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January 31, 2012

States Finding New Ways To Accelerate Transmission Development

National Governors Association  •    •  Posted 2012-01-31 12:43:28

“Governors are making significant progress in developing new transmission that helps diversify our nation’s energy portfolio and support economic growth and job creation,” said Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. “Through new and creative ways to expedite the planning and construction of electric transmission lines, and by working more closely together, states can help continue that progress and achieve economic success in the future.” [ read more … ]

Buffett-owned MidAmerican spawns merchant division to sell green power

Daniel Cusick  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-01-31 12:44:01

No longer a conventional utility company with a penchant for renewables, Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy Holdings has created a new stand-alone firm to sell wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric power into the unregulated energy market. The announcement last week by Des Moines, Iowa-based MidAmerican follows a recent flurry of investment in renewable energy projects, including a handful of wind farms in Iowa and Illinois and two large solar projects in the desert Southwest (ClimateWire, Jan. 24). MidAmerican is owned by Berkshire Hathaway, the investment firm backed by Buffett’s estimated $39 billion in personal wealth. [ read more … ]

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