BrightSource Energy looks abroad

BrightSource effectively has ended its pipeline of California projects.
 
Solar power might become the world's largest source of electricity by 2050 as falling costs boost installations, according to the International Energy Agency.  
 
Gary Reyes
Battery-based energy storage -- for homes, businesses and the electric grid -- is a hot new industry in Silicon Valley, driven by advances in battery chemistry and state policies designed to spur technological innovation.  
 
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California adopts first-in-nation energy storage plan

State regulators require utilities to invest in energy storage technology 
SOLAR
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Google invests $145 million in SoCal solar plant

Google is helping to convert a one-time oil field into a solar power plant. The Internet search company is providing $145 million in financing so that SunEdison can build the plant north of Los Angeles in Kern County. 
GREEN AUTOS
( JOHN GREEN )
Toyota bets big on fuel cell vehicles

Toyota is heavily promoting its 2015 FCV, or fuel cell vehicle, which will seats four, have a range of 300 miles and refuel in three to five minutes.  
09/30/2014 10:26 PM PDT - BrightSource effectively has ended its pipeline of California projects.
 
 
09/29/2014 01:49 PM PDT - Solar power might become the world's largest source of electricity by 2050 as falling costs boost installations, according to the International Energy Agency.  
 
Gary Reyes
09/26/2014 05:00 PM PDT - Battery-based energy storage -- for homes, businesses and the electric grid -- is a hot new industry in Silicon Valley, driven by advances in battery chemistry and state policies designed to spur technological innovation.  
 
Douglas C. Pizac
09/24/2014 04:55 PM PDT - A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.
 
 
 
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Mill Valley Film Fest: 5 things we're excited about

From local films to Metallica to Oscar contenders like 'Wild,' 'Foxcatcher' and 'The Theory of Everything,' Mill Valley Film Fest offers charming mix of Hollywood and homespun Bay Area attractions.