Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air

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Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air

IVANPAH DRY LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays — “streamers,” for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair

Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one “streamer” every two minutes, are urging California officials to halt the operator’s application to build a still-bigger version.

The investigators want the halt until the full extent of the deaths can be assessed. Estimates per year now range from a low of about a thousand by BrightSource to 28,000 by an expert for the Center for Biological Diversity environmental group.

Obama’s energy team challenges fossil fuels to embrace climate agenda

Obama administration officials used the annual clean energy summit in Las Vegas to deliver a clear message: they’re speeding ahead with renewable energy projects but are willing to help the fossil fuels industries if they get behind the president’s climate agenda.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and departing Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Jon Wellinghoff on Tuesday challenged the oil, gas and coal industries to seize on new technologies to earn their spot in the future low-carbon economy Obama envisions.

Government, creditors object in CODA bankruptcy

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Attorneys for the federal government and unsecured creditors have filed objections to electric car maker CODA Holdings’ bankruptcy plans.Court papers filed Friday argue that CODA’s bankruptcy financing and sale plans unfairly benefit a group of debtors seeking to acquire the company.