January 28 -- Traveling across the country by electric vehicle is now possible for owners of the Tesla Model S performance sedan.
Even better, it costs nothing.
Using the all-electric vehicle maker’s exclusive supercharging network, John Gleeney made the trip with his adult daughter, Jill Glenney, from New York to Los Angeles in less than a week, utilizing 28 supercharging stations, according to Silicon Beat. >>View Article
January 28 -- Having products considered “local” is very important to people today. And no product is more “local” to Nebraska and the Midwest than our home-grown, renewable fuel: ethanol.
Nebraskans who use ethanol or own a flexible-fuel vehicle (FFV) have options at the pump to save money. Flex-fuel vehicles are able to operate on any blend of ethanol and gasoline up to E85, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. Flex-fuel vehicle owners can fill up with any blend in any amount at any time. >>View Article
January 28 -- Wind energy suffers from an image problem: because it’s intermittent, wind complicates the grid’s operation and requires fossil fuel power plants for backup. But wind farms could actually improve power reliability in an economic way, according to a recent study.
In an analysis, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) showed that wind farms can quickly change their output to provide frequency regulation, a service grid operators rely on to ensure reliable power delivery. The finding could change how regulators, grid operators and wind-farm owners view wind energy. >>View Article
January 27 -- In conservative politics, solar power is often dismissed as an affectation, part of a liberal agenda to funnel money to “solar cronies” of the Obama administration and further the “global warming hoax.”
So one would not expect to see Barry Goldwater Jr., the very picture of modern conservatism and son of the 1964 Republican nominee for president, arguing passionately on behalf of solar energy customers. But there he was last fall, very publicly opposing a push by Arizona’s biggest utility to charge as much as $100 a month to people who put solar panels on their roofs. >>View Article
January 27 -- IT WAS not the usual roundup of environmental activists saying the sky is falling. Instead, it was the biggest bankers and insurance companies calling for massive investments in clean energy lest we — and they — pay in massive damages from climate change. >>View Article
January 27 -- Renewable-energy companies will derive more of their funding from bond markets as banks curb lending to the industry, Citigroup Inc. (C)’s head of environmental finance said.
Green-bond sales and initial public offerings will expand after kicking off last year, Michael Eckhart said by telephone. Bonds backing clean-energy and environmental ventures may account for 10 percent to 20 percent of the $7 trillion-a-year market for the securities within a decade, he said. >>View Article
January 27 -- In Raleigh recently, North Carolinians got glimpses into two futures for our state.
One, depicted by Gov. McCrory, is a state where offshore drilling rigs dot our coastline and fracking rigs pock our lands... The other glimpse into our potential future was depicted by President Obama. At a company that makes energy-efficient industrial drives that save money and electricity, President Obama expounded on a future where clean energy and innovation drives our economic growth. He announced a next-generation electronics manufacturing institute at N.C. State that will train the entrepreneurs and energy innovators of tomorrow. Fittingly, the president’s visit to Raleigh came just as North Carolina was ranked No. 2 in the country for solar installations. >>View Article
January 27 -- Last week, ACORE (American Council on Renewable Energy) announced their selection of Michael Brower as President and CEO of the organization. Bower had served as interim President and CEO of ACORE since late July and, after a nationwide search, was selected to fill the position permanently. >>View Article
January 24 -- Jobs in North Carolina’s clean tech sector grew by 20 percent in 2013 according to an annual census issued this week by the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association, a Raleigh trade and lobbying organization. >>View Article