Emissions from U.S.power plants drop in 1Q

Emissions of sulfur dioxide from power plants in the United States declined 24 percent in the first half of 2009 compared to the same period a year ago, according to a report from Genscape. The drop is a signal that the electricity industry is preparing for tighter regulations next year.

U.S. to deploy officials to China to highlight clean energy

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will travel to China from July 14 to 17 to highlight the tremendous potential for mutually beneficial relationships in the clean energy sector.

Toyota's hybrid tops best-selling cars in Japan in June

Toyota's hybrid car Prius topped the list of best-selling cars in Japan climbing as much as 258 percent to 22,292 units, during the month of June, compared to the same month a year ago. This is the third straight month that a gasoline-electric model ranks first among non-minivehicles, Reuters notes.