopters to put lithium titanate batteries to the test in part of an increased focus on grid storage and electric vehicles.
South San Francisco's ATDynamics is touting a product that it says can help trucks meet the EPA's proposed fuel economy standards, which could go into effect this week.
San Marcos councilmembers approved one-time $5,000 incentive payments to city utility customers who install wind and solar systems and will waive permiting fees for the projects.
Maine's two largest Indian tribes say a wind power project proposed for eastern Maine could threaten 10,000-year-old sacred religious ceremonies.
July 25, 2011
New York City is bulking up its incentives program to target the nearly 80 percent of roofs in the city that are suitable for solar power.
A recent clean economy report from the Brookings Institution and Battelle reported significantly fewer Portland jobs in the solar manufacturing sector than exist on the ground.
SolarWorld, a German solar manufacturer with a plant in Hillsboro, Ore., will supply Vestas with a 112-kilowatt solar system for the wind company's new North American headquarters in Portland.
Development of a 2,625-foot-tall solar energy tower in the Arizona desert is moving forward somewhat, as the company planning the project has acquired land for it.
Schneider Electric will test the efficiency of its solar technologies at a new $6.25 million, 6-acre solar farm in Smyrna, Tenn., the state's first major solar power plant.
Illinois Tool Works is expected to officially announce its acquisition of Lakeville, Minn.-based Despatch Industries, a manufacturer of high-tech ovens used for making solar cells.
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu is set to visit a new lithium-ion battery facility in Concord, N.C., two years after the plant received nearly $50 million from the energy department.
July 22, 2011
As extreme heat puts pressure on the nation's electricity grid, the DOE warns that without major upgrades, the grid might not be able to handle new renewable generation in the next decade.
A 59,000-acre strip of public and private land near Southern California's Salton Sea could accommodate enough solar and geothermal energy to power millions of homes and businesses.
Federal legislation was introduced to reinstate — and protect — an energy efficiency financing program that stalled in the summer of 2010.
California lawmakers say that a verdict on the fate of a planned 800-mile high-speed train system could come in a few months.
In the future, solar and wind developers may be required to pay for storage, either through a rate schedule or by investing in their own storage devices to balance services.
July 21, 2011
Walgreens, a Deerfield, Ill.-based drugstore retailer, said it intends to begin offering charging stations for electric vehicles at 800 of its nearly 7,740 U.S. locations.
Alaska is giving the go-ahead for a new, 24-megawatt wind farm to be built outside of Fairbanks. The Eva Creek project would be the larget wind farm in the state.
Austin Energy officials are close to inking a pair of contracts to buy a combined 219 megawatts of electricity generated by two companies building large-scale wind farms along the Texas coast.
Developers say their hydrokinetic technology could generate clean energy by putting turbines on the botoms of rivers or mounting them on barges.
July 20, 2011
General Motors and OnStar are launching a program to send data instantly from Chevrolet Volts back to the power grid so utilities can better manage their energy demands.
Officials in Washington, D.C., and New Delhi touted a joint $25 million funding opportunity for a clean energy research center that focuses on solar energy and advanced biofuels.
Regional power groups and 15 utilities in the Northwest energy market will schedule power transmission on a half-hour basis to better accommodate intermittent renewable power sources.
Vermont Electric Cooperative is being urged to vote in a special election that includes questions about upgrading the co-op's transmission grid.
The San Juan Water District near Sacramento has completed a solar power project that could save the district $12 million over the 25-year lifetime of the system.
Solar manufacturer Energy Conversion Devices — the firm that invented the battery technology used in most hybrid vehicles on the road — said it plans to sell its profitable battery subsidiary.
General Electric's lighting unit has entered into a licensing agreement for Nuventix's LED cooling technology. GE also joined a group of venture capitalists in investing $10 million into the start-up.
July 19, 2011
By 2016, the U.S. Navy plans to organize and sail a green fleet that will include nuclear vessels, hybrid electric ships and aircraft powered by biofuels to break its dependence on imported oil.