Biofuel

Tesla patent shows new way to automated high-speed charging with external cooling

The next generation of electric vehicle charging stations are coming and while most companies are focusing on getting the highest charge rate possible, Tesla is also looking to automate the charging process to prepare its infrastructure for its fully self-driving update.<p>A recently released patent …

SolarCity

How Edison's customers might get power from a new utility

<i>A Southern California Edison sign outside the San Onofre Nuclear Plant.; Credit: Grant Slater/KPCC</i>Sharon McNarySouthern California Edison customers …

Renewable Energy

Boulder's long road to its elusive right to a municipal electric utility

In 1969, long before climate change was a major political issue, a 20-year franchise agreement between Boulder and the Colorado-based electric …

Cities

EGEB: UK’s 1st coal-free day since Industrial Revolution, 50GW US of utility solar, largest ever 4GWh battery system, more

Major Solar Projects List from the SEIA – The USA has about 45GW of solar power running currently. This report looks specifically at projects larger than 1MW – and they’ve got about 20GW worth in the database. More interesting is that there is another 50GW of solar power in the development stages. …

Renewable Energy

Texas Power: No Country for Old Thinking - Bloomberg Gadfly

It's been kind of a yin-and-yang week in the Texas power market. One business slipped into bankruptcy, while a brand new one launched itself into the …

Renewable Energy

Colorado Bill Would Create Bonds to Retire Coal Plants and Finance Worker Retraining

As coal plants and coal mines continue to shut down across the U.S., coal workers are getting hit hard. While the transition has brought lower-carbon …

Renewable Energy

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Biodiesel

Thomas Edison’s DC Charging Station and 1914 Detroit Electric Model 47

As part of the BMW of North America and the US National Parks Services event we wrote about earlier, we had a chance to take a look at Thomas Edison’s garage in Llewellyn Park and his Detroit Electric Model 47 that is on display there. This is the actual car the Thomas and his wife Mina used about …

Electric Vehicles

KHNL : Higher wind power costs raise Maui consumers' electric bills

Top Stories<p>Higher wind power costs raise Maui consumers' electric bills<p>Posted: 04/21/2017 4:51 AM<p>HONOLULU (AP) - An electric company representative …

Renewable Energy

What Cities Learned From Their First-Ever Group Purchase of Community Solar

The nation’s first-ever attempt to have municipal governments collectively buy power from community solar gardens was a modest success, according to …

Renewable Energy

Here's what more than 41,000 people think about solar energy

<i>By James Strapp, vice president of Global Solutions for the Energy and Utilities Industry, IBM</i><p>As we mark this year’s Earth Day, we see greater interest in the use of renewable energy sources.<p>Decreasing energy production costs, increasing public environmental responsibility, and changing incentive …

Renewable Energy

The irony of the EV chargers at the Thomas Edison Museum

BMW has teamed up with the National Park Service and Department of Energy to install up to 100 electric vehicle charging stations in and around national parks. The first of these were switched on at a symbolic location, the Thomas Edison National Historical Park, where Edison lived and worked in …

Renewable Energy

Communities Push For Investigation Into Comcast’s ‘Broadcast TV’ & ‘Regional Sports’ Fees

Comcast is already being sued over its “Broadcast TV” and “Regional Sports” surcharges, with customers alleging that the cable company uses these …

Net Neutrality

Will NRG Energy Profit From Distributed Energy?

A secretive new data project called SpaceTag, now being deployed in California, could pave the way for distributed-energy systems in other states.<p>The …

Renewable Energy

Paying Nuclear Losers for ‘Clean’ Power Upends U.S. Markets - Bloomberg

Some U.S. states are trying to save money-losing nuclear plants -- and disrupting America’s electricity markets in the process.<p>New York and Illinois …

Renewable Energy

What The Return Of Nuclear Power Plant Construction Means For Municipal Investors

<i>By Chad Farrington, CFA, Head of Municipal Bond Credit Research and Senior Portfolio Manager</i><p><i>The builder constructing the first new nuclear power</i> …

Nuclear Energy

Lyndon Rive: It’s Time for Solar-Plus-Storage to Dominate Island Grids

In many places, it's still up for debate whether a battery project will pencil out. On island grids, though, storage already offers a slam dunk when …

Renewable Energy

The Latest: State Supreme Court hears utility rate challenge

The Latest on a legal challenge to a 2015 law involving electric rates (all times local):<p>12:55 p.m.<p>Virginians could see their electric bills go down …

U.S. State Supreme Courts

Utility says it’s halting effort to study Kenai Peninsula dam following strong public opposition

Chugach Electric Association announced Thursday it will end its study of a hydroelectric dam at Snow River on the Kenai Peninsula following a public …

Renewable Energy

Why Investors Should Have Known Tesla's SolarCity Acquisition Was a Bad Business Decision

Tesla is shrinking SolarCity and outsourcing solar manufacturing, and it doesn't show any progress in making solar an integral part of Tesla's …

Elon Musk

Duke Energy reports errors, weather led to bill complaints

Duke Energy says internal billing errors, misread power meters and a cold December led to customer complaints of high utility bills in Terre Haute …

Renewable Energy

Apple Maps now lists UK EV chargers and public bikes

As Apple turns to laser-mounted minivans and even drones to improve the accuracy of its Maps app, the company also regularly introduces useful points of interest for iOS users. As <i>Bloomberg</i> reports, the iPhone maker has added new data points that will help UK electric vehicle owners find nearby …

Apple

Senate committee votes against Ige’s choice for PUC

The Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health committee recommended the full senate reject Gov. David Ige’s controversial nominee to the state …

U.S. Congress

State Officials to Celebrate California’s Leadership in Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Adoption

Today,, leaders from three state agencies will caravan from Sacramento to the Bay Area and back to demonstrate how easy it is to drive and fuel …

Biomass

UK unprepared for surge in electric car use, thinktank warns

Green Alliance says simultaneous charging could potentially damage electronic equipment unless action is taken by 2020<p>The UK’s energy networks are not ready for a surge in electric cars and solar panels that is coming within the next few years, according to a report.<p>Clusters of the battery powered …

Renewable Energy

Two U.S. Utility Mergers Squashed in a Week Offer a Lesson - Bloomberg

There’s a lesson to be had from the two multibillion-dollar U.S. utility mergers blocked by state regulators just in the past week: Do not …

Mergers & Acquisitions

Utility scale solar in Vietnam gets 10¢/kWh, a pathway to 10TW of solar power, more

Vietnam introduces utility-scale solar FiT and rooftop net metering – <i>FiT for utility-scale solar PV would be VND2.086/kWh (US$0.0935), exclusive of Value Added Tax. The FiT would be subject to fluctuations in the VND/US$ exchange rate and would only apply to projects where the cell efficiency is</i> …

Renewable Energy

Should businesses be revving up for an EV revolution?

<b>In a follow-up to his recent piece on EVs, Peter Rolton, chairman of engineering consultancy Rolton Group,</b> <b>explores the benefits to businesses joining</b> …

Renewable Energy

Washington State Spearheads a Novel Clean Energy Solution for Starbucks, REI and Target

Puget Sound Energy, the largest investor-owned utility in Washington State, announced a first-of-its-kind clean energy program yesterday aimed at …

Renewable Energy

Hawaii counties see decrease in solar permits

One of the last surviving veterans of the sinking of the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor has been reunited with his shipmates.<p>One of …

Hawaii