Renewable Energy Update -- September 11, 2012

by Allen Matkins
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Renewable Energy Focus

Solar Energy in the Central Valley and the Chicken and Egg Challenge

Renewable Energy World News - Sep 4

Over the past several years thousands of megawatts of renewable energy projects have been approved for construction on both public and private lands in California. The main development areas have been the Mojave Desert and Carrizo Plain areas of the state. But another region of California with great potential — the San Joaquin Valley — is still largely undeveloped, awaiting a commitment from state planners and regulators to prioritize the building of the transmission line needed to make development in this area feasible. The first San Joaquin Valley area project, known as the Westlands Competitive Renewable Energy Zone, has huge potential to contribute clean energy to meet California's carbon reduction goals, but it has encountered regulatory roadblocks.

Two Nueces County school districts oppose wind farms

The Caller Headline Business News - Sep 6

The governing boards of the London and Bishop districts each unanimously approved the measures, saying industrial-scale wind turbines are unsightly, devalue surrounding property, create noise and affect wildlife and livestock.

Cap and trade will give California edge

SF Gate - Sep 5

As California prepares to launch America's latest cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases, opponents are making a goal-line stand. They're trying to persuade Californians that a carbon market will somehow hurt the state's recovering economy.

Texas utility to offer customers 100% renewable power

New Energy World Network - Sep 5

US utility Direct Energy has launched a new brand in Texas offering consumers 100 per cent renewable energy from the state’s wind turbines. The New Leaf Energy offering will allow customers to fix electricity rates for a maximum two-year period, or a contract free variable tariff.

First Solar Ahead of Schedule at Agua Caliente, Halts Deliveries, Installation

Renewable Energy World - Aug 31

First Solar Inc., the biggest U.S. solar manufacturer, halted panel deliveries to the world's largest photovoltaic power plant, which it's building in Arizona, because construction is ahead of schedule and the company must slow down to meet contractual milestones.

Judge rejects bid to limit Solyndra FOIA suit

Politicio News - Sep 4

A federal judge has rejected a bid by the Obama Administration to reject part of a lawsuit seeking documents about more than half a billion in federal loans to the failed Solyndra solar panel firm. U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras declined to remove the Department of Energy as a defendant in the case brought by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.

BOEM Seeking Comment On Cable Projects For Offshore Wind Power Development

North American Wind Power - Aug 31

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has published a draft form for right-of-way grants of submerged lands on the Outer Continental Shelf to support offshore renewable energy development. BOEM is requesting feedback on the form, which is intended to streamline the agency's process for authorizing cable projects that support offshore wind power development.

Wind turbines still possible in Suisun Marsh in Solano County

National Wind Watch - Aug 31

There is still a possibility that wind turbines will reach to the sky in the Suisun Marsh. After much discussion during a public hearing recently, the Solano County Board of Supervisors voted to continue its policy that prohibits wind turbine projects in the primary management area in the marsh, but permit them in the secondary management area.

Notable Renewable Energy Projects and Deals

NWEI Successfully Installs Wave Energy Device in Oregon

Offshore Wind - Sep 5

After a multi-day installation operation, Northwest Energy Innovations, a Portland-based company, has successfully installed a wave energy device off the coast of Newport, Oregon. The device, known as Wave Energy Technology-New Zealand, is now deployed at the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center’s open ocean test facility.

Banks want Vestas-Mitsubishi deal by 2013

Sustainable Business Oregon News - Sep 4

A group of international banks have given Vestas Wind Systems a deadline of Jan. 1, 2013, to reach a strategic deal with Japanese industrial giant Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. seen as shoring up the troubled Danish wind turbine maker’s finances, according to news reports.

Oregon's largest solar array under construction

Biz Journal - Energy & Environment News - Aug 31

The state’s largest solar array is under construction in Lake County, Oregon, slated for completion this fall. The 5-megawatt, 16-acre solar array — known as Outback — is being developed by Obsidian Finance Group and Smart Energy Capital, and comes at a time when other utility-scale solar projects are stalling in Oregon.

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