June 19 -- When Gen. James Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, first visited my office last year, I was one of the newest members of the House Armed Services Committee. I was eager to hear what he would want to tell me. I expected to hear about the sequester, recruiting and the drawdown, or about medical care. I certainly did not expect the topic he actually raised: “Congressman,” he said, “I want to talk to you about solar energy.” >>View Article
June 19 -- Billionaire tech investor Elon Musk is coming to Buffalo, a move that has major implications for all of western New York.
Musk is the majority shareholder in SolarCity, the biggest player in the business of installing residential solar panels. On Tuesday, SolarCity announced that it was buying solar panel maker Silevo, which is preparing to move into the RiverHub clean technology hub in Buffalo. >>View Article
June 19 -- Greenko Group Plc, an Indian clean-energy developer, reported a 55 percent increase in full-year profit after more than doubling its generating capacity. >>View Article
June 19 -- What will Michigan be like in the year 2030? If proposed rules to limit air pollution from power plants are embraced by decision makers, we will be living in a cleaner, healthier Great Lakes state. Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled new rules that would curb carbon pollution from existing power plants for the first time --- a landmark announcement to implement rules that most Americans assumed already existed. >>View Article
June 18 -- The solar panel factory slated to be part of the RiverBend clean-energy hub in South Buffalo could be more than five times bigger than originally planned, after the California-based company agreed Tuesday to be acquired by one of the nation’s biggest installers of solar power systems.
Instead of creating 475 jobs, as originally promised by the solar panel-maker Silevo, the $200 million deal and the expansion of the Buffalo factory could create “well over 1,000 jobs” under the company’s new owner, SolarCity Corp. of San Mateo, Calif. Its chairman is Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk. >>View Article
June 18 -- Thanks to new investments in natural gas and utility-scale solar energy, El Paso Electric, a Texas utility with nearly 400,000 customers, announced on Monday that its electricity mix will be free from coal by 2016.
Thanks to successive investments in large solar projects, EPE has doubled its utility-scale solar portfolio in less than one year. “Our west Texas and southern New Mexico region has the right kind of sun for optimal solar energy production, making this region the ‘goldilocks’ in terms of climate, humidity and heat characteristics that allow us to expand our renewable portfolio with cost-effective technologies and reliable energy resources,” said Tom Shockley, Chief Executive Officer at El Paso Electric, said in a statement. >>View Article
June 18 -- The National Climate Assessment released earlier this month confirmed that climate disruption is already affecting our health, our communities, and our economy. It also shows what the future will look like across the U.S. depending on whether we take strong action to cut carbon emissions. >>View Article
June 18 -- MADISON, Wis. - There is mixed news regarding Wisconsin's future energy priorities, according to an official of the state's largest environmental organization. The good news is that the state's utilities have hit their renewable-energy target two years ahead of schedule, said Keith Reopelle, senior policy director for Clean Wisconsin. That puts the state in a good position to achieve proposed new carbon-emission standards, he said. >>View Article
June 18 -- Tesla and SolarCity CEO Elon Musk's today announced a deal to acquire Silevo, a solar panel firm based in Silicon Valley. Musk explained the decision in a blog post:
SolarCity was founded to accelerate mass adoption of sustainable energy. The sun, that highly convenient and free fusion reactor in the sky, radiates more energy to the Earth in a few hours than the entire human population consumes from all sources in a year. This means that solar panels, paired with batteries to enable power at night, can produce several orders of magnitude more electricity than is consumed by the entirety of human civilization. >>View Article
June 16 -- Before wind energy developers come into a county or township to start prospecting and negotiating with landowners for easements to build wind energy infrastructure on private property, there's one claim they invariably make. County economic development officials and supervisors are assured that wind energy will bring in substantial property tax revenue to the county. Is their claim true? >>View Article
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