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15 Flips | 2 Magazines | 2 Likes | 1 Follower | @swbiological | Southwest Biological is your full-service, one-stop shop for environmental science, compliance, and monitoring. Our goal is to make your life easier by taking the guesswork out of environmental issues. Our people specialize in utility-scale energy projects, including T&D, wind, and solar, though we've done a lot more than that. Based in Flagstaff, Arizona, we serve the entire Southwest region with easy access to adjoining states. 

Shale Boom: Impacts in the U.S. and Beyond

The unconventional oil and gas boom has shaken up energy markets in the U.S. and beyond. Across many American states, the energy sector is …

EPA Regulations To Combat “Global Warming” Are “The Most Fundamental Transformation” Of US Power…

They. Never. Stop.<p>The head of a major U.S. utility said EPA rules to fight global warming will fundamentally transform the way America generates and …

Illinois Bill Pledges More Clean Energy Jobs, Boost to Economy, and Cleaner Air

By Dick Munson<p>Illinois is two-for-two on clean energy wins. Today, Illinois legislators introduced a bill to spur significant new growth in the clean energy industry, creating an estimated 32,000 jobs annually across Illinois once proposed clean energy standards are fully implemented. Already a …

President’s Budget Would Increase Funding for Renewable Technologies But Defund Fossil Energy Research

<i>The House Energy and Power Subcommittee heard testimony from Secretary Moniz on the DOE FY 2016 budget request, which outlined $1+B in renewable</i> …

Citi's $100 Billion Downpayment On Clean Energy Future

Knowing the world needs to invest an additional trillion dollars per year into clean energy by 2030 might sound daunting. This week, however, we saw a down payment on that clean energy future we so desperately need: a new $100 billion environmental finance initiative announced by one of the world’s …

Big Oil’s explosive week: Two disasters reveal the dangers of America’s energy boom

The fossil fuel industry continues to prioritize profits over safety — and regulations aren’t keeping up<p>Wednesday morning, an explosion tore through an ExxonMobil oil refinery in Torrance, California, injuring four people and spewing ash for miles. Over in West Virginia, an oil train continued to …

4 Ways To Make Sure Your Cloud Data Isn't Hacked

Between recent high-profile cloud hacks—including the iCloud hacking scandal and the Sony Pictures Entertainment breach—and the fact that 90 percent of U.S. broadband users are now aware of cloud services to store files, cloud security has become an important, deeply-complex and wide-ranging …

U.S. court upholds FERC rules on electric grid planning | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. court on Friday upheld rules from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission calling on utilities to take various actions, including increased planning of large transmission projects.<p>The sun rises behind windmills at a wind farm in Palm Springs, California, February 9, …

Disconnect Between Claims For Solar And Reality

In my last post, I noted that opponents of solar power tend to seize on problems like the frying of birds by solar concentrators and arguably exaggerate them. However, now I will turn to the other side, and note that solar power proponents present an unremittingly positive view of solar, but one …

Geothermal Power Steaming Over Wind And Solar Energies

All the talk about the government subsidies given to the various energy forms has one fuel source steaming: geothermal power, which ranks fourth among all renewable energies in terms of total capacity — after wind, solar and hydro.<p>Geothermal stands in the shadows of the higher profile green …

Why SunPower is Increasingly Holding Solar Projects On Its Books

SunPower’s project development business – which involves the construction of large-scale solar power plants for electric utilities, generation companies and investment firms – has been the primary driver of the company’s performance over the last two years. The company has been working on projects …

Palo Alto’s utility now provides guilt-free electricity

It’s one thing to own your utility with a commitment to renewable energy, but it’s quite another thing to deliver on it. In 2007, the municipal …

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EPA's Clean Power Plan: Texas' Last Stand Or Last Hope?

August has been an eventful month here in Texas. And, no, I’m not referring to news about Governor Rick Perry, rather some of his appointees. The Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC), Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Railroad Commissioners (RRC) Barry Smitherman and Christy …

Price of electricity could double over next 20 years, says National Grid

The price of electricity could double over the next two decades, according to forecasts published on Thursday by the National Grid, the company responsible for keeping Britain's lights on.<p>The current price of wholesale electricity is below £50 per megawatt hour but could soar to over £100 by 2035 …