The US Department of Energy is expected to release a study this week saying that wind and solar energy do not threaten grid reliability -- a narrative that could contradict what Energy Secretary has previously said.
If the US penalizes Chinese solar panel makers by adding tariffs, it could cripple the industry here while also impeding efforts to reduce CO2 emissions.
Who will the next Energy Secretary Be? Rick Perry of Texas and Joe Manchin are in the running, with the former being dedicated to oil and gas the latter being dedicated to coal.
With all the permitting issues and the hassles of building onshore wind energy, it would seem that the industry would look increasingly to constructing turbines offshore. Increasingly it has been closely examining those options but the experience in the United States and in Europe are quite different.
Nuclear energy will be getting some research funds. It's not much. But it does symbolize that this country is looking to the baseload fuel that is relatively carbon-free.
San Francisco will try to triple its zero emissions vehicles by 2025. That would equal to 15 percent of the cars on the road there, including fuel cell vehicles.
Wide bandgap materials such as silicon carbide and gallium nitride are the best options to meet the growing battery demands of electric vehicles, and silicon carbide is expected to displace silicon in EVs by 2020, according to Lux Research. Economics are in favor of wide bandgap materials. For a Tesla ... Read more »
The White House has received the EPA’s draft regulations on carbon emissions from existing power plants, according to Office of Management and Budget records cited by The Hill. President Obama set a June deadline for the proposal, a cornerstone of his climate change plan. An EPA finding from earlier this ... Read more »
Businesses that use renewable natural gas, or RNG, created from food and yard waste can reduce greenhouse gas emissions up to 90 percent or more by switching from diesel to the clean energy source, according to a guide produced by nonprofit Energy Vision and funded by the US Department of ... Read more »
Sunshine Oilsands has selected GE’s produced water evaporation technology for its steam-assisted gravity drainage West Ells project in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. The West Ells site will eventually produce more than 100,000 barrels per day of bitumen. Under the contracts for the first two phases of the project, GE will ... Read more »
Air Products is now operating a Department of Energy demonstration project that will capture about 1 million tons of carbon dioxide in an enhanced oil recovery project in Texas. Described by the DOE as “a milestone” in its Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage program, Air Products’ carbon capture project in Port ... Read more »
The Coca-Cola Company, Facebook and Dell are among 16 companies that have just joined the Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge, which aims to expand the availability of workplace vehicle charging for American workers. Three new corporate partners have also joined the Department’s National Clean Fleets Partnership. By joining the Workplace Charging ... Read more »