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Virginia Governor Signs Executive Order to Drive Renewable Energy Installations

LCG, September 18, 2019--The Governor of Virginia signed an Executive Order 43 yesterday setting statewide goals for clean energy deployment and expands upon the Commonwealth's commitments to reduce the environmental impact, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and boost the clean energy economy in Virginia.

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Los Angeles Moves A Step Closer to Approving Huge Solar with Battery Storage Installation

LCG, September 12, 2019--The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a plan on September 10 to install a 300-MW/1,200-MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) located at 8minute Solar Energy's (8mSE) Eland Solar and Storage Center.

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Davis Wants to Know Who's Paying for Ads

LCG, July 23, 2001California Gov. Gray Davis, his skin worn thin by a month of television ads criticizing his handling of the state's electricity crisis, went to court Friday to learn the names of his tormentors.

The commercials, which began airing on June 18, end with the tag line "Grayouts from Gray Davis," which the governor and his legal advisers figure makes them political advertising and not educational. When Davis called the state's independent power producers "the biggest snakes on the planet earth," that was educational.

Under state law, groups that run issue-oriented ads don't have to divulge the names of individual contributors because those ads are considered educational. Advertising that supports or attacks candidates is considered political and the names of those sponsoring the ads are required to be registered with the California secretary of state.

Davis' legal team thinks the ads are an attack on the governor and the sponsors should be named. In a suit filed in San Francisco Superior Court, the governor's political committee alleges that the American Taxpayers Alliance failed to register and is in violation of the state's Political Reform Act.

Garry South, Davis' political adviser, said the views expressed in the ads may be protected by the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution, "But you have the responsibility under California law to reveal who is paying for commercials if they fall under the political realm, and these clearly do."

The American Taxpayers Alliance is a Washington, D.C.-based organization run by Scott Reed, a Republican strategist. He has declined to disclose the group's contributors. Davis suspects the contributors include the biggest snakes on the planet earth.

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