Southern California environment news and trends

Greenpeace v. Facebook: should energy be renewable or efficient?

A few weeks back I talked to Kumi Naidoo, the head of Greenpeace International - a pretty wide ranging interview that included him throwing down with Facebook on their use of coal power.

Naidoo told me:

Their electricity needs will multiply at least by three to four times what it is now. So how they plan and invest, in terms of thinking about their energy needs, is critically, critically important. Facebook, in terms of its new data center in Pineville, Oregon, has some good things about it. However, to have a dependency that the majority of the generation of the electricity is coming from coal just doesn't make sense."

After Naidoo stepped to, Facebook has stepped up - its publicity, anyway - on the Pineville site.

In a blog post on FB, FB VP Jonathan Heiliger wrote of the company's redesign from the ground up:


Eric Clapton can explain energy efficiency to you

Hello humanoids! It's been a while since I've been writing in this space; glad to be back.

In the last several months I've been reading about large-scale energy projects on public lands - and I've been trying to keep my eyeballs peeled for reports of their benefits, like success in creating jobs. I'm not the only one. The Las Vegas Sun's Delen Goldberg wrote yesterday about a project in Nevada called Copper Mountain, run by Sempra Energy. Here's the stats for that 775,000 panel array:

Temporary construction jobs created: 350. Not bad.
Nevadans employed: 262. That’s a good share.
Solar power coming to Nevada: 0. Zip.
Parts manufactured in Nevada: 0. Zilch.
Permanent jobs created: 5. That’s not a typo. State incentives developer Sempra Generation received: $12 million. That’s not a typo, either.