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Feed-in Tariff on the Way on SoCal: The country’s largest municipal utility, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, “is poised to pass a roughly 5 percent rate increase on electricity use,” with proceeds earmarked for renewable energy programs including a feed-in tariff for solar power. — New York Times

Meet the Gribble Worm: “Most cellulosic ethanol companies that are using bio-chemical methods require the use of expensive enzymes to breakdown the polysaccharides into simple sugars that can be further fermented into ethanol.” But new research suggests a crustacean called the Gribble worm, “is an idiot savant when it comes to transforming wood into sugars.” — Greentech Media

Shift in the Energy Balance: “The path of demand in [natural] gas’s new age is hard to predict, but abundant new sources could bring about profound change in patterns of energy consumption.” — The Economist

Americans on Climate Change: Meh: “Americans are less concerned about the threat of climate change than they were two years ago and almost half say the seriousness of global warming is overblown, a Gallup Organization Inc. poll shows.” — Bloomberg via BusinessWeek

Aurica Motors Angles for NUMMI: “Who the heck is Aurica Motors? An under-the-radar electric car company with big dreams, that’s who. A company that, if it gets its way, will turn the soon-to-be-closed NUMMI plant in Fremont, CA into a huge production facility for electric vehicles.” — Autoblog Green


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