December 6, 2017

December 5, 2017

Tax Bill Impact: What Happens to Renewable Energy?

The Republican tax bill approved by the Senate contains an obscure provision that could undercut investment in renewables, and the House version has sweeping cuts to clean energy tax credits. As the two chambers start reconciling the bills, the clean energy industry is bracing for a fight.

Cape Wind Developers Call It Quits

After more than a decade, developers have canceled plans for a 468 megawatt offshore wind farm called Cape Wind near Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The project faced years of delays, in part because of opposition from the Kennedy and Koch families.

Wyoming Wind Tax Bill Coming Back — Again

A Wyoming lawmaker plans to re-introduce a measure to increase the wind tax in the state from $1 per megawatt hour to $5, in the latest push by the legislature to tax wind energy production. Wyoming is the only state to impose a wind tax separate from other taxes.

December 4, 2017

Supreme Court to Hear Arguments in Solar Power Dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a legal fight between an Arizona utility and SolarCity. The solar company sued in 2015 over Salt River Project's plan to charge a fee for solar power systems operated by individuals. SolarCity says the fees were designed to make rooftop solar too expensive.

November 30, 2017

Critics Demand Clean Energy Guarantees for Diablo Canyon Closure

California's last operating nuclear power plant, Diablo Canyon, will close in 2025, and its 2.3 gigawatts of power are supposed to be replaced by zero-carbon sources. But the California Public Utilities Commission changed the proposal, and environmental groups say it lacks a formal commitment to replace that capacity with renewables.

November 29, 2017

Shell Doubles Up on Green Spending and Vows to Halve Carbon Footprint

Shell has promised to cut the net carbon footprint of its products in half by 2050 and says it will spend up to $2 billion a year from 2018 to 2020 on wind power, biofuels and electric car infrastructure. That's still a fraction of the oil giant's $25-30 billion annual investment. The carbon goal is similar to a recent failed shareholder resolution.

November 28, 2017

Toyota Clings to Hydrogen Bet While Electric Sales Soar

Toyota has hedged its bets on hydrogen-powered cars, but it's being left behind by other major automakers that are doubling down on plug-in electric vehicles. Investment in hydrogen fuel-cell technology is falling, but Toyota says it plans to continue research and production.

November 27, 2017

New Atlanta Ordinance Supports EV Charging

The Atlanta City Council passed infrastructure regulations to boost the spread of electric vehicles. Twenty percent of parking spaces must be EV-ready, and builders will be required to install infrastructure to support charging in new residential and commercial developments.

Balkan Hydropower Projects Soar by 300%

Hydropower construction has soared by 300 percent across the western Balkans in the last two years, according to a new study. More than a third of the 2,800 dams being built are in protected areas and national parks, raising fears of biodiversity loss.

November 22, 2017

Nearly 40% of All New Power Capacity in India this Year Is Solar

In 2017, solar energy generation has contributed over 7,100 megawatts of capacity to India's electricity grid, according to Mercom Capital Group data. That's nearly 40 percent of all new additions. The surge comes as the government pushes to install 175 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2022.

Global Energy Storage to Hit 125 GW by 2030, BNEF Finds

Mirroring solar energy's rise, global energy storage capacity is expected to reach 125 gigawatts by 2030, with investment exceeding $100 billion, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Eight major countries, including the U.S. and China, will likely install 70 percent of the capacity.

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