Renewable Energy Update - March 15, 2011


In This Issue:

Renewable energy permitting bill passes California Assembly; RENEWABLE ENERGY FOCUS - Record-keeping for DOE renewable energy loan guarantees target of GOP scrutiny; The United States joins the International Renewable Energy Agency; California among best in nation for renewable energy: ACORE study; Study: U.S. solar industry boomed in 2010; Renewable energy industry stands to benefit from oil price surge; AWEA to hold WINDPOWER expo in Anaheim; Report: Frivolous lawsuits hurt California economy; Laser technique aims to improve efficiency, lower cost of solar cells; Study: Geothermal capacity could more than double by 2020; Renewable energy issues to be discussed at Energy Storage Summit; NOTABLE RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS AND DEALS - SDG&E signs deal for 150MW SoCal solar farm; SunPower agrees to buy 83MW of German-made solar cells; Prudent Energy starts solar power storage initiative with CPUC, PG&E; California buys renewable energy credits from Colorado utility; Colorado State University, NREL collaborate to research utility business models for energy efficiency and renewable energy; Some EV charging stations might be solar powered for new company project; GridPoint renewable energy solution selected for United States' largest zero-energy school; and BlueChip Energy signs agreement to acquire land for 40 Megawatt solar farm in Florida.

Renewable energy permitting bill passes California Assembly

Imperial Valley News - Mar 7

A proposed law intended to streamline development of renewable energy projects in California's desert areas has passed the California Assembly by a vote of 57-15. The bill, introduced by Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez (DCoachella), would extend permitting and siting streamlining measures currently only offered to large solar projects to wind and geothermal projects.

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