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May 30, 2012

On Clean Energy, Time To Follow Where Google, GE, Buffett Lead

Manish Bapna, Contributor, Forbes  •    •  Posted 2012-05-30 11:33:21

Google is backing it. So is Warren Buffett, America’s most-watched investor. GE, one of the world’s biggest manufacturers, is too. Each of these corporate icons is placing big bets and hundreds of millions of dollars on a future powered by wind and solar power. Apple just joined them, announcing plans to power its main U.S. data center in Maiden, North Carolina, entirely with renewable energy by the end of this year. So why – yet again – are pundits making dire warnings about prospects for renewable energy? [ read more … ]

BLM moves closer to approving major multistate power line

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-05-30 11:33:45

The Bureau of Land Management has taken a major step toward authorizing one of the nation’s largest proposed electricity transmission projects, releasing a draft plan that the agency said addresses lingering concerns about impacts to nearby military installations and sensitive wildlife habitat. BLM today published in the Federal Register a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the 530-mile-long SunZia Southwest Transmission Project that has been under federal review for three years. The power line would have the capacity to transport as much as 4,500 megawatts of mostly renewables-generated electricity from northeast New Mexico to an electric distribution point northwest of Tucson, Ariz. [ read more … ]

Wind farms mull radar detectors to stop bird deaths

E&E  •    •  Posted 2012-05-30 11:34:02

Wind farms are considering the use of radar units and experimental telemetry systems that would switch off turbines when birds were detected nearby. Wind turbines have been at the center of a conservation controversy as birds from the critically endangered California condors to the federally protected golden eagles have been killed by the blades.
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