Reid touts clean energy and says the Senate could (still) pass a Renewable Electricity Standard

Senate leader Harry Reid said today that he would continue to push for a clean energy bill after Congress is back in session, but the shape of such a bill could not be prefigured because Democrats and Republicans would have to reconsider the issues.

“I don’t think we can define where we’re going to wind up because it’s a work in progress,” Reid said at a news conference on Tuesday.
A new Senate energy bill would not, however, contain a cap-and-trade provision, Reid said.

Nevada hits the jackpot with geothermal power

As renewable energy goes, geothermal power often takes a backseat, publicity-wise, to the fast-growing wind and solar industries.
But geothermal power is poised for a phenomenal expansion, according to a report compiled for the Geothermal Energy Association and released today.
Just in Nevada, a state with rich geothermal potential, the industry could be worth up to $22.5 billion over the next 30 years, according to the GEA report, released in anticipation of a GEA Geothermal Energy and Utilities, Co-ops and Public Power Workshop July 22 in Las Vegas with utility and power companies.

Nevada Energy and the coal hard truth

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

NV Energy has postponed plans to build a coal-fired power plant in eastern Nevada due to “increasing environmental and economic uncertainties surrounding its development,” the company announced.

Instead, the company will focus on construction of a 250-mile transmission line to link northern and southern Nevada in hopes of transporting energy from “renewable and other energy production facilities,” NV said in a statement. And it will ask the state regulatory agency to approve accelerated construction of the line.