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Mega Project Announced to Deliver Wind Power from Wyoming to Southern California

LCG, September 25, 2014-An $8 billion project was announced earlier this week as a solution to satisfy the future electricity needs of the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA). The mammoth project includes a 2,100-MW wind farm in Wyoming, from which power generated would be delivered to California via a new electric transmission system, with a compressed air energy storage (CAES) facility installed in Utah to compensate for the intermittent nature of wind power. The entire project could be operational by 2023.

EPA Extends Comment Period for Clean Power Plan

LCG, September 18, 2014-The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Tuesday a 45-day extension of the public comment period for the Clean Power Plan, the EPA's proposed rule to limit CO2 emissions from existing coal-fired and gas-fired, combined cycle power plants. The mid-October deadline is now set for December 1, 2014. The EPA stated that it has already received over 3.5 million comments on the proposal. The schedule still includes a release of the final plan by June 2015.

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DOE Offers Loan Guarantee to Solyndra Inc for New PV Manufacturing Plant

LCG, March 23, 2009--The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced Friday that it will provide a $535 million loan guarantee to Solyndra Inc, to build a commercial scale facility to manufacture solar photovoltaic (PV) panels that employ a novel, cylindrical design for installation on flat roofs.

The loan guarantee is designed to address nearly three quarters of the project costs. The targeted output of PV panels for the new manufacturing plant is 500 MW per year. Construction is scheduled to start at the end of 2009, with panel production commencing in late 2010 or early 2011, assuming the loan and related conditions are accepted.

DOE Secretary Steven Chu stated,"This investment is part of President Obama's aggressive strategy to put Americans back to work and reduce our dependence on foreign oil by developing clean, renewable sources of energy."

Solyndra's panels use thin-film technology and cylindrical modules that are designed to receive sunlight across a 360-degree surface and convert direct, diffuse and reflected sunlight into power.



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