January 2 -- A major maker of solar panels opened another chapter in a long-simmering trade dispute on Tuesday, asking the Commerce Department to impose new duties on imported modules made of certain components from China or Taiwan. >>View Article
January 2 -- A judge's ruling this week means Minnesota could see a major expansion in the use of solar power over natural gas. >>View Article
December 31 -- From opening our first E15 station, to blending higher amounts of biodiesel, to developing processes to make renewable fuel out of new feed stocks, Minnesota is leading the way and driving the next generation of renewable fuels. We are utilizing our resources and developing new energy technologies that are creating jobs, increasing domestic energy production, and decreasing our dependence on foreign oil. >>View Article
December 31 -- When United States soldiers venture out on routine three-day missions in the field, they mostly pack the essentials: food, water, ammunition and 10 to 13 pounds of batteries. Modern soldiers have so many electronically-powered devices, from night vision goggles to flashlights to radios, that batteries are a vital component of their livelihood.
In fact, they have to carry so many batteries that the weight impedes mobility. The occasional demand for a resupply means more soldiers must risk their lives just to deliver batteries to other military members in need. To alleviate this problem, the army wants soldiers to sport wearable solar panels and bionic knee braces that would harness the sun and kinetic energy to recharge their devices. >>View Article
December 31 -- Massachusetts has joined a growing list of states demanding that its investor-owned utilities invest in the smart grid -- and find new models for how those investments should be valued. Consider it the latest move in a state-by-state reconfiguration of utility business models, aimed at creating new rules for sharing the costs and benefits of grid modernization between utility shareholders and customers. >>View Article
December 31 -- A 3,000-mile network of transmission lines designed to bring wind-generated power from West Texas to homes and businesses from Dallas to San Antonio should be fully operational by today, year’s end.
“There is a vast amount of wind energy that will suddenly be accessible to cities across Texas,” said Jeff Clark, executive director of the Wind Coalition, a nonprofit association focused on wind resources throughout the state and the Midwest. >>View Article
December 30 -- Jim Rogers’ seven-year run atop Duke Energy ends this month in a rush of industry tributes, legacy look-backs and, like a retiring Super Bowl champion, a trip to Disney World. >>View Article
December 30 -- Slabs of concrete with rebar circling the top may not be functional just yet, but by 2015, O'Brien County will have 218 wind turbines standing tall on this base.
"It's going to help Iowa's renewable energy future. It's clean energy for the state. It's good for the state. It's good economic development for a state and a lot of people have been excited about the project, as well as us here at MidAmerican Energy," MidAmerican Spokesperson Tina Potthoff said. >>View Article
December 27 -- A University of Rhode Island study has found that the wind turbines that have been installed so far in the Ocean State have not had any statistically significant effects on the values of nearby homes. >>View Article