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May 22, 2015

California oil spill ignites array of protests against industry

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – This week’s oil spill in California has become a springboard for environmental groups to attack the oil industry, with calls ranging from a ban on fracking in the Golden State to a halt to drilling in the far-flung Arctic.

Two days after a pipeline rupture began spilling 105,000 gallons of crude oil onto a beach and into the Pacific Ocean west of Santa Barbara, several environmental groups held a rally on the steps of the town’s Spanish-style County Courthouse on Thursday to call for an end to fracking in California.

May 15, 2015

Insight – Conservative push for solar is backed by usual green advocates

LOS ANGELES/BOSTON (Reuters) – When Debbie Dooley, a Tea Party firebrand from Woodstock Georgia, makes the case for solar power, she doesn’t rely on the usual environmental talking points. She speaks of property rights, national security and free market competition.

Former Republican Congressman Barry Goldwater, Jr. casts his support for solar energy as a conservative stance against monopoly power utilities that “want to limit energy choice.” 

May 15, 2015

Conservative push for solar is backed by usual green advocates

LOS ANGELES/BOSTON, May 15 (Reuters) – When Debbie Dooley, a
Tea Party firebrand from Woodstock Georgia, makes the case for
solar power, she doesn’t rely on the usual environmental talking
points. She speaks of property rights, national security and
free market competition.

Former Republican Congressman Barry Goldwater, Jr. casts his
support for solar energy as a conservative stance against
monopoly power utilities that “want to limit energy choice.”

May 4, 2015

Tesla faces competition for customers, subsidies

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Tesla Motors Inc’s plan to generate new revenue by repackaging electric car batteries as home and business power storage systems faces stiff competition for both customers and the government subsidies that are critical to the market’s growth.

At the unveiling of its suite of storage battery systems on Thursday, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said at a company event near Los Angeles the new Tesla Energy was far ahead of its competition in offering an integrated system for generating solar power and storing it on-site.

May 1, 2015

Tesla unveils suite of batteries for homes, businesses

LOS ANGELES, April 30 (Reuters) – Tesla Motors Inc
unveiled Tesla Energy – a suite of batteries for homes,
businesses and utilities – a highly-anticipated plan to expand
its business beyond electric vehicles.

Tesla introduced its home battery, named Powerwall, a
rechargeable lithium-ion battery to store energy at residential
level for load shifting, backup power and self-consumption of
solar power generation.

Apr 30, 2015

Tesla hunts for new revenue in home storage batteries

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Tesla Motors Inc shares slipped Thursday after a month-long surge ahead of Chief Executive Elon Musk’s expected announcement that the money-losing electric luxury car maker will seek new revenues from batteries for storing electricity at homes and businesses.

Musk and other Tesla officials have dropped a series of broad hints over the past month about the topic of the announcement, which is scheduled for 8 p.m. Pacific time Thursday at a Tesla facility near Los Angeles.

Apr 27, 2015

AES says power storage business expanding into Europe, new U.S. markets

LOS ANGELES, April 27 (Reuters) – AES Corp unveiled
plans on Monday to expand its energy storage business into
Europe and in new U.S. markets as the power industry aims to
boost the reliability of renewable energy.

In total, AES has more than 1,000 MW of energy storage
projects in development, according to AES Energy Storage
President John Zahurancik. Of that total, 260 MW is in
construction or late stage development. For comparison, 1,000 MW
is about the output of a typical U.S. nuclear reactor.

Apr 15, 2015

Exclusive: Warm winter temperatures slammed California wind farms

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Wind energy deliveries to California’s top utility fell by half in the first two months of the year because of unusually weak winds in some Western states. The slowed wind energy production has exacerbated electricity shortfalls caused by a long drought, which has reduced hydroelectric power in the most populous U.S. state.

Southern California Edison, which is owned by Edison International, said that any gaps left by the 50% drop in wind production during an exceptionally warm January and February will be filled with electricity bought on the open market. Spot purchases tend to be more expensive and often come from natural gas.

Apr 2, 2015

NextEra’s Hawaii deal faces big concerns from solar players

By Nichola Groom

(Reuters) – NextEra Energy Inc’s (NEE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) $4.3 billion plan to buy Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc (HE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has made solar companies uneasy, worried that the deal would reverse the island state’s push to decentralize its power grid.

In documents filed with Hawaii’s utility regulator, SunPower Corp (SPWR.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), SunEdison Inc (SUNE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and a group backed by SolarCity (SCTY.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) say they are worried the acquisition would be bad for their businesses, many of which have grown dramatically in the Aloha State in just a few years. The deal, announced in December, needs Public Utilities Commission approval.

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.