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Renewable Energy Update - March 2015

Renewable Energy Focus: California to spend $20 million on building part of 'hydrogen highway' - Los Angeles Times - Feb 22: The California Energy Commission is spending $20 million to build nearly half of the...more

3/5/2015

Berkeley Hillside: New Supreme Court decision defines limits of CEQA exemption challenges to development

Today, the California Supreme Court issued the highly anticipated CEQA decision: Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley. The case addresses whether the "unusual circumstances" exception to CEQA's categorical...more

3/3/2015 - CA Supreme Court CEQA Environmental Impact Report Real Estate Development Substantial Evidence Standard

Renewable Energy Update - February 2015 #3

Renewable Energy Focus: Citigroup sets $100 billion funding goal for green projects - Bloomberg - Feb 18: Citigroup Inc. plans to lend, invest, and facilitate deals worth $100 billion by 2025 to support projects that...more

2/24/2015 - Citigroup Climate Change Electricity Green Energy Kaiser Permanente Microgrids Natural Gas Nuclear Power Oil & Gas Renewable Energy Solar Energy Solyndra Sustainability Tesla Wind Power

Renewable Energy Update - February 2015 #2

Renewable Energy Focus: Dianne Feinstein pushes California desert protection: The Desert Sun - Feb 10: The political landscape has changed, with Republicans now controlling both the House and Senate, but Democratic...more

2/18/2015 - Climate Change Coal-Fired Generation Conservation Divestiture Energy Projects Google Legislative Agendas National Monument PG&E Renewable Energy Solar Energy Solar Farm Wind Power

Renewable Energy Update - February 2015

Renewable Energy Focus: Obama budget aims to make solar and wind incentives permanent - PV Magazine - Feb 2: President Obama just unveiled a $3.99 trillion budget for 2016 that asks Congress for a permanent...more

2/10/2015 - DOE Geothermal Energy Keystone XL Pipeline Oil & Gas Renewable Energy Solar Energy SunPower Tax Credits Wind Power

Renewable Energy Update - January 2015 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - 280-megawatt Mojave solar power plant celebrates grand opening: PennEnergy - Jan 26: Abengoa Yield, the sustainable total return company that owns a diversified portfolio of contracted assets...more

2/3/2015 - Energy Projects Power Plants Renewable Energy Solar Energy

Renewable Energy Update - January 2015 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - California Governor Brown calls for 50 percent renewables by 2030 - Greentech Media - Jan 5: California Governor Jerry Brown has upped the ante on the state’s green energy goals, calling...more

1/27/2015 - Airports Electricity Energy Policy EXPIRE Act High-Speed Rail Jerry Brown Job Creation Natural Gas Oil & Gas Production Tax Credit Renewable Energy SCE Solar Energy Tax Extenders Utilities Sector Wind Power

Renewable Energy Update - January 2015

Renewable Energy Focus: Solar sector created more jobs in 2014 than oil and gas extraction industry - The solar industry added jobs at a rate nearly 20 times faster than the national average last year, according...more

1/26/2015 - Energy Projects Energy Sector Job Creation Natural Gas Oil & Gas Renewable Energy Solar Energy

Renewable Energy Update -- November 2014 #2

Renewable Energy Focus: U.S. solar consolidation seen before tax credit expires: Huffington Post - Nov 21: The controversial government program that funded failed solar company Solyndra, and became a lighting rod in...more

12/8/2014 - DOE Energy Projects Renewable Energy Solar Energy Solar Farm Wind Power

Renewable Energy Update -- December 2014

Renewable Energy Focus; Panasonic to build 26 megawatts in Kern County, California: Bloomberg - Dec 2: The 280-megawatt Mojave solar farm, owned by Abengoa SA’s energy holding company, has begun generating power for...more

12/8/2014 - Electricity Energy Policy Energy Projects Pacific Gas & Electric Power Plants Renewable Energy Solar Farm Tax Credits Tax Extenders Wind Power

Five Holiday Season Tips for Retail Landlords

The holiday season brings many desirable things to a retail center: a fresh holiday look, a sense of excitement and anticipation, and most importantly — more traffic and customers. Along with these benefits, the holidays also...more

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Renewable Energy Update -- November 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - U.S. solar consolidation seen before tax credit expires: Bloomberg - Oct 20: Acquisitions in the solar industry will accelerate as manufacturers and developers prepare for the expiration of a...more

11/11/2014 - Energy Energy Policy Energy Tax Incentives Production Tax Credit Renewable Energy Solar Energy Tax Credits

