‘Energy’ articles

Obama calls green-energy critics 'flat earth society charter members'

Hints at national clean-energy standard, wants government 'investments in stuff that’s new'

President Barack Obama calls critics of government subsidies for renewable-energy companies "flat earth society charter members" while speaking at the Solar 1 power plant in Boulder City.
BOULDER CITY, Nev. — President Barack Obama reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to renewable-energy subsidies Wednesday, while labeling critics as “members of the flat earth society” and “backwards-looking.”

“I’d like those [critics] to visit this plant, and talk to the people who benefited from the [renewable energy] jobs,” said Obama.

Speaking before a few dozen people at the Copper Mountain Solar 1 power plant, the president cited the “hundreds of local workers” employed ...

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Obama to tout green energy ‘investments’ at solar facility employing 5 workers, relying on $54 million in taxpayer subsidies

Presidential visit to Boulder City solar plant shines light on high costs, small rewards of ‘green energy’ projects

BOULDER CITY, Nev. — President Obama will tout investments in “renewable” energy Wednesday at the local Copper Mountain Solar 1 plant, although the plant has only five full-time employees.

The plant, owned by San Diego-based energy company Sempra, was built in late 2010 at a cost of $141 million. Funding included $42 million in federal-government tax credits and $12 million in tax-rebate commitments from the state of Nevada.

Construction of the plant involved over 300 part-time jobs, but currently only five full-time employees operate the plant, a Sempra spokeswoman confirmed. That comes out to $10.8 million in tax-dollar subsidies per ...

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NV Energy customers share their feelings on smart meters

Utility will spend over $300 million installing new meters

NV Energy is spending over $300 million to install smart meters. What do NV Energy's customers think about that? Many aren't pleased.

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PUCN doubts smart meters will decrease rates

Critics say costs already have risen

LAS VEGAS — State energy giant NV Energy claims its smart meter program will save money that “eventually” will be passed on to ratepayers.

Some consumers, however, believe the meters will not only increase costs but are also unnecessary.

Ratepayers have raised various concerns about smart meters since 2009, when NV Energy received $139 million from the taxpayer-funded federal “stimulus” package to partially fund the program, named “NVEnergize.”

Eventually, customer anger forced the energy monopoly to propose several “opt-out” alternatives in late 2011. The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) is scheduled to rule on the options tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 29 ...

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President Obama leaves event promoting clean energy in a motorcade of 22 fossil-fueled vehicles

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Ratepayers tapped for a $4.4 million early Christmas gift to City of Las Vegas

Taxpayer money on green projects will return to government ‘in the long-run.’

NV Energy Senior VP Tony Sanchez (left) presents the $4.4 million check to City Councilman Bob Coffin (right) and Mayor Carolyn Goodman (center)

LAS VEGAS — NV Energy officials presented the City of Las Vegas with a $4.4 million rebate check Tuesday, but it was state ratepayers who were actually funding the check.

So far, $113 million has been paid out for more than 1,300 solar projects across the state under the electricity monopoly’s “SolarGenerations” program, according to spokesman Tony Sanchez.  

The program was established under NRS 701B, a mandatory solar-energy incentives ...

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CA Gov. Brown: market fundamentalism ‘an impediment’

Golden State governor says tax opponents believe taxes are like an STD


LAS VEGAS  — California Gov. Jerry Brown referred to anti-tax hike advocates as having a notion “that taxes are like a sexually transmitted disease” during a panel discussion featuring Western state governors at the National Clean Energy Summit.


Brown, who was joined by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire, called market fundamentalism “an impediment” toward renewable energy development and said there’s a “paradox” between government spending and budget cuts.


“Green energy is financed by ratepayers and the federal government,” Brown said. “The cumulative bill for infrastructure development is going up all the time and we aren’t ...

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Biden cites now-cancelled moon program in renewable energy speech

Vice president echoes Kennedy's ‘moonshot’ speech despite administration phasing out moon program

LAS VEGAS — Vice President Joe Biden cited John F. Kennedy's famous "moon" speech as a reason to invest in renewable energy during his keynote address at the National Clean Energy Summit.

"Clean energy is today's space race," Biden said during his speech. "The march into the future will continue whether or not we participate."

Biden's "space race" reference comes at a time when the Obama administration has called for NASA to shelve all future manned-moon missions as part of his proposed budget cuts.

In addition to citing Kennedy, Biden cited numerous technological advancements such as iPhones ...

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NY Times writer: Electric vehicle success ‘depends on government regulations’

Environmental journalist notes government intervention, not the market, key to electric cars

LAS VEGAS — New York Times environmental journalist Jim Motavalli said electric-vehicle marketability depends on "the education of the American people" during a Future of Energy panel presentation at the National Clean Energy Summit.

According to Motavalli, the Obama administration has invested $215 million in electric-vehicle development and has set a goal of 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.

"It's an ambitious goal and if that goal is going to succeed, the American people are going to have to recognize the [electric vehicle's] role in our environmental future," said Motavalli.

Regarding electric vehicles ...

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Secretary Chu: "When you swing from the heels, you expect a few strikeouts"

Secretary of Energy plays down private sector, champions government's role in renewable energy

LAS VEGAS — Secretary of Energy Steven Chu used a baseball analogy describing renewable energy investments in Nevada, saying the government has been "investing in singles" instead of "investing in homeruns."

"We [the federal government] want to swing from the heels, and when you swing from the heels, you expect a few strikeouts," Chu said during his keynote address at the fourth annual National Clean Energy Summit.

Chu noted the "millions of investments" in Nevada through President Obama's stimulus bill and Department of Energy grants, and estimated all of the federal investments have created "2,000 jobs in Nevada."

However ...

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