DRECP: As the government agencies drafting a massive plan to zone the California desert for energy development struggle to put a record number of public comments online, one comment in particular may cause the document's authors even more work.
Wind: A national bird protection group is calling on the federal government to require wind energy operators to get permits to kill birds that are protected under one of the nation's oldest environmental laws.
Fossil Fuels: A disastrous train derailment that spilled thousands of gallons of crude oil and forced the evacuation of two West Virginia communities on Monday is causing trouble for proponents of a similar line in San Luis Obispo County, as the city of San Luis Obispo has pledged to oppose the line.
Concentrating Solar: A test of a solar power tower project in Nevada resulted in injuries to over a hundred birds, the BLM is reporting, though the project's owners say they've fixed the problem since.
Solar: At 10:20 a.m. on Thursday, the state's big solar plants pumped 5,117 megawatts of power into the state's grid, bumping California's grid past the five-gigawatt solar power mark for the first time in history.
Photovoltaic (PV): There's something unusual about the Interior Department's PR blitz to mark the formal launch of the massive Desert Sunlight Solar Farm next door to Joshua Tree National Park: Interior doesn't mention the Park anywhere in its press release.
Solar: The state of California has given the go-ahead to a solar power developer to start clearing desert vegetation in Riverside County on a site where the company plans to build a solar power facility.
Concentrating Solar: The controversial Palen Solar Electric Generating System, which was put on hold in November, will stay on hold unless a federal tax credit for building solar power plants is extended.
Government: Jerry Brown was sworn in Monday for an unprecedented fourth term as California's Governor, and he offered some impressive goals in his speech that would push California even further toward a renewable future.
Wind: A Portland-based wind energy company that recently sued the federal government to keep its bird death data secret has been convicted in federal court over deaths of protected birds at two of its wind facilities in Wyoming.
Photovoltaic (PV): A group of Native tribes is hauling the Interior Department to court over the Blythe Solar Power Project, claiming Interior isn't paying enough attention to the site's cultural significance.
Commentary: A recent lawsuit raises a question that's beginning to be asked by any number of people watching the renewable energy industry: Why do we trust renewable energy companies to report on their own wildlife kills?
Natural Gas: Residents of a Los Angeles neighborhood have demanded a full environmental assessment of a company's proposal to expand oil drilling operations in the Santa Susana Mountains from 18 to 30 wells.
Natural Gas: A controversial proposed gas-fired power plant in San Diego County may become a topic of discussion by the California Supreme Court, as a local environmental group asks the court to reverse a decision allowing the plant to be built.
Concentrating Solar: A controversial solar power tower project proposed for Riverside County that was recently pulled by its owners from consideration by the state of California will be brought back to the table by one of those owners, it was announced Tuesday.
Concentrating Solar: A solar power plant in the Mojave Desert that's attracted negative attention for its injuries to birds is producing a whole lot less power than it's supposed to, according to Energy Department figures.
Technology: A new mapping project can give Californians a "heads up" about pending energy projects in their neighborhoods, which can help neighbors wield better input into energy decision making that can affect their lives, their property values, and their health.
The Grid: Despite losing more than 2,000 megawatts of power from the shuttered San Onofre nuke and almost as much from drought-depleted reservoirs, California's power grid sailed through the long hot summer of 2014 -- with a little help from renewable energy.
Climate Change: Well here's some news to ruin your weekend: the federal government's chief energy analysts say that despite a massive national investment in renewable energy, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are climbing again.
DRECP: A long-awaited master planning document in the works since 2008 that will guide renewable energy development in the California desert is out in draft form Tuesday, and residents of the West Mojave and some other parts of the desert will not be happy.
Climate Change: As businesses start looking for ways not to affect the planet's natural carbon cycles, the phrases "carbon-neutral" and "carbon-negative" have increasingly become industry buzzwords. But what do they really mean?
Concentrating Solar: The California Energy Commission gave tentative approval Friday evening to a reconfigured solar power plant in Riverside County that opponents say potentially poses a serious risk to migrating birds.
The Grid: A group of concerned residents of the Mojave Desert is urging the public to make their feelings known about a controversial proposed transmission line that would run across 63 miles of the central Mojave Desert.
Commentary: A recent report by the Audubon Society underscores the dire future North American birds face if we don't act now to stem climate change. But that doesn't let industrial renewable energy facilities off the hook for harm they cause birds.
Conservation: Every once in a while a study reveals something new that makes perfect sense when you think about it. A recent example: a survey conducted by researchers for the San Diego-based Center for Sustainable Energy found that California homeowners who've shelled out for rooftop solar panels are far more likely to be interested in energy conservation.
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