A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.
- PSE&G Proposes $773 Million Solar Energy Program - Press Release
There's a trend forming with utilities investing directly in solar power installations, with New Jersey the latest to jump. Obama Champions Efficiency in Stimulus - The New York Times
- Nissan seeks government loans for electric cars - Reuters
Financial woes could delay its electric car plans past its original target of 2010.
- Cutting Coal Use with Sunshine - Technology Review
You've heard of hybrid cars. Here's a hybrid power plant test that uses both solar thermal and coal to make steam.
- Less Demand, Same Great Revenue - The Wall Street Journal
Welcome to the arcane world of utilities deregulation, where this notion of decoupling--or creating incentives for utilities to promote energy efficiency--is gaining steam.
- Commission gives its approval to feed-in tariff for solar power - The Gainesville Sun
Although this is a very limited case, this municipality in Florida is said to be the first feed-in solar tariff in the U.S., a policy that many people believe is a better incentive than those based on tax credits.
- Bob Lutz, GM's colorful product czar, to retire - Reuters
The vice chairman who drives out flashy cars like the Chevy Volt at auto shows will leave GM at the end of the year.
- Something in the wind as mystery illnesses rise - Asahi Shimbun
Concerns over health problems from the low-frequency sounds that wind turbines give off has prompted the Japanese Ministry of Environment to look into possible links.
- Renewable energy forum sparks debate on Carissa Plains solar farm project - KSBY-TV
Just a glimpse of the conflicts over building one large solar project in California. Adding transmissions lines, potentially through protected land, is another big hurdle.
Obama counters after being criticized for proposed programs to weatherize homes of low-income people and make federal buildings energy efficient.