Ikea phases out incandescent light bulbs in US

Ikea has stopped selling lighting supplies equipped with incandescent light bulbs in the US. The move comes ahead of a 2012 deadline set by the government to comply with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Ikea is the first major retailer in the US to phase out the bulbs, which it started this […]

US gives £838m loan to wind farm

The US government has approved a $1.3bn (£838m) loan to what will become the world’s largest wind farm. US Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that a partial loan guarantee has been finalised to finance the Caithness Shepherds Flat project, an 845-megawatt facility in eastern Oregon. “Renewable energy investments like these are creating jobs while helping […]

US forms Energy Efficiency and Renewables Advisory Committee

The US Department of Energy has set up an Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee. Members of the ERAC will report directly to the Secretary of Energy Steven Chu with advice on the portfolio of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy . The 19 members selected have experience in a variety of […]

Solar panels to go back on White House roof

Solar panels are to be fitted to the roof of the White House 25 years after they were taken off on the orders of Ronald Reagan. The Obama administration said this week that a mix of solar thermal and photovoltaic panels will be fitted next spring to generate hot water and renewable electricity. Solar panels […]

US approves first offshore windfarm

After years of controversy, the US has approved its first offshore windfarm, which will be built off off Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The $1bn, 130-turbine farm will lie in Nantucket Sound and cover 24 square miles, roughly the size of Manhattan. The tip of the highest blade of each turbine would reach 440 feet above sea […]