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Wyoming-to-California lines for wind power clear hurdle

A planned 730-mile power line project to export Wyoming wind power to southern California has passed a significant regulatory milestone with the release of a federal environmental study. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Friday opened a 30-day period in which it will accept any protests against land-use changes for the TransWest Express project … Continue reading Wyoming-to-California lines for wind power clear hurdle

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California leads U.S. in solar energy installations, PV and Concentrated Solar Power

One of three solar fields at the Ivanpah Solar Power Facility in California’s Mojave Desert. The concentrated solar power plants there are the largest in the world. California became the first state to generate more than 5% of its electricity from utility solar power, according a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). … Continue reading California leads U.S. in solar energy installations, PV and Concentrated Solar Power

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Solar Power Could Power California Five Times Over

In the face of global climate change, increasing the use of renewable energy resources is one of the most urgent challenges facing the world. Further development of one resource, solar energy, is complicated by the need to find space for solar power-generating equipment without significantly altering the surrounding environment.   New work from Carnegie‘s Rebecca … Continue reading Solar Power Could Power California Five Times Over

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Google to use NextEra wind energy to power HQ

Google will partner with Juno Beach-based NextEra Energy Resources to power buildings at its California headquarters, the company announced Wednesday.     The subsidiary of NextEra Energy will repower a wind farm in the Bay Area that will provide 43 megawatts of electricity starting in 2016. That energy will feed into Google buildings in Mountain … Continue reading Google to use NextEra wind energy to power HQ

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California opens large photovoltaic solar energy plant

The dedication of the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm comes about a month after Gov. Jerry Brown called on the state to increase renewable electricity use to 50 percent by 2030, up from the current goal of 33 percent by 2020.   “Solar power projects like Desert Sunlight are helping create American jobs, develop domestic renewable … Continue reading California opens large photovoltaic solar energy plant

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Abengoa Yield celebrates grand opening of Mojave concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in California

Construction of Mojave concentrated solar power (CSP) has generated thousands of jobs in the United States. Abengoa Yield (NASDAQ: ABY), the sustainable total return company that owns a diversified portfolio of contracted assets in the energy and environment sectors held today the grand opening of Mojave. The concentrated solar power plant boasts a gross capacity … Continue reading Abengoa Yield celebrates grand opening of Mojave concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in California

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In 2013, there were about 70,000 battery electric vehicles (EVs) and 104,000 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) in California

California is home to almost half of all of the nation’s PEVs, but even in California, only about 5 out of every 1,000 registered vehicles are PEVs. In 2013, there were about 70,000 battery electric vehicles (EVs) and 104,000 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs)—small numbers compared to around 226 million registered vehicles in the United … Continue reading In 2013, there were about 70,000 battery electric vehicles (EVs) and 104,000 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) in California

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Opening of world’s largest solar power plant in California

The first 500-plus megawatt solar power plant is now up and running in the US. Topaz, as it’s being called, is located in San Luis Obispo County on California’s Carrizo Plain and is the result of two years of hard work. The Topaz solar energy farm boasts it can produce enough energy to take the … Continue reading Opening of world’s largest solar power plant in California

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Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Mojave 280 MW declares commercial operation

Located 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles, Mojave Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) generates clean electricity to power approximately 90,000 households in California.   Abengoa Yield, the sustainable total return company that owns a diversified portfolio of contracted assets in the energy and environment sectors, today announced that Mojave, the 280 MW gross Concentrated Solar Power … Continue reading Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Mojave 280 MW declares commercial operation

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Energy Storage for Southern California Edison

Ice Energy, located in Glendale, CA, will be providing up to 25 MW of grid support to Southern California Edison in the form of water that is frozen at night when electricity is cheap.   During a hot day, the ice is used for cooling in a rooftop air conditioning unit to reduce how much … Continue reading Energy Storage for Southern California Edison

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Abengoa pushing forward with Palen Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project