Renewable Energy Update -- October 2014 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - Geothermal power industry lost steam but may be poised for comeback: Los Angeles Times - Oct 19: Geothermal power was once king of California's renewable energy. So many companies were...more

10/28/2014 - DOE Electricity Energy Projects Geothermal Energy Offshore Wind Plastic Solar Cells Renewable Energy Solar Energy Solar Farm Solar Panels

Renewable Energy Update -- October 2014 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Feds plan bidding for solar, wind farm leases: Courthouse News Service - Oct 4: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning more incentives for developing solar and wind energy on federal...more

10/14/2014 - Bureau of Land Management Energy Incentives Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy Update -- October 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - DOE study finds U.S. wind power industry competitive on a global scale: REVE - Sep 20: The Global Wind Network recently completed an Energy Department (DOE) funded study that took a critical...more

10/3/2014 - Automotive Industry Electric Cars Energy Projects Energy Sector New Legislation Oil & Gas Renewable Energy Solar Energy Transmission Grid Wind Power

Renewable Energy Update -- September 2014 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - New solar plant nears approval in California desert: SFGate.com - Sep 15: Despite serious environmental concerns, the California Energy Commission has given a preliminary green light to a...more

9/22/2014 - Energy Geothermal Energy Renewable Energy Solar Energy

Renewable Energy Update -- September 2014 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Blue and red states going green on energy policy: USA Today - Sep 11: Politically "red" and "blue" states are increasingly turning green as they push energy efficiency and renewable power to...more

9/15/2014 - Carbon Emissions Chevron Climate Change Electricity Energy Policy Energy Projects Financing Legislative Agendas Renewable Energy Solar Energy University of California Utilities Sector

Renewable Energy Update -- September 2014

Renewable Energy Focus - Communities going into power business to cut cost, carbon footprint: Los Angeles Times - Aug 1: Sonoma County is at the forefront among eco-minded communities plunging into the power business...more

9/11/2014 - Automotive Industry California Energy Commission Electric Vehicles Electricity Energy Projects Energy Sector Geothermal Energy Hydrogen Power Legislative Agendas Renewable Energy Solar Energy Tesla

Renewable Energy Update -- August 2014 #6

Renewable Energy Focus - Underground energy debate powering up - San Diego Union-Tribune - Aug 26: California lawmakers may decide this week whether San Diego County utility customers must underwrite a new fleet of...more

9/3/2014 - Energy Geothermal Energy Renewable Energy Utilities Sector

Renewable Energy Update -- August 2014 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - Solar plant's downside? Birds igniting in midair: CBS News - Aug 19: Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's...more

8/25/2014 - CPUC Electricity Energy Policy Energy Projects Power Grid Proposed Legislation Renewable Energy Solar Energy Solar Farm Transmission Grid Utilities Sector Wind Power

Renewable Energy Update -- August 2014 #5

Renewable Energy Focus - Los Angeles' city-owned electric utility raises its energy efficiency ambitions: Energy Collective - Aug 13: The five-member Board of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has...more

8/25/2014 - CPUC Electricity Energy Energy Policy Geothermal Energy Municipalities Renewable Energy Solar Energy Utilities Sector Wind Farm Wind Power

Draft CEQA Guidelines Would Dramatically Alter Analysis of Transportation Impacts Under SB 743

On August 6, 2014, the California Office of Planning and Research issued a new draft guideline that could fundamentally alter the way in which transportation impacts are analyzed for purposes of review under the California...more

8/19/2014 - CEQA Department of Transportation Environmental Impact Report Environmental Policies Surface Transportation

Renewable Energy Update -- August 2014 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - U.S. government has big bucks to help jumpstart renewable energy innovation: Renewable Energy World - Jul 7: In an effort to seek out and give financial help to innovative technologies that...more

8/12/2014 - Energy Energy Efficiency Energy Tax Incentives Grants Renewable Energy Tax Credits

Renewable Energy Update -- August 2014 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - New California tax credit would benefit Tesla gigafactory: San Jose Mercury News - Jul 11: Governor Jerry Brown announced last week that he signed legislation creating a $420 million tax credit...more

8/12/2014 - Energy Energy Policy Energy Tax Incentives Renewable Energy Tax Credits

Renewable Energy Update -- August 2014 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - Renewables provide 56 percent of new U.S. generating capacity in first half of 2014: Electric Light & Power - Jul 21: Solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydropower provided 55.7 percent of...more

8/12/2014 - Biomass DOE Drought Energy Geothermal Energy Hydropower Renewable Energy Solar Energy Utilities Sector Wind Power

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