Greener Utilities: According to a new analysis from the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, more than 850 utilities across the U.S. now offer green power programs, with wind making up the biggest chunk of renewables. Utilities in Texas, Oregon and California ranked among the top ten for clean energy sales (kWh per year). — Clean Edge
Senate Digs Into Smart Grid Tech: U.S. Senate staff heard presentations about “shovel ready projects” from energy delivery and advanced metering infrastructure companies, as well as the regional transmission organization PJM Interconnection. — Press Release
Almost Comical: Congressman John Boehner, the Ohio Republican who leads his party in the House, called the idea that carbon dioxide is harmful to the environment “almost comical” this week in an interview with George Stephanopoulos. — NYT’s Green Inc.
Fall of Solar?: Solar stocks have skyrocketed since last month on optimism about government efforts to boost demand, but analysts warn that investors in the sector are now in for a harsh reality check. — Reuters
New Kind of NIMBY: Royal Dutch Shell wants to try out a carbon sequestration scheme in Holland, but it has encountered local opposition to its plan for capturing carbon dioxide from a refinery in Rotterdam and storing it underground in depleted gas fields. — WSJ’s Environmental Capital