Abengoa has decided to continue pushing forward with the development of the Palen concentrated solar power (CSP) project regardless of the withdrawal of its planning application in September.   Abengoa has decided to continue pushing forward with the development of the Palen concentrated solar power (CSP) project regardless of the withdrawal of its planning application … Continue reading Abengoa pushing forward with Palen Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project

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NextEra Energy Resources breaks ground on two solar power projects in southern California

NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, through its indirect, wholly-owned subsidiaries, today announced it has begun construction of two solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on separate sites in southern California. The solar PV systems will be ground mounted on 20-acre privately owned sites in Apple Valley, Calif., and Blythe, Calif.   “We are committed to developing projects that … Continue reading NextEra Energy Resources breaks ground on two solar power projects in southern California

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Abengoa to continue with Palen Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project development

The Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project will now incorporate Abengoa’s technology, including a large storage system, to better meet the needs of  California. Abengoa’s new proposal will make use of the company’s molten salt tower with Thermal Energy Storage (TES) proprietary technology. TES is a proven technology that allows solar energy to be stored so … Continue reading Abengoa to continue with Palen Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project development

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Concentrated solar power (CSP) with storage could fill the gaps in intermittent renewable generation

Ivanpah is the largest concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in the world. Unlike traditional solar photovoltaic panels — which convert sunlight directly into electricity — concentrating solar power technology uses sunlight to heat water or another liquid, ultimately creating steam that can be used to turn turbines and generate electricity. Concentrated solar power has a … Continue reading Concentrated solar power (CSP) with storage could fill the gaps in intermittent renewable generation

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Wind power would light Los Angeles

An alliance of four companies proposed an $8 billion wind energy project Tuesday that within a decade could send wind power generated on the plains of Wyoming to households in Southern California. If approved and financed, the sprawling venture would produce wind power equivalent to the output of a large nuclear power plant by creating … Continue reading Wind power would light Los Angeles

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Palen Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project dropped by developers BrightSource Energy and Abengoa

BrightSource Energy and Abengoa Solar withdrew their application for the Palen concentrating solar power project Friday afternoon. BrightSource Energy and Abengoa Solar withdrew their application for the Palen concentrating solar power project Friday afternoon, a shocking turn of events following the project’s preliminary approval by state regulators just two weeks ago. The developers could eventually … Continue reading Palen Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project dropped by developers BrightSource Energy and Abengoa

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Saft to Deliver Third Li-ion Energy Storage System for California Utility

The lithium-ion (Li-ion) energy storage systems will be used to mitigate power fluctuations inherent with solar-generated electricity. Saft, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of advanced technology batteries for industry, has received its third contract from a major California utility. Since the first utility-scale storage system was commissioned at the end of 2012, Saft received … Continue reading Saft to Deliver Third Li-ion Energy Storage System for California Utility

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California surpassed sales of 100,000 plug-in electric vehicles

California already has more electric vehicles on its roads than any other state, with an estimated 40 percent of all electric cars sold in the United States. California Governor Jerry Brown signed several legislations on Sunday to encourage the electric car market in the state, which accounts for 40 percent of all electric vehicles sold … Continue reading California surpassed sales of 100,000 plug-in electric vehicles

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Fluor completes 170 MW Centinela solar energy plant in California

Fluor Corporation has completed the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning for both phases of LS Power’s new Centinela Solar Energy Facility, one of the largest of its kind in the United States. Located near El Centro, California, the 170-megawatt photovoltaic solar project will provide clean, renewable energy in the southwestern U.S. “The successful completion of … Continue reading Fluor completes 170 MW Centinela solar energy plant in California

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NRG Yield closes acquisition of largest wind farm in North America

NRG Yield, Inc. (NYSE: NYLD) has completed its acquisition of the Alta Wind facility located in Tehachapi, California from Terra-Gen Power LLC for $870 million, plus the assumption of $1.6 billion of non-recourse project financings and subject to customary working capital adjustments. The acquisition, which totals 947 megawatts of operating wind capacity, also includes a portfolio … Continue reading NRG Yield closes acquisition of largest wind farm in North America

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