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April 10 -- California wind power generators produced a record 4,196 megawatts of electricity Sunday evening, the state's grid operator reported. >>View Article

April 9 -- There are at least two things to know about this high desert city. One, the sun just keeps on shining. Two, the city’s mayor, a class-action lawyer named R. Rex Parris, just keeps on competing. Two years ago, the mayor, a Republican, decided to leverage the incessant Antelope Valley sun so that Lancaster could become the solar capital “of the world,” he said. Then he reconsidered. “Of the universe,” he said, the brio in his tone indicating that it would be parsimonious to confine his ambition to any one planet. >>View Article

April 1 -- Wind energy reached a major milestone last year, growing to provide 5 percent of California's total electricity needs -- and that number will climb to 6 percent this year. Installed wind-generating capacity has tripled across the state since 2002, when the California Legislature established a 20 percent renewable electricity goal for the state's utilities. >>View Article

March 14 --The U.S. approved three renewable- energy projects to be built on federal land in California and Nevada. The two solar farms and one wind project are expected to total 1,100 megawatts of capacity, enough to power more than 340,000 homes, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said today at a press conference in San Francisco. >>View Artice

March 7 -- Large oil companies like to tell the public "We Agree" when it comes to clean energy. But in Sacramento and Washington, their motto seems to be "It Can't Be Done." A Jan. 31 article in the San Jose Mercury News, "Chevron and its allies take aim at California's low carbon fuel standard," demonstrates how the oil industry has once again banded together to oppose groundbreaking environmental initiatives. >>View Article

March 1 -- A report released last week by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC), a non-profit corporation based in New York State, offers nine recommendations for how California can boost distributed generation in the state. >>View Article

February 28 -- NRG Energy Inc, the No. 2 U.S. power generating company, said on Wednesday it will add over 2,000 megawatts (MW) of natural gas and solar power generating capacity in 2013. "In 2013, we expect over 2,000 MW of utility scale conventional and solar generation to come on line," NRG CEO David Crane told analysts on a call after the company released its fourth quarter earnings. >>View Article

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 19:09

Electric Cars Battle For Hearts, Wallets

February 19 -- Electric cars are at a fork in the road, with oblivion lying in one direction and the mass market in the other. >>View Article

Thursday, 07 February 2013 15:25

A New California Solar Record... In February

February 7 -- It looks as though California has broken another solar power record, and it's done so in one of the least-sunny times of year possible. According to preliminary figures provided by the California Independent System Operator, the state's grid received more than 1,300 megawatts of power from solar arrays for a few hours on Wednesday, likely an all-time record -- in a month when the sun shines with less intensity than at most other times of year. >>View Article

Monday, 04 February 2013 18:34

The Top 10 Wind Energy States In 2012

February 4 -- We already knew it was a record-breaking year for the U.S. wind power industry in 2012, as fears that the production tax credit for wind would vanish drove installations at a frenzy pace toward the end of the year. Some 8,380 megawatts of the year's 13,124 megawatts of generating capacity went online in the fourth quarter, which means that nearly 15 percent of the total wind power capacity ever installed in the country happened in the last three months of 2012.  >>View Article

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