"July 27 News: Apple May Power New Reno Data Center Entirely With Clean Energy"
Apple is producing enough clean power, through solar panels and fuel cells, at its data center in North Carolina that it says it can cover 60 percent of the total energy needs of the data center. Will the tech giant be doing the same thing at its new planned $1 billion data center just outside of Reno, Nevada? While details are few at this point, it sure looks like Apple is looking to have a significant amount of its data center power needs met with clean, and grid-independent, power. [GigaOM]
The percentage of buyers willing to consider an all-electric model has deteriorated since January from a bit over 5% to about 4.5% as of last month, CNW Research says. That might not sound like much until you consider it translates into 25,000 to 40,000 potential sales a year. The other bad news for electric car fans is that buyers say they aren’t willing to pay more than $800 for an electric car compared to a conventional car. In January, it was $850, CNW says. [USA Today]
The oil and natural-gas production boom sweeping the U.S. may be good for the country’s economic health, but it hasn’t recently been much help to energy giant Exxon Mobil Corp. Lackluster second-quarter financial results from Exxon’s U.S. oil and natural-gas production cast a shadow on the record global profit the company reported Thursday. [Wall Street Journal]
A U.S. Energy Department program designed to promote use of alternative fuels for vehicles gave out about $5 million in grants to individuals with conflicts of interest, the agency’s inspector general said. [Bloomberg]
Strong summer thunderstorms that pump water high into the upper atmosphere pose a threat to the protective ozone layer over the United States, researchers said on Thursday, drawing one of the first links between climate change and ozone loss over populated areas. [New York Times]