November 22, 2017
Poland's oil and natural gas company has signed a contract to import liquefied natural gas from the U.S. from 2018 to 2022. The deal comes as the U.S. under the Trump administration tries to promote fossil fuels.
November 21, 2017
Industrial giant Siemens has announced large cuts that would eliminate 2 percent of its workforce. The majority of layoffs will be in the Power and Gas Division. Siemens board members said the growing renewables market is driving the company's shifts.
Danish energy company Ørsted (once known as DONG, for Danish Oil and Natural Gas) surveyed 26,000 people across 13 countries and found that 82 percent of respondents thought a world powered by renewable energy was important. People also overwhelmingly said they wanted to phase out coal.
Entergy Mississippi and Mississippi Power are proposing rate increases, in part to cover the increasing cost of natural gas. An average residential customer would see an increase of $11.45 per month, Utility Dive reports.
The London-based company Bio-bean, in partnership with Royal Dutch Shell, is producing small amounts of oil from coffee grounds as a new form of fuel for vehicles. The company said the first batch of about 1,580 gallons would power one bus for a year.
November 20, 2017
In early November, Ohio adopted new net metering rules that reduce the credit amount customers get for generating their own power. Renewable energy advocates say the rule goes against a law that ensures net metering customers get treated equally to non-net metering customers. Read more from ICN about Ohio's renewable energy policy battles.
Volkswagen says it will spend $40 billion on electric cars, autonomous driving and mobility services by 2022. Other major automakers, from Toyota to Ford to Volvo, are also investing heavily in electric vehicle production to keep up with global demand. Reuters describes each company's EV plans.
Tesla just unveiled its electric semi truck, and the company already has an influx of orders. Walmart ordered 15, and other major grocery chains and trucking companies have put down deposits for the trucks, which won't be available until 2019.
China, the world's biggest carbon emitter, is on pace to install a record 54 gigawatts of solar power this year, Bloomberg New Energy Finance reports. The new forecast is up significantly from July, and well above last year's 34.5 gigawatts.
A new study suggests that the UK's wave energy industry, which showed great potential, skimped on basic research and tried to commercialize too fast, resulting in it burning through hundreds of millions of dollars with little to show for it.
November 16, 2017
Tesla plans to unveil its electric semitractor-trailer today, and other companies are releasing designs for electric semis and vans. Global electric truck sales are expected to grow from 4,000 last year to 70,000 by 2026, but the cost and lack of highway charging infrastructure are still holding the technology back.
U.S. renewable fuel mandates are contributing to global warming and leading to carbon-rich areas like wetlands and forests being turned into farmland, according to a new study. The scientists said it could take 50 years for biofuels to reduce carbon emissions. A biofuels trade group questioned the research.
By late 2017, Sunrun will overtake SolarCity as the top third-party ownership financing provider for residential solar, according to GTM Research. Since SolarCity was acquired by Tesla, its residential business has diminished.
Microsoft plans to cut its carbon emissions 75 percent by 2030, and the company said it is on track to meet its 50 percent renewable energy commitment by 2018.
November 15, 2017
California will source half of its electricity from renewable energy by 2020, a decade ahead of schedule, according to the California Public Utilities Commission. Pacific Gas and Electric got 33 percent of its electricity from renewables last year.
Energy Department Confident FERC Will 'Dutifully' Adopt Rule Following Perry’s Coal Proposal, Advisor Says
A senior Energy Department official told members of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners he is "confident" that FERC will "dutifully consider and adopt a rule that will address price formation in the electric markets" following Secretary Rick Perry's proposal to boost coal. Read more from ICN about Perry's plan.
Solar geoengineering could potentially help slow the planet's warming by blocking sunlight, but a new study shows that spewing sulfur into the atmosphere could have dangerous impacts, like drought in arid regions and violent storms in the North Atlantic.
In announcing plans to shut down two old coal-burning units in central Kentucky, the utility said LED lighting and other energy efficiency measures taken by customers have saved enough electricity to avoid having to construct new power plants.
BMW has announced a plan to shift all its power purchases to renewables by 2020, which is up from 63 percent in 2016. The company's head of procurement said that it will buy local clean power for 31 production sites in 14 countries.
November 14, 2017
By 2025, the U.S. will be one of the world's biggest exporters of oil and natural gas, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency. But the declining costs of renewables will squeeze fossil fuels, the report says.
A group of young college GOP activists has at least 30 state chairs in support of "a clean energy future." They say they are working to push the national party to make pro-market clean energy policies a priority.
A U.S. District Court judge in New York City is deciding who has the power to rebuild Puerto Rico's electric grid―the governor or the financial panel created by Congress. The power struggle is occurring as the island remains largely without electricity more than 60 days after Hurricane Maria hit. Read more from ICN about the conditions in Puerto Rico.
Offering the promise of cheap, clean energy, hydroelectric power is popular in low-income countries, where thousands of projects are in the works. But in developed countries like the U.S., dams are being dismantled. New research raises questions about methane emissions and ecosystem impacts.
European electric utility E.ON plans to connect seven European countries from Norway to Italy with 180 fast-charging stations. The company plans to have up to 10,000 charging stations across Europe by 2020.
November 13, 2017
The House version of a tax overhaul bill slashed clean energy credits, but the Senate's draft keeps most clean energy incentives, including the $7,500 electric vehicle credit and credits for wind and solar projects.
Pittsburgh is piloting a microgrid project at the Pitt Ohio trucking company which uses a battery bank to store wind and solar energy. Now, it's working to develop more microgrids across the city, and other cities are looking to it as a model.
By 2020, China plans to prevent power generated by renewable energy from being wasted, cutting waste in some regions by up to 30 percent, according to the country's National Energy Administration. China also plans to improve its cross-region power transmission to boost renewables and reduce dependence on coal.
Shenzhen, China, which has a population of 11.9 million people, plans to shift its entire public bus transportation fleet to electric buses by the end of the year. The city already has 14,000 electric buses, with only a few hundred left to replace. Read more from ICN about how U.S. cities are making the transition to electric buses.
November 9, 2017
The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York has subpoenaed former White House adviser Carl Icahn for information about his push to change the Renewable Fuels Standard, the federal biofuels program. Icahn had resigned in August after drawing criticism that the changes would benefit his oil company.
The U.S. House has approved a bill that would define hydropower as a renewable energy source and streamline the way projects are licensed, giving primary authority over the projects to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Opponents say the bill would give too much power over public waterways to industry.