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Nov 21, 2013

Ford betting iconic Mustang will lure overseas buyers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co (F.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is preparing to launch its Mustang coupe overseas for the first time, betting that the romance of the iconic American car will draw more consumers to its showrooms outside the United States.

The Mustang, which was redesigned for the 2015 model year, is a key vehicle that will both help Ford meet its mid-decade margin goals and attract new customers, Ford’s president of the Americas, Joe Hinrichs, said at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday.

Nov 20, 2013

Nissan to lift US output of Leaf electric car as demand climbs

LOS ANGELES, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co Ltd
said it will lift U.S. production of its all-electric Leaf as
demand for the car has surged sharply this year following a cut
to its sticker price.

For many automakers, demand for electric vehicles has
generally failed to live up to expectations set when models like
the Leaf and General Motors Co’s gasoline-electric hybrid
Volt were being developed.

Nov 15, 2013

Arizona sets precedent for solar systems with new monthly fee

Nov 14 (Reuters) – Arizona on Thursday dealt a blow to the
state’s largest utility by approving a monthly fee on customers
with solar panels that Arizona Public Service said was not
enough to offset the costs that those rooftop systems have
heaped on its remaining ratepayers.

The measure, approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission
in a 3-2 vote, was intended to serve as a compromise between APS
and the solar industry, which had fought to stop the utility’s
efforts to change a solar incentive that has buttressed the
rapid growth of rooftop systems in one of the nation’s sunniest
states.

Nov 14, 2013

In Arizona, a closely watched vote to decide solar policy’s fate

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Proponents of solar power will face off with Arizona’s biggest utility on Thursday in a last-ditch effort to sway regulators who are preparing to rule on the fate of a little-known solar subsidy that, if altered, would be a blow to the burgeoning U.S. rooftop solar industry in one of its biggest markets.

The Arizona Corporation Commission’s expected vote will be watched closely by utility and solar players far beyond the Grand Canyon State. That’s because the two industries are increasingly at odds over a policy known as net metering, which allows homeowners with rooftop solar systems to sell the power they don’t use back to their utilities at retail rates.

Nov 13, 2013

Arizona weighs fate of key solar power subsidy

LOS ANGELES, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Arizona utility regulators
on Wednesday began considering the fate of a little-known solar
subsidy that, if altered, would be a major blow to the
burgeoning U.S. rooftop solar industry in one of its biggest
markets.

The outcome of the long-awaited two-day hearing is being
closely watched by utility and solar players far beyond the
Grand Canyon State. In Arizona and elsewhere, the two industries
are increasingly at odds over a policy known as net metering,
which allows homeowners with rooftop solar systems to sell the
power they don’t use back to their utilities at retail rates.

Nov 8, 2013

Knock! Knock! Solar company wins converts going door to door

, Nov 8 (Reuters) – On a sleepy suburban
street near Los Angeles, Reno Mendenhall walks up to a modest
home and knocks on the door. The tall, blonde, 31-year-old is so
clean cut that he says he is sometimes told he looks like
Britain’s Prince William.

A woman comes to the door and Mendenhall, dressed in gray
shorts and a bright orange polo shirt that says Vivint, begins
his sales pitch. He’s tried two blocks of houses without
success.

Oct 30, 2013

SunPower results shine; 2014 outlook disappoints

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – SunPower Corp (SPWR.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Wednesday reported a higher-than-expected profit, raised its 2013 earnings outlook and announced investment in a new factory, a move it said signaled the global solar market has turned around.

Wall Street initially cheered the results, sending SunPower shares up in after-market trading. The stock later reversed course to trade down 3 percent when the company’s chief executive gave a 2014 earnings per share forecast that fell short of expectations due to expenses for the new plant and a higher share count.

Oct 30, 2013

SunPower to build new factory as results easily top estimates

LOS ANGELES, Oct 30 (Reuters) – SunPower Corp on
Wednesday reported a quarterly profit that soared past
expectations, raised its earnings outlook for the year and said
it will invest in a major new factory, a move it said signaled
that the global solar market has turned around.

Wall Street initially cheered the results, sending SunPower
shares up in after-market trading, but the stock later reversed
course to trade down 3 percent at $30.90.

Oct 29, 2013

Arch Coal cuts metallurgical production view; shares drop

By Nichola Groom

(Reuters) – U.S. coal miner Arch Coal Inc (ACI.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Tuesday reported disappointing third-quarter results and cut its production outlook for steelmaking coal for the second time this year while rival CONSOL Energy Inc (CNX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) reported earnings that slightly topped estimates due to strict cost controls.

Both companies’ shares fell, with Arch shares down 3 percent at $4.03 and CONSOL down 1.3 percent at $37.46.

Sep 27, 2013

California solar policy costing all utility customers: report

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California’s non-solar homeowners are paying a growing share of maintaining the power grid under a controversial state policy, while ratepayers with solar rooftops are paying less, a report commissioned by the state’s utility regulator said on Thursday.

The report, which was issued by the California Public Utilities Commission but performed by an outside research firm, forecast that in 2020, the policy of “net metering” would cost $1.1 billion a year. It will shift about $359 million in costs a year from customers with solar panels to other ratepayers. Residential customers who have no solar panels would bear about $287 million of those costs.