Renewable Energy Update - November 2, 2011

In This Issue:

States' renewable energy policies improving, report finds; RENEWABLE ENERGY FOCUS - DOE to invest $60M in Concentrating Solar Power technologies; California lifts suspension of green energy tax credit that funded Solyndra; Geothermal still outpowers solar, wind energy in California; Google Map reveals U.S. geothermal resources; Over 1,200MW of wind energy under construction in California; Advocates: Proposed wind turbine project in California threatens birds; Californians installing more renewable energy in homes due to rebates, tax credits; California solar highways project cancelled; First Solar fires CEO Gillette, appoints Ahearn; Edison ordered by CPUC to stop construction on renewable energy transmission line; BC Hydro's Powerex plays NAFTA card in bid to win green status in California; NOTABLE RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS AND DEALS - PG&E, Sempra receive approvals for western U.S. solar deals; California's Sunpreme gets $50M to build solar plant in China; Envision Solar begins deployment for California utility; California recycling company to save money through solar installation; SunEdison begins solar projects at four prisons in California; and Solar field opens behind Oxnard High in California.

States' renewable energy policies improving, report finds

Network for New Energy Choices - Oct 20

U.S. states are continuing to embrace best practices and drive further improvements in core renewable energy policies, according to the 2011 edition of Freeing the Grid, a policy guide from Network for New Energy Choices that grades all 50 states on net metering and interconnection procedures. Netmetering best practices have evolved to include virtual net metering, meter aggregation and other community models that allow energy consumers to take advantage of economies of scale when investing in clean energy, the report says. In 2011, 17 states received top "A" grades for their net metering policies - up from 15 in 2010 and only five in 2007. Additionally, in recent years, many states have been working to streamline interconnection.

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