Prosperity and energy innovation are not at odds

Reports from Rhode Island and China this week should embolden Massachusetts legislators in their eleventh-hour reconciliation of the most progressive energy bill in the commonwealth’s history. The Ocean State’s support of a private five-turbine Block Island project hopefully will prod the commonwealth to maximize its support of the gestating U.S. offshore wind industry; meanwhile, China’s ...

Energy Committee chair questions conflict of interest

With the Board of Selectmen discussing a new energy plan that calls for the town to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, the chair of the Energy Steering Committee has raised the question of whether one selectman can be fair and impartial on these matters. Rozanna Patane said she believes it’s worth a board discussion about potential bias by selectman Michael Estes, who owns Estes Oil ...

San Jose: Neighbors wary of county's plan to build solar panels near Guadalupe Parkway

Solar | By Julia Baum, Mercury News
Plans to install solar panels in a field near the Guadalupe Parkway in San Jose are getting pushback from nearby residents. The neighbors say they're worried that more homeless people will be drawn to the 9-acre, county-owned site and use the solar panels for shelter if a permanent access gate is built into an adjacent soundwall where Seabury Drive dead-ends, just west of the field ...

Tule Wind Project takes another step

Wind | By Rob Nikolewski, The San Diego Union-Tribune
It's taken 12 years but the Tule Wind Project that is slated to eventually generate 201 megawatts of power from a 12,000-acre site in San Diego's East County is on the threshold of getting built. "We are very excited that we are finally here," said Harley McDonald, senior business developer for Avangrid Renewables, the company in charge of the project. But a group opposed to the wind ...

SolarWorld to appeal US court's ruling to pay $793M damages

German solar panel-maker SolarWorld says it is appealing a U.S. court's ruling ordering it to pay $793 million in damages to Michigan-based supplier Hemlock Semiconductor Corp. SolarWorld says it expects the appeal against Tuesday's ruling to take about one year. The company said in a statement Wednesday that it doesn't believe the first ruling can be enforced in Germany anyway, ...

Wind, nuclear advance as NY moves ahead with energy plan

New York state committed last year to generating half of its energy from renewable sources like wind and solar by the year 2030. Now comes the hard part: figuring out how to do it. Several big decisions in the next few weeks could fill in some of the details about how the state will meet Gov. Andrew Cuomo's renewable energy standard and decide where New Yorkers will get ...

Cooking oil, graphene among CO2 capture prize entry ideas

Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Mgmt | By MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press
Cooking oil and graphene, a recently discovered substance stronger than steel, might seem to have little in common, but some theorize both could be made from carbon dioxide emitted by coal- and gas-fired power plants. Teams from Canada, China, Finland, India, Scotland, Switzerland and the U.S. have submitted 47 proposals for the first round of a $20 million contest to put ...

Jim Gray advocates increased carbon-capture research to boost coal

Fossil & Biomass | By Bill Estep, Lexington Herald-Leader
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gray said Tuesday his plan for boosting Eastern Kentucky's tattered economy would include increased investment in research to capture carbon emissions from power plants. The goal of the technology is to allow plants to burn coal more cleanly. Coal-fired plants have been major sources of carbon emissions that the Obama administration has pushed to ...

Environmental Groups Sue Florida Power Plant For Contaminant Discharges

In a testy back-and-forth, environmental groups in Florida are squaring off with a local power plant for what they claim are violations of the Clean Water Act. The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) and the Tropical Audubon Society recently filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court of Southern Florida, accusing Florida Power and Light (FPL) of allowing a canal cooling system at Turkey ...

Grants, loans available for ag renewable energy systems

Fossil & Biomass | Hembree Brandon
Agricultural operations may be eligible for USDA grants of up to $20,000 to convert systems to renewable energy. According to the USDA Rural Development Agency’s fact sheet, the grants are available to small businesses in rural areas and to agricultural producers who obtain at least 50 percent of gross income from ag operations. Funds may be used for the purchase, installation, and ...

Solar Impulse proves innovation, technology and pioneering mindset can address global challenges

Annoucement | Zurich, Switzerland, July 27, 2016
ABB alliance partner Solar Impulse completes round-the-world flight with zero fuel, showing we can run the world without consuming the earth. As a pioneering technology leader, ABB is putting this message into practice

Purdue CIVS lab developing a 3D wind turbine

Wind | By Joseph S. Pete, The Times, Munster, Ind.
Purdue University Northwest researchers are going to put some wind in the sails of the renewable energy sector. The National Science Foundation has awarded the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation, or CIVS, an $869,180 grant so it can develop a simulator to train students on how to troubleshoot and work safely around wind turbines. The CIVS lab at the Purdue ...

Horse Creek wind farm public involvement program plan found inadequate after review

Wind | By Marcus Wolf, Watertown Daily Times, N.Y.
After reviewing Atlantic Wind LLC's Public Involvement Program Plan for the Horse Creek Wind Farm project, state Department of Public Service staff members recommend that the developer expand its area of study, incorporate more community outreach and clearly establish its project area, stakeholders and turbine height for its final plan. In a letter she sent to Laura K. Bomyea, ...

SWIC hopes to reduce its carbon footprint with solar panels

Solar | By Jamie Forsythe, Belleville News-Democrat
A $500,000 grant from the U.S. Steel and American Bottom Conservancy trust fund will enable Southwestern Illinois College to install solar panels at its Sam Wolf Granite City Campus to reduce the college's carbon footprint and provide an educational resource for students and the community. "This is a very exciting opportunity to maintain our longstanding commitment to sustainability," ...

Co-op, SolarCity team up on solar facility

Solar | By Kathryn Mykleseth, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Kauai Island Utility Cooperative broke ground for a solar facility with battery storage Monday. The SolarCity solar array attached to a Tesla battery storage system is being built under a 20-year contract between SolarCity and KIUC. The system is across from the Kapaia Power Station at 4149-K Maalo Road in Lihue. SolarCity said the Tesla Powerpack lithium-ion battery storage system ...

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