Republicans generally don't like subsidies that favor clean energy, which they deride as government picking winners and losers. Mitt Romney opposes the tax credit, and it's not part of the GOP platform for next week's convention. But many Colorado Republicans are joining Democrats in calling on Congress to extend a wind energy production tax credit.
Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the world's biggest maker of wind turbines, says it is slashing 7 percent of its workforce in its second round of lay-offs this year. The western Denmark-based group says the job cuts of 1,400 workers will help it reduce fixed costs by more than €250 million ($310 million) as it deals with stiff competition and a market slowdown.
Chinese solar panel makers that grew fast over the past decade are suffering big losses due to slumping global sales and a price war that threaten an industry seen by communist leaders as a role model for hopes to transform China into a technology leader. Another looming challenge: Moves by the United States and Europe toward imposing possible anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese-made solar panels that might further depress sales.
Chris Wheaton, CFO/COO and co-founder of Seattle-based EnerG2, describes his company’s product as “the least-interesting-looking product” around. “It’s literally just bags of black powder,” Wheaton explains. Despite its rather bland physical characteristics, this black powder has a big job. Designed to optimize the performance of energy storage devices, EnerG2’s carbon processing technique was born in a lab, but had bigger ambitions.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has begun implementing tougher emissions rules designed to improve air quality, drawing criticism from a Republican congressman who said the new regulations could devastate Minnesota's mining industry. The rules, which regulate haze caused in part by the six taconite plants in northeastern Minnesota, impose stricter limits on industrial emissions.
Valley Meat Co. is being fined $86,4000 after one federal inspector wrote that one pile of rotting cow renderings stood about 15 feet tall.
Federal officials say the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere is falling due to cheap and plentiful natural gas.
Suntech, like most of the world's solar panel makers, has seen profits plummet because a glut in solar panels has sent prices tumbling.
Peter Richardson, a Boise energy lawyer and would-be solar developer, contends his industry faces a "train wreck."
The Natural Resources Defense Council investigated air pollution from coal-fired power plants to name its "Toxic Twenty" states.
"The bottom line is if the vehicle is more than three years old, there's going to be an emissions inspection," said Sen. Stan Bingham, R-Davidson.
The industry is threatening to pull a lucrative biannual trade show in Utah if the state doesn't change course on environmental issues.
US Magnesium's loss in an appeals court means industries won't be able to exceed pollution limits and escape sanctions by blaming malfunctioning equipment.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says a rollback of energy-efficiency standards would hurt U.S. manufacturers and help Chinese companies bring inferior products here.
More than 1,000 people lured by the promise of a few hundred dollars showed up to get onboard a lawsuit against Chevron for causing nausea and scratchy throats.
The value of the cleanup work to be performed at the old Mercury Refining Company site under the agreement is estimated at $9.3 million.
Investigators were looking at how a small, seemingly insignificant leak quickly unraveled into an intense fire that sent acrid black smoke into the sky.
The impetus is the company's bottom lines — conserving water guarantees long-term access to the most crucial ingredient in their products.
The 200-acre site, once known as Ford Utica Trim, will be tested for trichloroethylene and trichloroethane, both of which can cause health problems.
Nashville-based Gibson agreed to pay a $300,000 penalty as part of a settlement to "get back to the business of making guitars."
The blaze at Chevron's plant in Richmond, Calif. spewed thick black smoke possibly containing gasoline, jet fuel, diesel fuel and lubricants.
In July, the combined output from Pennsylvania and West Virginia wells was about 7.4 billion cubic feet per day, and looks to be expanding further.
The wind industry aims at tripling its electricity share by 2020, mostly thanks to new offshore wind farms and the replacement of older wind turbines with new and more efficient ones.
GM repurposed 250 vehicle part shipping crates to become raised garden beds at the site, to be called the "Cadillac Urban Gardens."
The HORIZON line L-810 low-intensity products provide an LED-based solution for FAA L-810 steady burning lights, and can be powered using a solar array for renewable energy applications.