January 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who oversaw a moratorium on offshore drilling after the BP oil spill and promoted alternative energy sources throughout the nation, will step down in March. A former U.S. senator from Colorado, Salazar ran the Interior Department throughout President Obama's first term and pushed renewable power such as solar and wind and the settlement of a long-standing dispute with American Indians. With Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson also leaving the administration and Energy Secretary Steven Chu expected to depart, Obama will have a clean slate of top officials overseeing energy and environmental issues.
October 21, 2012
DETROIT - Stan Ovshinsky, the self-taught inventor who developed the nickel-metal hydride battery used in the hybrid vehicle industry, has died at his home in suburban Detroit after a fight with cancer. He was 89. Ovshinsky, who ran Energy Conversion Devices, a car battery development company, also created a machine that produced nine-mile-long sheets of thin solar energy panels intended to bring cheaper, cleaner power to homes and businesses. His son, Harvey Ovshinsky, said his father was passionate about science and alternative energy, but also about civil rights and other social causes.
September 8, 2012 |
TOKYO - The head of the Japanese utility that owns the tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant says last year's meltdowns sapped away money it might have used to switch to alternative energy, making it all the more important for the company to stick with nuclear. Naomi Hirose, president of Tokyo Electric Power Co., said that it was "quite troubling" that the government, responding to public opinion, was moving toward eliminating nuclear power, but he said that Tepco would follow whatever energy policy Japan adopts.
July 20, 2012 |
ABOARD THE USS NIMITZ - About 100 nautical miles northeast of Oahu in the Pacific Ocean, a fleet of U.S. Navy fighter jets slings from the deck of the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier, leaving thin trails of smoke on the tight runway. The operation, part of maneuvers involving several thousand sailors as part of the world's largest naval exercises in waters off Hawaii, was at the center of a growing controversy involving defense spending and foreign oil. The dozens of air and sea vessels surrounding the Nimitz - including helicopters, fighter jets and destroyers - were running on a biofuel blend that can be substituted for traditional fuel without any engine modifications.
March 22, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - With gasoline prices high at the pump and on voters' list of complaints, President Obama on Wednesday began a two-day, four-state trip to bring to life what he calls his "all of the above" agenda to foster alternative energy sources as well as oil and gas. Obama hopscotched Wednesday from Nevada, and the desert site of the nation's largest solar photovoltaic power plant, to New Mexico to see oil and gas drilling rigs on federal lands...
October 31, 2011 |
Looking back, Swarthmore's leaders are a tad foggy on how the borough came to far outpace other communities in the use of alternative energy. Maybe it stemmed from the borough's long history of environmental activism. Or the nature of a town founded by Quakers that is host to a celebrated liberal-arts college. In any event, Swarthmore has achieved a level of green that most towns would envy. In the last year, more than a quarter of the energy needed to power its homes, buildings, and schools - 27.9 percent - came from renewable sources.
May 31, 2011
By Hal Marcovitz When I converted my Bucks County home to solar power in 2009, I was delighted to learn that utilities in Pennsylvania and elsewhere would pay me for the right to claim the energy produced on my roof as their own. Last year, I earned more than $1,600 selling what are known as alternative-energy credits. Pennsylvania and other states require utilities to generate a portion of their energy from renewable resources such as sun and wind. Since utilities in the Northeast generally don't maintain large solar or wind farms - as their counterparts in places like Arizona and New Mexico do - they satisfy the requirements by claiming ownership of power produced by rooftop systems.
April 7, 2011 |
In the state where steel once reigned, where coal was king, and where natural gas is a burning issue, President Obama yesterday came to talk about wind. Visiting a Bucks County wind-turbine manufacturer to tout his alternative-energy plan, Obama also blew a little hot air about Congress and the budget standstill threatening to shut down government. "It makes it tough to win the future when you haven't passed the budget from last year," Obama told the crowd gathered inside Gamesa Technology Corp.'s cavernous factory in Fairless Hills.
November 17, 2010 |
Projects to charge electric cars, fuel vehicles that run on natural gas, and promote biofuels received a $7.9 million boost from the state Tuesday. Gov. Rendell announced that amount in state grants for 21 projects, which he said also would create 221 jobs and cut carbon dioxide emissions by 14.5 million pounds. Additional private funds to finish the projects boost their value to $30 million, he said. "These are exciting projects because they pave the way for consumers to adopt these new technologies," Rendell said at a news conference in Harrisburg.
October 26, 2010 |
The sun has not yet officially set on this year's legislative session in Harrisburg, but it has on an effort to increase the state requirement for use of solar power. "For all practical purposes, it's dead," Maureen Mulligan, lobbyist for Pennsylvania's two largest solar-advocacy groups, declared in an e-mail Monday. It's the third time in two years that a legislative proposal to boost the state's commitment to alternative energy has failed to even reach a vote in the full House or Senate.