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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

'Dying' EV Industry Set For Growth

February 7 --  Reuters posted an interesting “news” article on February 4th claiming that EVs face a dead end. This article was very selective in its reporting and missed an obvious fact: sales of plug-in vehicles in the U.S. more than tripled in 2012 >>View Article

Wind And Solar Competitive With Natural Gas In The Lone Star State

February 4 -- Texas is tops among US states when it comes to installed wind power generation capacity, having added 1,826 megawatts (MW) in 2012 to bring its cumulative total to a whopping 12.212 gigawatts (GW), enough to power nearly 3 million average American homes, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) latest industry report.  >>View Article

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

Clean Energy's Path To $2 Trillion

February 4 -- Oregon installed 640 megawatts of wind power in 2012, which represents about $1 billion in revenue associated with the development of those wind farms. Revenues include sales of the actual wind turbine, transport fees, installation fees by an engineering firm, permitting among other costs that market analysts like myself look at to assess the size and growth of various clean energy markets. >>View Article

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