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Jan 27, 2015

How these energy geeks are re-rbrimagining an old school utility

Jan 27 (Reuters) – Welcome to the utility
industry’s future – or at least that’s what Southern California
Edison is hoping.

Here in a non-descript, 53,500-square-foot building, the $12
billion utility’s research team is testing everything from
charging electronic vehicles via cell phone to devices that
smooth out the power created by rooftop solar panels.

Jan 12, 2015

New shows ‘Transparent’, ‘The Affair’ take top TV Golden Globes

By Nichola Groom

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) – Two fresh new series, Showtime’s “The Affair” and Amazon’s “Transparent,” were catapulted into the spotlight on Sunday at Hollywood’s Golden Globe awards, taking home the night’s honors for best television drama and comedy.

Amazon.com Inc’s win for “Transparent” marked the first time an online streaming service took home a Golden Globe for best series. The show, about a transgender woman who comes out to her three adult children, won for best comedy series.

Jan 9, 2015

Oil price slump taking a toll on US alternative fuels

Jan 8 (Reuters) – With gas pump prices lingering near their
lowest levels in five years, greener, cleaner alternative fuels
are taking a hit.

Makers of biodiesel, a fuel made from vegetable oil or
animal fats, are slashing prices and margins in a bid to stay
competitive with the price of diesel fuel, which is down more
than 20 percent from a year ago.

Nov 20, 2014

Henrik Fisker is back with a souped up Mustang

LOS ANGELES, Nov 20 (Reuters) – A year after the
government-backed electric car company bearing his name filed
for bankruptcy, Henrik Fisker is back.

The Danish designer on Thursday will unveil a souped up Ford
Mustang to be sold in limited numbers by Galpin Auto
Sports, a Southern California car dealership that specializes in
customizing vehicles.

Nov 19, 2014

Cadillac boss envisions $250,000 flagship car – in 2029

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Cadillac’s new boss believes General Motors’ premium brand could eventually sell ultra-luxury cars that retail for a quarter-million dollars by 2029.

“It is too early today for a $250,000 Cadillac,” said Johann de Nysschen, in an interview on Wednesday at the annual auto show here. “Fifteen years from now, it won’t be.”

Nov 19, 2014

Alfa Romeo expansion on track, Fiat Chrysler executive says

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The sporty Alfa Romeo brand’s growth into one of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ main global brands, along with an imminent U.S. relaunch, is on target, its North American chief said at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday.

Reid Bigland, who also heads U.S. sales for the Chrysler Group, said FCA’s commitment of $6.5 billion to revamp Alfa Romeo makes the company’s lofty sales goal announced earlier this year “achievable.”

Nov 18, 2014

Exclusive: NRG betting big on rooftop solar in California

By Nichola Groom

(Reuters) – U.S. power company NRG Energy Inc aims to grab a bigger piece of the residential solar industry by expanding its business in California, the nation’s biggest solar market, and offering a new financing option to its customers.

NRG Home Solar on Tuesday will announce two new offices and plans to add 100 employees in the Golden State. The company is already a top competitor on the East Coast but has lagged rivals such as SolarCity Corp and Vivint Solar Inc in California.

Nov 18, 2014

Toyota aims to replicate Prius success with fuel cell Mirai

NEWPORT BEACH California (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp on Monday said it will introduce its first mass-market fuel cell car in the United States next year, hoping to replicate the success of its Prius hybrid with a vehicle that runs on hydrogen instead of gasoline.

The four-person sedan named Mirai, the Japanese word for “future”, will be at California dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2015. Only 200 will be available in the United States next year, with volumes increasing to 3,000 by 2017, executives said at a press conference in Newport Beach, California.

Nov 13, 2014

Exclusive: Controversial U.S. energy loan program has wiped out losses

By Nichola Groom

(Reuters) – The controversial government program that funded failed solar company Solyndra, and became a lighting rod in the 2012 presidential election, is officially in the black.

According to a report by the Department of Energy, interest payments to the government from projects funded by the Loan Programs Office were $810 million as of September – higher than the $780 million in losses from loans it sustained from startups including Fisker Automotive, Abound Solar and Solyndra, which went bankrupt after receiving large government loans intended to help them bring their advanced green technologies to market.

Nov 13, 2014

Controversial U.S. energy loan program has wiped out losses

Nov 13 (Reuters) – The controversial government program that
funded failed solar company Solyndra, and became a lighting rod
in the 2012 presidential election, is officially in the black.

According to a report by the Department of Energy, interest
payments to the government from projects funded by the Loan
Programs Office were $810 million as of September – higher than
the $780 million in losses from loans it sustained from startups
including Fisker Automotive, Abound Solar and Solyndra, which
went bankrupt after receiving large government loans intended to
help them bring their advanced green technologies to market.