Clean Start: January 30, 2012

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Wind power developers installed wind turbines with capacity of 6,810 MW in the US last year, which is an increase of 31 percent according to the American Wind Energy Association. [EV Wind]

Global renewable energy deals climbed 40 percent to a record high of $53.5 billion last year from $38.2 billion in 2010, as solar, wind and energy efficiency overtook hydropower as the main deal drivers for the first time, a report said on Monday. [Reuters]

Universal Solar System, a developer of clean-energy projects in India, completed its first 2-megawatt plant in Gujarat state. [Bloomberg]

Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said Sunday that legislation advancing the Keystone XL pipeline would be part of a major House Republican infrastructure and energy bill if it is not enacted before that bill comes to a vote. [The Hill]

The safety and environmental concerns related to shale gas extraction aren’t limited to fracking, and that the “cleanness” of this clean-energy solution isn’t entirely clear. [Mother Jones]

Gov. Jerry Brown said in an interview airing in Los Angeles today that California’s high-speed rail project will cost far less than the state’s current estimate of nearly $100 billion and that environmental fees paid by carbon polluters will be a source of funding. [Sacramento Bee]

Tornadoes assaulted 23 regencies and cities throughout Indonesia on Wednesday, claiming seven lives, injuring 51 people and damaging 1,012 houses. [Xinhua]

The New South Wales Government has declared five natural disaster zones in the Australian state’s north after days of severe flooding. [Herald Sun]

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