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Issue 280: November 26, 2013
» CSP Hits Milestones, Crossroads in Desert Southwest
Five concentrating solar power projects in Arizona, California and Nevada are on pace to add a combined 1.25 GW to the Western grid in 2013 and 2014. But CSP's renaissance in the Desert Southwest could be short lived. ...more
» Arizona Adopts 70 Cents/kW Net-Metering Surcharge
Arizona regulators have ordered Arizona Public Service to charge future residential net-metering customers a monthly fee of 70 cents for each kilowatt of installed solar capacity. ...more
» Fracking Regs Proposed in California Amid Calls for Ban
California issued proposed regulations for hydraulic fracturing on Nov. 15, which kicked off the formal rulemaking process and a 60-day public comment period. Proponents see the rules as sensible but calls for a moratorium can be heard across the Golden State. ...more
» Washington Warned Not to Consider Climate Impacts of Coal Exports
The states of Montana and North Dakota warned Washington regulators this month to restrict their environmental review of the proposed coal export terminal planned for Longview, Wash., to just the impacts the terminal would have in Washington state, or else face a legal challenge. ...more
» Western Canadian Gas Reserves Much Bigger Than Thought
The natural gas reserves in western Canada’s Montney Formation are double previous estimates and may be among the largest in the world, according to recently completed study by the National Energy Board and regulators in Alberta and British Columbia. ...more
» New Mexico Changes RPS Rules, Leads to Confusion
Changes to New Mexico's RPS rules have created confusion, with environmental advocates saying the changes have effectively lowered the state's 20-percent renewable portfolio standard. ...more
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