Here’s some of the latest action we’re following on the GreenBeat today:

GE likes ZigBee best for smart appliances — GE released a white paper yesterday that declared ZigBee-based communications are best for home area networks. GE has already adopted the technology for its own smart appliances, Greentech Media notes. The paper also evaluated WiFi, Bluetooth and power line carrier-based communications.

Deepwater Wind proposes 1,000-megawatt wind farm — The ambitious project would cover 270 square miles and be located between Rhode Island and Long Island in New York, the New York Times reports. The farm would be connected to grids in New England and could allow for cheaper electricity to flow into the pricier New York markets.

First Solar to tap Indian market — The company announced yesterday a deal to ship 15 megawatts by March to the state of Gujarat, Earth2Tech reports. The Indian government has a national goal to install 20 gigawatts of solar by 2022 and also has plans to institute solar subsidies.

Texas building up wind energy — Texas regulators have budgeted $4.93 billion for wind transmission line projects in selected Competitive Renewable Energy Zones, awarding the bulk of projects to Dallas utility Oncor (about 850 miles’ worth), Greentech media writes. But regulators also blocked planned wind lines from crossing the Palo Duro Canyon, meaning that wind energy will cost more and have to travel further to get to ratepayers, the Wall Street Journal reports.