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Elon Musk: Apple’s Electric Car Plans Are an ‘Open Secret’ in Silicon Valley

International Business Times: It Is an 'Open Secret' That Apple Is Building an Electric Car, Says MuskTesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has said that it is an "open secret" that Apple is developing an electric car, believed to be codenamed Titan. Apple,...

Posted January 13, 2016    

America’s Coal Production Falls to Its Lowest Level Since 1986

The U.S. saw a 10 percent dip in coal production in 2015, part of a downward trend that continues to accelerate. That's the lowest level since 1986.The decline was most pronounced in Appalachia, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information...

Posted January 11, 2016    

Spruce Finance Lines Up $175M for Solar Financing

Newly minted Spruce Finance, the result of a merger between Clean Power Finance and Kilowatt Financial, has received $175 million from U.S. Bank for solar financing.After finalizing the merger in December, the new entity (originally slated to...

Posted January 8, 2016    

How the National Solar Lobby Successfully Passed the Investment Tax Credit

The post-Solyndra politics of solar have changed.In late 2013, top strategists at the solar industry's national lobbying group in Washington mapped out a plan to get a critical tax credit passed through Congress.The 30 percent Investment Tax Credit...

Posted January 5, 2016    

Year in Review: The Stories That Defined Cleantech in 2015 [PODCAST]

 For our last podcast of the year, we offer up our picks for the top stories from the last 12 months. In the first segment, we'll get Katherine's take on policy developments for climate and clean energy. In the second segment, Jigar will...

Posted December 23, 2015    

The Future of Mobility: Are Automakers Prepared for the Threat From Silicon Valley? [PODCAST]

The world’s biggest automakers are suddenly under threat from consumer technology companies in Silicon Valley. Are they up to the challenge?This week, we talk with Anand Shah, the leader of the autonomous mobility unit at Albright Stonebridge Group...

Posted December 18, 2015    

The Energy Gang: An Update From the Front Lines of the Global Climate Negotiations [PODCAST]

Will developing countries sign on to binding carbon reduction targets? Will rich and poor countries agree to a financing package for climate adaptation? Will anyone pay attention to Republican climate deniers posturing on the global stage?Those are...

Posted December 4, 2015    

From Deceit to Disaster, Here Are the Top Turkeys of Energy in 2015

This year’s list features some of our best—and most popular—conversations about these stories.We've covered a lot of good news in the energy business this year. But the most compelling stories are often the ones about people, companies and...

Posted November 26, 2015    

The Energy Gang: Are Obama’s Climate Goals Doomed Without Nuclear? [PODCAST]

When the Obama administration released its carbon rule this summer, it was hailed as a "historic step" to cutting carbon pollution. But is it really?Lots of supporters and analysts think the targets are too weak. Many now worry that the...

Posted October 16, 2015    

The Energy Gang: Exxon Was Once the Leader in Climate Research. Why Did It Turn to Manufacturing Doubt? [PODCAST]

The Energy Gang talks with a journalist who’s been digging into Exxon’s conflicted climate past.In the mid-1970s, Exxon invested millions of dollars into sophisticated climate research and determined that greenhouse-gas emissions would warm the...

Posted September 23, 2015    

From Shopping to Investing, Online Platforms Are Changing the Business of Solar

Two startups tout their platforms at Solar Power International.When EnergySage CEO Vikram Aggarwal looked at the results of his company's solar-homeowner survey conducted earlier this year, he was happy to see they validated his instincts.In one...

Posted September 21, 2015    

Sarah Palin Wants to Be Donald Trump's Energy Secretary

Christopher Halloran / Shutterstock.comHer first priority as head of the Department of Energy: get rid of it.When Donald Trump inevitably becomes president and turns the White House into a Mar-a-Lago private country club, who will join him in his...

Posted September 7, 2015