NewEnergyNews: WORLD’S BIGGEST SOLAR POWER TOWER ON LINE IN CA DESERT

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The challenge now: To make every day Earth Day.

YESTERDAY

  • Weekend Video: A Rogue Climate Scientist Talks To Seth Meyers
  • Weekend Video: The Rogue Scientist Does A Climate Denier Fact Check
  • Weekend Video: How Anybody With A Good New Energy Idea Can Change The World
  • THE DAY BEFORE

  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Climate Change Is More Than Warming
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-China Takes Global Wind Lead
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Aussies Lead Charge To Solar+Storage
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-How Brexit Could Impact UK Ocean Energy
  • THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY BEFORE

    THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT THURSDAY, February 23:

  • TTTA Thursday-Infrastructure Fix Should Face Changing Climate
  • TTTA Thursday-Grid Operator Says ‘Gimme More Ocean Wind!’
  • TTTA Thursday-Marines Assault Old Energy In $80 Million Solar Build
  • TTTA Thursday-Cars With Plugs Face Fight With Agro-Oil Alliance
  • THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: The Urgent Need For Planning New Transmission Now
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Four Ways To Reconsider Net Metering
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: The Energy Storage Solution
  • AND THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • TODAY’S STUDY: Delivering Electricity Through The Cloud
  • QUICK NEWS, February 21: What Businesses Can Do About Climate Change; High Winds Rising In The Deep South; When Solar Stocks Will Come Back
  • THE LAST DAY UP HERE

  • A Presidents’ Day Visit To The White House
  • Obama Did It
  • The President Reports
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    Anne B. Butterfield of Daily Camera and Huffington Post, f is an occasional contributor to NewEnergyNews

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    Some of Anne's contributions:

  • Another Tipping Point: US Coal Supply Decline So Real Even West Virginia Concurs (REPORT), November 26, 2013
  • SOLAR FOR ME BUT NOT FOR THEE ~ Xcel's Push to Undermine Rooftop Solar, September 20, 2013
  • NEW BILLS AND NEW BIRDS in Colorado's recent session, May 20, 2013
  • Lies, damned lies and politicians (October 8, 2012)
  • Colorado's Elegant Solution to Fracking (April 23, 2012)
  • Shale Gas: From Geologic Bubble to Economic Bubble (March 15, 2012)
  • Taken for granted no more (February 5, 2012)
  • The Republican clown car circus (January 6, 2012)
  • Twenty-Somethings of Colorado With Skin in the Game (November 22, 2011)
  • Occupy, Xcel, and the Mother of All Cliffs (October 31, 2011)
  • Boulder Can Own Its Power With Distributed Generation (June 7, 2011)
  • The Plunging Cost of Renewables and Boulder's Energy Future (April 19, 2011)
  • Paddling Down the River Denial (January 12, 2011)
  • The Fox (News) That Jumped the Shark (December 16, 2010)
  • Click here for an archive of Butterfield columns

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    Some details about NewEnergyNews and the man behind the curtain: Herman K. Trabish, Agua Dulce, CA., Doctor with my hands, Writer with my head, Student of New Energy and Human Experience with my heart

    email: herman@NewEnergyNews.net

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  • TODAY AT NewEnergyNews, February 27:

  • TODAY’S STUDY: Wind’s Big Year
  • QUICK NEWS, February 27: Heartland City Leaders Face Climate Change; EVs Nearer To Going Plug-Free; Politics Block Farmers From Growing Solar

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

    WORLD’S BIGGEST SOLAR POWER TOWER ON LINE IN CA DESERT

    Ivanpah, World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant, Is Online

    February 13, 2014 (EarthTechling)

    “…[NRG Energy announced the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station is delivering solar electricity to California customers...The [world’s biggest] concentrating solar thermal power plant…covers some five square miles of the Mojave Desert…[It] consists of three 450-foot-tall towers surrounded by a total of 173,500…garage-door-sized pairs of mirrors [called heliostats] that pivot and tilt to track the sun, focusing energy on boilers atop the towers where water is heated to produce steam that is used to turn turbines and produce up to 392 gross megawatts of power…[It’s a big achievement for] BrightSource Energy, the technology company; NRG, the huge power generation and retail electricity company; Google, an investor to the tune of $168 million; and Bechtel, which did the construction – and for the Obama administration and U.S. taxpayers…The $2.2 billion project was aided by a $1.6 billion U.S. Department of Energy loan guarantee…[The project could still have glitches and there will be] carping about the cost…[Ivanpah uses the amount of] water a nearby golf course uses to keep [two holes] green…[Unlike the U.S.-backed, parabolic-trough Solana Generating Station, now on line in Arizona, and the Crescent Dunes project due later this year in Nevada, Ivanpah does not have storage]…But the bigger issue in the long run might be…the risk to birds presented by Ivanpah’s concentrated solar radiation...” click here for more

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