Monday, December 11, 2017 | By Renewable Energy News RSS Feed | No Comments
The Trump administration, which was looking to have a plan in place this week to bail out America’s coal country, will instead have to wait until the new year.
Kevin McIntyre, sworn in Thursday as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, asked for a 30-day extension to act on a sweeping proposal by Energy Secretary Rick Perry that would subsidize struggling coal and nuclear plants. Perry, who had called on the commission to come up with a plan by Dec. 11, granted the delay late Friday, saying he “respects the reasons” but “looked forward to swift action.”
Sunday, December 10, 2017 | By Rebecca Hersher | No Comments
NPR has obtained recordings of calls made by Houston residents fearful about putrid odors in the hours and days after Hurricane Harvey started flooding the city’s petrochemical infrastructure.
Saturday, December 9, 2017 | By Cassandra Profita | No Comments
The U.S. ships a big chunk of its recycled goods to China. But China doesn’t want them anymore, and that’s leaving the recycling industry in turmoil.
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Friday, December 8, 2017 | By Environment : NPR | No Comments
NPR’S Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Dan Dunham, trainer at the San Luis Rey Downs Training Center. Several thoroughbred horses were killed there, caught in a California wildfire.
Friday, December 8, 2017 | By Stephanie O'Neill | No Comments
The fires in Southern California have forced many residents to evacuate multiple times within just a few days. That’s leading to confusion about where to head next.
Friday, December 8, 2017 | By Renewable Energy News RSS Feed | No Comments
As soon as solar started being introduced to the grid, operators and engineers raised concerns about solar resources causing instability. Is it possible, however, for utility-scale solar PV plants to provide grid reliability services? Mahesh Morjaria, vice president of PV systems for First Solar, says yes.
Friday, December 8, 2017 | By Natalie Jacewicz | No Comments
Mass-produced crockpots and other ceramic food containers are probably safe, but handmade earthenware might merit a home test.
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Thursday, December 7, 2017 | By Renewable Energy News RSS Feed | No Comments
So if solar won’t be growing in the United States, where should developers look for new markets? One place is in disaster relief. Yung Wong, engineering manager with WorldWater and Solar Technologies explained that when disaster hits, the first thing that the Red Cross and the military do is fly in water bottles. He said that the cost to transport water comes out to about $1.85 per gallon whereas his company can provide drinking water for just a few cents per gallon though a mobile self-sustaining system that purifies water from any source. The system includes 3 kW of solar PV capacity and a 31-kWh deep cycle battery bank and transports as a 7-foot cube.
Thursday, December 7, 2017 | By Dan Charles | No Comments
For the first time, government statistics show America’s pigs, cattle, and poultry are getting fewer antibiotic drugs. Public health advocates call the new figures encouraging.
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Thursday, December 7, 2017 | By Daniel Estrin | No Comments
Palestinians demonstrated and clashed with Israeli troops in protest of President Trump’s declaring the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. But mostly they’re considering their next steps.