Renewable Energy Update - February 2, 2009

IN THIS ISSUE:

*Report: 2009 best year yet for wind energy

*Renewable Energy Focus

..Solar energy developers say red tape is slowing their projects

*U.S. geothermal industry hits 3GW in 2009

*Green Energy Live pursuing opportunities in biomass

*FERC explores efficient integration of renewables into the grid

*Obama's State of the Union address highlights renewables' role

*U.S. pledges 17 percent emissions reduction by 2020

*Climate, energy programs could see boosts despite budget freeze

*Lawmakers fishing for input on climate bil

*California aims for permit auction in cap-and-trade

*California ISO wind forecasting improves

*Notable Renewable Energy Projects and Deals

..California energy storage project heralded

..California utilities tap energy storage to cut peak demand

..FERC approves transmission incentives for battery storage devices

..Plans for fast-charging car stations raise concerns among California utilities

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