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Mar 13, 2015

China’s BYD takes aim at Tesla in battery factory race

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Chinese automaker BYD (1211.HK: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Co Ltd (002594.SZ: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), backed by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), aims to triple its production of batteries as it takes on Tesla Motors (TSLA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in the race to supply electric vehicles and boost energy storage.

Shenzhen-based BYD plans to add 6 gigawatt hours of global production for batteries in each of the next three years, and hopes to keep adding at that pace afterwards if demand is solid, Matthew Jurjevich, a spokesman for the company, said on Friday.

Mar 13, 2015

Exclusive: Uber in deal with China’s BYD to test electric cars

By Nichola Groom

(Reuters) – Uber Inc said on Friday it struck a deal with Chinese automaker BYD Co Ltd to test a fleet of electric cars for its drivers.

The test program, which kicked off a few weeks ago in Chicago and could eventually expand to other cities, is the Silicon Valley startup’s first attempt to focus on an electric vehicle, said Uber spokeswoman Lauren Altmin.”We’ve seen interest in the program already from current and potential Chicago partners (drivers),” Altmin said.

Mar 10, 2015

California renewable energy zone plan gets revamp after criticism

By Nichola Groom

(Reuters) – An ambitious plan to put California’s renewable energy projects in areas where the environment will face the least harm is getting a major overhaul after years of delays and criticism from developers, environmentalists and counties.

Started in 2008 under then Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan aims to identify 22.5 million acres of land for solar, wind and geothermal projects to meet California’s ambitious goal of sourcing one-third of its electricity from renewable sources.

Mar 5, 2015

Exclusive: SunEdison purchases U.S. energy storage firm in fast-growing market

By Nichola Groom

(Reuters) – U.S. solar project developer SunEdison Inc (SUNE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is expanding into the fast-growing market for grid energy storage with the acquisition of a startup that pairs big batteries with solar installations.

SunEdison said its purchase of Solar Grid Storage LLC, to be announced on Thursday, will allow it to begin building a storage plan across the country, Tom Leyden, SunEdison’s vice president of energy storage deployment, told Reuters on Wednesday.

Mar 5, 2015

SunEdison purchases U.S. energy storage firm in fast-growing market

March 4 (Reuters) – U.S. solar project developer SunEdison
Inc is expanding into the fast-growing market for grid
energy storage with the acquisition of a startup that pairs big
batteries with solar installations.

SunEdison said its purchase of Solar Grid Storage LLC, to be
announced on Thursday, will allow it to begin building a storage
plan across the country, Tom Leyden, SunEdison’s vice president
of energy storage deployment, told Reuters on Wednesday.

Mar 3, 2015

SolarCity sues Arizona utility, says new rates harm solar

By Nichola Groom

(Reuters) – SolarCity Corp on Monday sued Arizona
utility Salt River Project over new electricity rates that the
U.S. solar installer said penalizes residential customers who
choose to put up solar panels.

The action is the latest in a protracted battle between
rooftop solar companies and Arizona utilities over how
traditional power providers will preserve revenue as larger
numbers of customers go solar and pay less to their local
utilities.

Feb 23, 2015

Oscars kick off with humor and award for ‘Whiplash’ actor

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The 87th Academy Awards kicked off on Sunday with a humorous nod toward the lack of diversity among nominees for Hollywood’s highest honors and the night’s first recognition of a veteran actor.

As predicted, J.K. Simmons won the best supporting actor Oscar, the first of his career, for his role as a monstrous music teacher in the independent film “Whiplash.”

Feb 23, 2015

Shimmer and shine dominate rain-soaked Oscars red carpet

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Shimmering beads and jewels in pale hues and dresses in bold tones brightened an unusually dreary rainy afternoon in Hollywood on Sunday as the film industry’s stars hit the glamorous Oscars red carpet.

Actresses Julianne Moore in shimmering Chanel, Felicity Jones and Emma Stone donned dresses with sparkle and shine as they arrived for the biggest night for the movie business.

Feb 23, 2015

Oscar hopefuls turn up wattage for Hollywood’s big night

LOS ANGELES, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Two small movies headed to a
showdown for the biggest of all film prizes at the 87th Academy
Awards on Sunday, in an evening ceremony likely to honor veteran
actors along with feats of filmmaking.

Show business satire “Birdman” and the coming-of-age tale
“Boyhood” are widely considered favorites in the battle for best
picture and best director Oscars. But in one of the least
predictable years in recent memory, the races were too close to
call and there was room for upsets.

Feb 23, 2015

Oscar hopefuls hit red carpet for Hollywood’s big night

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two small movies headed to a showdown for the biggest of all film prizes at the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday, in an evening ceremony likely to honor veteran actors along with feats of filmmaking.

Show business satire “Birdman” and the coming-of-age tale “Boyhood” are widely considered favorites in the battle for best picture and best director Oscars. But in one of the least predictable years in recent memory, the races were too close to call and there was room for upsets.