U.S. Alternative Energy Correspondent
Nichola's Feed
Nov 5, 2015

Cheap diesel deals big setback to natural gas truck sales

Nov 5 (Reuters) – Sales of trucks powered by natural gas are
sputtering and growth will be far weaker this year than last as
tumbling diesel prices prevent drivers from switching over to
the cleaner-burning fuel even though it is cheaper than it has
been in years.

Sales of medium and heavy duty natural gas trucks are
expected to rise less than 1 percent this year after climbing
nearly 27 percent in 2014, Power Systems Research, a St. Paul,
Minnesota firm that studies engines, told Reuters. It cut that
projection from about 4 percent earlier this year.

Oct 20, 2015

Insight – Power line opponents give renewables their Keystone moment

By Nichola Groom

(Reuters) – Dave Ulery was set to build his “forever home” on his family’s 26-acre property near the Ozark mountain foothills in Arkansas when a knock on the door heralded trouble.

The visitor represented Clean Line Energy Partners LLC, a Texas company established to build transmission lines for carrying wind and solar power. He had come to tell Ulery about a planned line that would cut through the untouched woods of pine and oak trees on his property, bringing power generated by wind farms 500 miles (805 km)to the west, to serve customers 250 miles to the east.

Oct 20, 2015

Power line opponents give renewables their Keystone moment

Oct 20 (Reuters) – Dave Ulery was set to build his “forever
home” on his family’s 26-acre property near the Ozark mountain
foothills in Arkansas when a knock on the door heralded trouble.

The visitor represented Clean Line Energy Partners LLC, a
Texas company established to build transmission lines for
carrying wind and solar power. He had come to tell Ulery about a
planned line that would cut through the untouched woods of pine
and oak trees on his property, bringing power generated by wind
farms 500 miles (805 km)to the west, to serve customers 250
miles to the east.

Oct 19, 2015

Insight – Innovative green financing has hobbled home sales in California

By Nichola Groom

(Reuters) – An innovative, government-sponsored programme aimed at funding energy-saving home improvements has drawn praise from powerful supporters, including President Obama. But complaints from a growing number of homeowners, lenders and realtors in California suggest the financing is making homes more difficult to sell and disrupting the mortgage market.

More than 50,000 California households have signed up for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing since state legislators passed a law in 2008 allowing residents to borrow money for such things as solar panels and energy-efficient windows. The financing method, authorized by cities and counties, and funded  by venture capital-backed startups like Renovate America Inc, Renew Financial LLC and Ygrene Energy Fund Inc, is then paid off through special assessments on property tax bills.

Oct 19, 2015

Innovative green financing has hobbled home sales in California

Oct 19 (Reuters) – An innovative, government-sponsored
program aimed at funding energy-saving home improvements has
drawn praise from powerful supporters, including President
Obama. But complaints from a growing number of homeowners,
lenders and realtors in California suggest the financing is
making homes more difficult to sell and disrupting the mortgage
market.

More than 50,000 California households have signed up for
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing since state
legislators passed a law in 2008 allowing residents to borrow
money for such things as solar panels and energy-efficient
windows. The financing method, authorized by cities and
counties, and funded by venture capital-backed startups like
Renovate America Inc, Renew Financial LLC and Ygrene Energy Fund
Inc, is then paid off through special assessments on property
tax bills.

Oct 9, 2015

Chinese-owned REC gains in U.S. with non-Chinese solar panels

By Nichola Groom

(Reuters) – Chinese-owned solar company REC Group in the last year has quietly become one of the biggest suppliers of solar panels to the United States because its products are made in Singapore and avoid the high tariffs slapped on Chinese panels.

The company, originally from Norway, was bought by China National Bluestar earlier this year. It was already doing most of its manufacturing in Singapore.

Oct 8, 2015

Chinese-owned REC Solar gains in U.S. with non-Chinese panels

By Nichola Groom

(Reuters) – Chinese-owned solar company REC Solar in the last year has quietly become one of the biggest suppliers of solar panels to the United States because its products are made in Singapore and avoid the high tariffs slapped on Chinese panels.

The company, originally from Norway, was bought by China National Bluestar earlier this year. It was already doing most of its manufacturing in Singapore.

Oct 2, 2015

SolarCity says new panel will be industry’s most efficient

Oct 2 (Reuters) – SolarCity Corp on Friday said it
had built a solar panel that is the most efficient in the
industry at transforming sunlight into electricity.

The top U.S. solar installer, which expanded into
manufacturing through its acquisition of Silevo last year, will
make the panels at a major solar panel factory it is building in
Buffalo, New York. That facility will open in 2017.

Sep 21, 2015

Insight – Wildfires push Californians to high-risk insurance market

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – There are lots of reasons people live in California’s Modjeska Canyon.

Nestled against the mountains and abutting the Cleveland National Forest, the area has abundant wildlife and access to nature, yet is just a 20 minute drive from larger Orange County communities.

Sep 21, 2015

Insight – Wildfires push Californians to high-risk insurance market

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – There are lots of reasons people live in California’s Modjeska Canyon.

Nestled against the mountains and abutting the Cleveland National Forest, the area has abundant wildlife and access to nature, yet is just a 20 minute drive from larger Orange County communities.