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IWISHIHAD
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Feds approve largest-ever solar project in Calif.
Interior continues solar spree with approval of 1,000-megawatt project in Calif. desert

Associated Press Writer, On Monday October 25, 2010, 9:11 pm


WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration has approved a thousand-megawatt solar project on federal land in southern California, the largest solar project ever planned on U.S. public lands.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar hailed the $6 billion Blythe Solar Power Project, to be built in the Mojave Desert near Blythe, Calif., as the start of a boom in solar power on federal lands.

"Today is a day that makes me excited about the nation's future," Salazar said Monday at a news conference. "This project shows in a real way how harnessing our own renewable resources can create good jobs here at home."

The Blythe project, being developed by Solar Millennium, a German solar developer, is slated for more than 7,000 acres of public land near the Arizona border, some 225 miles east of Los Angeles.

The project is the sixth solar power development approved by the Interior Department this month -- all in California and Nevada. Approval of a seventh project -- also in California -- is expected in the next few weeks. All could start transmitting electricity by the end of 2011 or early 2012.

At full capacity, the seven projects would generate more than 3,000 megawatts of power and provide electricity for up to 2 million homes. The projects are expected to create more than 2,000 jobs during construction and several hundred permanent jobs.

A spokeswoman for the solar industry said the flurry of announcements shows that efforts made by the Obama administration and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to promote solar power are beginning to pay off.

"We're finally going to see solar energy produced on public lands in the United States -- and this is something the public wants," said Monique Hanis, a spokeswoman for the Solar Energy Industries Association, a Washington-based trade group.

The announcements come about five years after solar developers began asking the Bureau of Land Management for rights to develop hundreds of solar plants on millions of acres of federally owned desert in the Southwest.

The bureau opened federally owned lands in 2005 to solar development, but an examination of records and interviews of officials by The Associated Press showed the program operated a first-come, first-served leasing system that quickly overwhelmed its small staff and enabled companies, regardless of solar industry experience, to squat on land without any real plans to develop it.

To expedite environmental review and bureaucratic red tape, the Interior Department identified 14 of the most promising solar projects among the more than 180 current permit applications covering about 23 million acres of federally owned desert in the Southwest.

Those 14 "fast-track" projects alone would produce more than 6,000 megawatts, enough to power 4 million homes for a day at peak usage, officials said.

Hanis, the industry representative, said that even after the 14 fast-track projects are approved, solar energy will remain a tiny fraction of overall energy production on U.S. lands. The projects approved this month are the first ever approved by the land management bureau, compared with more than 74,000 oil and gas permits issued in the past two decades.

Final approval by the end of the year qualifies the solar projects for federal funds under the economic stimulus law approved last year. Solar Millennium is eligible to secure $1.9 billion in conditional loan guarantees from the Energy Department for the Blythe project.

The company will be required to mitigate the project's effect on more than 8,000 acres of habitat for the desert tortoise, western burrowing owl, bighorn sheep and Mojave fringe-toed lizard, as part of an agreement with federal officials.


I guess no one in this country has the ability to develope such project?


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The bureau opened federally owned lands in 2005 to solar development, but an examination of records and interviews of officials by The Associated Press showed the program operated a first-come, first-served leasing system that quickly overwhelmed its small staff and enabled companies, regardless of solar industry experience, to squat on land without any real plans to develop it.


this is the same game as in the oil leases...

use it or lose it... why do we allow such behaviour?

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Solar Millennium is eligible to secure $1.9 billion in conditional loan guarantees from the Energy Department for the Blythe project.

Ok, now i don't know the details of the loans, but as taxpayers?

we should be happy to garantee loans and or underwrite them provided the return interest covers inflation....

the hard part is makingsure the co's are serious about making it work and not just teh same type scammers like we see a few of in the pinksheets everyday...

this type of thing is worth accepting tax debt on provided we re not just giving the money away...

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Yea but why do we have to give it to a German Solar Developer, especially when it's our tax dollar paying for it or loaning it?

We constantly give our jobs away when we do not have enough for us... We The People


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it seems to me that Americans don't want the business enough... or to try to fight the "powers that be"

i want to put up solar panels but MS still doesn't have net metering, so my power Co Entergy won't allow me to.

Entergy has agreemnets in Ark, Tex and Louisiana, but not in MS...

i beleive that makes us in violation of Federal law. so what else is new?

other power co's in th estate allow it, and some people are getting 15 cents perKWH, i pay 12 or so, depending on how entergy "feels".. it's creepy what happens in a conservative state that favors business. it ends up favoring BIG business and screwing us little guys...

the only reason i have to use entergy is cuz of the school district and i don't have long to wait now till i can move to the next county where we have cooperatives that are really good deals... in the meantime i am still slave to Entergy...

i even wrote aletter to the Governor, never heard back of course...


Republican critics of Attorney General Jim Hood are celebrating a Louisiana Supreme Court decision reducing the fine that Entergy New Orleans has to pay for overcharging ratepayers. Entergy New Orleans is a subsidiary of Entergy Inc., which the state of Mississippi is currently suing for overcharging ratepayers.

“Hood’s entire Mississippi rate case was based on a Louisiana case. Well, guess what. That case just got tossed by the La Supreme Court,” conservative blogger Alan Lange wrote in celebration last week.

That was an inaccurate statement, however. The court there did not “toss” the case, but overturned a Louisiana appeal court’s decision partially in favor of Entergy Louisiana, reducing the appeal court’s $34.3 million decision against Entergy New Orleans to $11.3 million.

The Supreme Court, however, did not overturn the council’s decision that Entergy had improperly charged city customers, and did not order the city to repay any undue fines or fees to Entergy New Orleans.

Mississippi has an agreement with Entergy, as part of its status as a monopoly supplier of power, to purchase the cheapest available power from other sources whenever possible. Instead, Hood alleges that the company has been forsaking cheaper electricity purchases in lieu of more expensive electricity bought from its own subsidiaries, and diverting customer’s money to fund nuclear reactor development along the East Coast.
There is also still the matter of the $72 million settlement that Entergy entered into with the state of Louisiana in Delaney v. Entergy Inc. In that case, the Louisiana Public Service Commission claimed Entergy had been buying more expensive electricity from its subsidiaries rather than the competition—the same claim Hood is making in Mississippi.
“Mississippi spells out that you can’t put anything but your actual cost in the fuel adjustment cost,” Hood said. “You can run it through your rate, but if it’s a rate increase, there will be a Public Service Commission hearing complete with cross examination.”

Louisiana backed up its claims with so much information that Entergy actually dropped its argument and admitted wrongdoing.


So, Entergy buys the energy from their own subsidiaries and pays whatever they feel like, then we have to pay the "extra" fees.. sweet deal huh?

last year they gave us a "rebate" of 10% on what we used last year to pay us back form the years before... and they never admitted any guilt..

it's so corrupt- liberal, conservative, it doesn't matter... they all f'ing do it... the most liberal politicans here would be conservative in any other state but Alabma and Ga.. there they would be moderates..

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