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Issue 289: April 15, 2014
» Xcel Says Bigger Solar Is Better
Colorado's largest utility is seeking permission to sell large-scale solar to retail customers under a new program. Solar advocates at odds with Xcel over rooftop PV incentives voiced cautious support. ...more
» Feathers Fly in New Mexico, Colorado Over Chicken Listing
State officials have expressed dismay with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listing of the lesser prairie chicken as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, but hope a multi-state plan will help offset impacts to energy development. ...more
» Is Big Solar a "Mega Trap" for Birds?
The number of bird deaths at three large-scale solar projects in Southern California may be "vastly" underrepresented, with one plant -- the Ivanpah power tower -- acting as a possible "mega-trap" for insects and birds, according to a new federal report. ...more
» Calif. Senate Committee Looks to Expand Geothermal
There's potential to expand geothermal in the Golden State, yet the technology generated just 4.4 percent of California's total power in 2012. A recent hearing in Sacramento looked at crafting a policy to help expand geothermal. ...more
» B.C., Two First Nations Sign Short-Term LNG Agreement
A pair of North Coast First Nations signed a revenue-sharing agreement with British Columbia in early April, giving two LNG developers a three-year window to study an area known as Grassy Point, located north of Prince Rupert. ...more
» Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demo Enters Senior Year
The Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration is in its final year, with a focus on completing data collection by August. Its new annual report includes information on 2013 activities and updates from project partners. ...more
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