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Musk in talks to restore power to Puerto Rico

Musk in talks to restore power to Puerto Rico

Technology
Puerto Rico's governor says he is "exploring opportunities" with billionaire Elon Musk to restore the island's shattered electrical infrastructure using solar energy technology.Less than 10% of Puerto Ricans have power, weeks after the US territory was hit by Hurricane Maria.Responding to a message on Twitter, Mr Musk, the Tesla co-founder, said his Powerwall renewable energy technology, which powers several smaller islands, could be scaled up to work for Puerto Rico.Ricardo Rossello, the island's governor, revealed he'd had a "great initial conversation" with Mr Musk and that their teams "are now talking, exploring opportunities".Image:The category five storm destroyed power lines and communications infrastructureMeanwhile, Mr Musk said he was sending "experienced installers from continen...
Uber rocked by fresh boardroom power struggle

Uber rocked by fresh boardroom power struggle

Technology
Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has sparked a power struggle at the company by unilaterally naming two new directors to the board.Mr Kalanick announced the appointments in a statement on Friday without consulting the new chief executive or the rest of the board.He brought in Ursula Burns, the former CEO of Xerox, and John Thain, the former CEO of Merrill Lynch, to sit at Uber's big table.The appointments were made ahead of a planned vote on Tuesday to restructure the corporate governance of the company, and "came as a complete surprise to Uber and its board", the company said.The move is being seen as indicative of the continuing power struggle which saw Mr Kalanick step down as the firm's CEO in June.Uber's largest shareholder, Benchmark, has taken legal action against him, challenging hi...
Scottish Power says UK will need to boost capacity

Scottish Power says UK will need to boost capacity

Science
Britain will need to boost its generation of electricity by about a quarter, Scottish Power has estimated.The energy firm said electric cars and a shift to electric heating could send demand for power soaring.Its chief executive also said there would have to be a major investment in the wiring necessary to handle rapid charging of car batteries.Keith Anderson was speaking as the firm reached the milestone of 2,000 megawatts of wind power capacity. That equates to about an eighth of the British total.The figure includes Whitelee wind farm, on Eaglesham Moor, south of Glasgow, which has more than 200 turbines. Believed to be Europe's biggest wind farm, it is capable of generating enough power for all of Glasgow's homes.In the past 18 months, the Spanish-owned company has been installing near...
Irma: Eight dead at Florida nursing home left without power

Irma: Eight dead at Florida nursing home left without power

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceEight people at a Florida nursing home that was left without power for days after Hurricane Irma have died.Police evacuated 115 residents on Wednesday from the facility, whose air conditioning was cut by the storm.Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said three were found dead at the nursing home in the city of Hollywood. Five others died in hospital.Ten million people are still without power in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas after Hurricane Irma.The storm - which has claimed more than two dozen lives in the US - struck southwestern Florida on Sunday morning as a category four hurricane before weakening to a tropical depression on Monday.Irma earlier left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean, where nearly 40 people were killed.Hollywood Po...
Obama-era solar power program reaches goal early

Obama-era solar power program reaches goal early

Business
Sept. 13 (UPI) -- A U.S. solar power initiative enacted by former President Barack Obama reached a goal for cost competitiveness three years early, the government said.The U.S. Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory said in a report that the cost to install solar power during the first quarter of the year reached a record low because of higher efficiencies, lower labor costs and the decline in the price for photovoltaic components.For utility-scale projects, those supplying energy to the nation's grid, the costs are down about 30 percent when compared with first quarter 2016."These results suggest that the DOE's SunShot Initiative, which was launched in 2011 to make solar cost-competitive with other forms of energy, has met its 2020 cost target for utility-scale solar sys...