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SunPower, Xcel Team Up in Colorado: Xcel Energy and SunPower Corp. announced plans today to build a 17-megawatt photovoltaic solar power plant in Colorado’s Alamosa County by the end of next year. — Silicon Valley Business Journal

X Prize Race Heats Up: A field of 111 teams, including India’s Tata Motors and Tesla will compete for a $10 million prize to build a “practical” vehicle capable of getting the equivalent of 100 mpg. This year 91 of the entered vehicles are electric. — Wall Street Journal

Enviros Head to DC En Masse: It’s not quite the “wholesale exodus” that took place after Bill Clinton was elected, but now that Washington has become a kind of promised land for environmentalists, many advocates and professors are moving there to take jobs in policy. — NYT’s Green Inc.

Chu on the Pickens Plan: Energy Chief Steven Chu said this morning he’s “agnostic” on proposals (popularized by T. Boone Pickens) to expand the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel, adding that he prefers biofuels and tighter fuel-efficiency standards for vehicles. — WSJ’s Environmental Capital

Climate Change on the Fast Track:Scientifically, it may be possible to limit global warming to a 3.6-degree Fahrenheit rise above pre-industrial levels, but political will is lacking. Many scientists now expect Arctic ice to melt faster and sea levels to rise quicker than projected. — Reuters