Renewable Energy Update - October 5, 2010

In this issue:

Sen. Graham's plan for clean-energy bill could drain RES support; RENEWABLE ENERGY FOCUS - Obama remains committed to climate change strategy; Allen Matkins at Solar Power International; World Bank appoints renewable energy specialist from UCBerkeley; DOE portal aims to connect technologies with entrepreneurs; Clean Energy Patent Growth Index Q2 results announced; California's push for renewables could ripple across West; California enacts energy storage law to help prepare for more solar, wind; The challenge of storing energy on a large scale; 1,000 MW of solar power approved for California desert; Mojave Desert solar plan halved to save desert tortoise; Solar pilot program for Coachella Valley may come from summit; NREL releases biomass mapping application; Belkin launches Gateway to bring smart meter data into the home; NOTABLE RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS AND DEALS - Florida solar power developer aims for California; NRG, Eurus to build California solar plant.

Sen. Graham's plan for clean-energy bill could drain RES support

New York Times/Greenwire - Sep 29 Backers of bipartisan Senate legislation establishing a renewable electricity standard hit a stumbling block as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) made plans to introduce an alternative energy measure that could draw Republican supporters. Graham plans to float a new bill that would establish a mandate requiring utilities to source a percentage of their electricity from clean energy sources, including renewables, nuclear and "clean coal." The measure could draw supporters away from a measure sponsored by Sens. Jeff Bingaman (DN. M.) and Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) that would require utilities to draw 15% of their electricity from renewable sources, like solar, wind and geothermal...

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