Tesla starts selling solar roofs

Source: Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Tesla Inc. is ramping up its entry into the solar power market with an announcement today it is taking orders for a new “solar roof” product. The company unveiled the solar roof concept in October as part of its broader vision to fight climate change and acquire SolarCity Corp. Analysts said the product could be transformational, but some said they were skeptical, considering CEO Elon Musk did not outline pricing or announce contracts with the construction industry

Tesla Starts Selling Solar Roof; Says Savings to Cover Costs

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Electric car maker Tesla has added another product to its lineup: Solar roof tiles. As of Wednesday, customers worldwide could order a solar roof on Tesla’s web site. Installations will begin next month in the U.S., starting with California. Installations outside the U.S. will begin next year, the company said.

US Energy Dept. To Trump: Lalalalala We Can’t Hear You, Wind Power Rocks!

Source: By Tina Casey, CleanTechnica • Posted: Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Energy Secretary Rick Perry has been steadily undercutting the Trump Administration’s pro-coal messaging with a flood of press releases, tweets and articles touting clean tech and renewables. The good news is so relentless it’s almost like he’s laughing and pointing over at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. You won’t find much on the Energy Department’s main News & Blog page, but the agency’s social media, offices and labs are firing on all pistons. In the latest development, the agency’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory is out with a new report on the economic benefits of offshore wind development.

Editorial: The huge wind boom in Kansas

Source: By Editorial Board, The Topeka Capital-Journal • Posted: Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

In 2011, wind power accounted for 8 percent of the electricity generated in Kansas. By last year, that proportion increased to almost 30 percent. Kansas is the fifth-largest producer of wind energy in the country, and its capacity will increase through 2017. According to a report issued by the American Wind Energy Association, Kansas ranked second in the U.S. in first-quarter wind installations this year — the 200-megawatt Cimarron Bend II and 280-megawatt Western Plains wind farms brought the state’s total capacity to 4,931 megawatts.

Clean energy critic to staff: ‘I like renewables’

Source: Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

“I like renewables & efficiency,” Simmons wrote. “I know that’s contrary to some of the things that have been written about me, but it’s true.” The blog item — “4 Questions With New Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Daniel Simmons” — appears to have been drawn from a Thursday interview and posted yesterday. Simmons said his journey to EERE had reinforced how quickly the industry is evolving, pointing out that people a decade ago thought the United States had reached “peak oil” and would soon be importing natural gas — predictions that were wrong.

Greens worry grid study could threaten wind PTC

Source: Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Clean energy advocates are worried a fast-tracked Department of Energy study on subsidies and grid reliability could be used to attack critical tax incentives for wind and solar producers. Lukas Ross, climate and energy campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said a study Energy Secretary Rick Perry ordered last month that was revealed through media reports could lay the policy groundwork for Republicans to undo the wind production tax credit (PTC) or other incentives in a larger tax reform package.

No Paris decision until after G-7 — Spicer

Source: Hannah Hess, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

President Trump will delay a decision on whether to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement until after the Group of Seven summit in late May, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said yesterday. Members of the Cabinet and top presidential advisers were set to meet on the issue today but postponed the deliberation, Spicer confirmed.

Trump taps McConnell aide, Pa. regulator to serve at FERC

Source: Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

President Trump announced his intent to nominate a top adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and a Pennsylvania regulator to be members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Neil Chatterjee, a longtime energy aide to McConnell, and Robert Powelson, a Pennsylvania regulator who is serving this year as president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, will need approval from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee before moving to the full chamber.

COAL: States sue Trump admin for ending lease moratorium

Source: Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Four states sued the Trump administration today for lifting an Obama-era moratorium on federal coal leasing. California, New York, New Mexico and Washington filed suit this afternoon in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. They are challenging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s decision to scuttle a broad Obama-era review of the coal leasing program.

Warren Buffett says he’s got a ‘big appetite’ for a solar or wind project

Source: By Evelyn Cheng, CNBC • Posted: Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Warren Buffett is looking for investment opportunities in renewable energy. “We have got a big appetite for wind or solar,” Buffett said Saturday at Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholders meeting. “If someone walks in with a solar project tomorrow and it takes a billion dollars or three billion dollars, we’re ready to do it,” he said. “The more there is the better.”