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Smart Meters: PG&E Plans to Give Customers a Choice — at a Cost

Amid health concerns over smart meters, which can wirelessly transmit household energy-usage data to utilities and customers, California’s largest utility has proposed a plan that would allow homeowners to opt for regular meters…

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PG&E Finds 38 Natural-Gas Leaks, Though None Near California Explosion Site

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. found 38 leaks in its more than 6,700 miles of natural-gas transmission lines. The company said its 16 miles of lines in the San Bruno, Calif., area, where a September explosion killed eight people, we…

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Q&A with a CEO on the Front Lines of Solar Power

As alternative energy projects across the U.S. have hit the skids due to funding or environmental problems, Solar Power Partners has kept chugging along. The Mill Valley, Calif., company is one of the country’s largest independent solar power producers, with more than 40 projects completed totaling 14 megawatts of generating power. That’s enough energy to power nearly 11,000 homes. According to alternative energy research company AltaTerra Research, Solar Power Partners is now the third-largest independent solar energy producer in the country.

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Q&A with a CEO on the Front Lines of Solar Power originally appeared on DailyFinance on Mon, 28 Dec 2009 12:00:00.

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California gives green light to space-based solar power project

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california-gives-green-light-to-space-based-solar-power-projectBeaming solar power down from outer space is A-OK according to the California Public Utility Commission. The regulatory body voted unanimously Thursday to approve a “Power Purchase Agreement” signed between the state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric (PCG), and Solaren Space. The Southern California start-up is developing technology for what it hopes will be an orbiting solar power collection system that could add a whopping 200 megawatts to the Golden State’s increasingly green grid. The project will cost $2 billion, Solaren executives estimate.

The concept is not new. Satellites orbiting far enough outside our atmosphere can capture solar energy around the clock, and without power-reducing cloud cover or atmospheric interference. The satellites use photovoltaic panels, much like those that are installed on ordinary buildings, to capture solar energy and convert it into electricity.

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California gives green light to space-based solar power project originally appeared on DailyFinance on Fri, 04 Dec 2009 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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