May 4, 2018

Net Metering May Get a Lifeline in South Carolina

The South Carolina House passed a measure this week that would raise the state's cap on net metering from 2 to 4 percent. The state is nearing the 2 percent cap now. If the proposal is signed into law, it would allow future rooftop solar customers to get credit for the power they produce. 

2 More Wind Farms Coming to Iowa

MidAmerican Energy is building two more wind farms in Iowa, adding 550 megawatts to what is already one of the leading states for wind energy. Read more from ICN on the four states that are now generating more than 30 percent of their power from wind. 

German Engineering Firm Says It Has a Cleaner Diesel Engine

Robert Bosch GMbH, a German engineering firm, says it has developed a diesel-exhaust system with emissions well below the limits that will be in place in 2020. But it's introducing it into a shrinking market for diesel engines following emissions scandals at Volkswagen and other automakers.

May 2, 2018

Clean Energy Sector Leans Republican in Campaign Donations

Solar and wind energy companies have donated more money to Republicans than Democrats in congressional races this cycle, continuing a shift noted in the 2016 cycle. Political action committees representing solar and wind companies have donated $247,000 to Republicans, $139,300 to Democrats, and $7,500 to independents for the 2018 cycle, a Reuters analysis found.

Third-Party Ownership of Rooftop Solar Is Way Down

People adding rooftop solar panels are now more likely to use cash or loans rather than third-party methods such as leasing and power-purchase agreements, according to a new report of 2017 financing. Analysts say the shift is tied to Tesla's move away from third-party ownership.

May 1, 2018

Mercedes-Benz Leaves Home Battery Market

Despite having the scale and resources of a major manufacturer, Mercedes-Benz was unable to find success selling home battery systems and is now closing a U.S.-based subsidiary. The announcement means one less challenger for Tesla in a market that has been slow to develop.

April 30, 2018

South Carolina Cuts Rate Paid to Solar Farms

South Carolina regulators voted to cut the rate that a leading utility pays for electricity from solar farms. Solar advocates say the decision will make it more difficult to finance solar projects in the state; the utility says it will save money.

Startup Wants to Recharge Cars and Buses Wirelessly

A Philadelphia-area company envisions a system that quickly and wirelessly recharges vehicles. Drivers would pull onto a pad on the road, where energy would pass wirelessly to the vehicle, a process that until now has mostly been used on devices such as cell phones. 

April 27, 2018

New York City Aims for All-Electric Bus Fleet by 2040

The largest municipal bus fleet in the country plans to go all-electric by 2040. New York City transit officials announced the goal as part of a broader plan to increase ridership and improve service. The shift would reduce climate-warming emissions and cut fuel, maintenance and health costs. 

Oklahoma House Votes to Yank Wind Energy Incentive

The Oklahoma House narrowly voted to change a wind energy tax incentive to make it non-refundable, which would reduce the savings available for wind farm developers. The measure, which now moves to the Senate, passed despite warnings that it may harm the state's economy.

Alabama Solar Fee Challenged at Utility Commission

The Southern Environmental Law Center has filed a formal complaint to try to force changes to a utility fee charged to customers with their own solar power systems. The complaint, before the Alabama Public Service Commission, involves monthly fees charged by Alabama Power.

A New Road Charges Electric Vehicles While They Drive

Just outside Stockholm, Sweden, is an experimental road that lets specially outfitted electric vehicles charge their batteries while driving. The 1.2-mile stretch of road is part of the country's research into various ways of managing and encouraging vehicle electrification.

April 25, 2018

Global Wind Power Capacity to Increase 56% in Next 5 Years

Global wind energy capacity is expected to increase 56 percent over the next five years as costs continue to fall, the Global Wind Energy Council says in its annual report. In 2017, global wind energy capacity rose 11 percent. Read more from ICN about how wind farms are "repowering" to increase their energy production.

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