Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (4/1/15)

April 1st, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (4/1/15).

  1. Greentech Media reports, “New solar generation made up for four-fifths of California’s lost hydro production in 2014.”
  2. The White House releases a fact sheet, on the U.S. target “to reduce our [greenhouse gas] emissions by 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025, and to make best efforts to reduce by 28%.”
  3. According to Chris Mooney of the Washington Post: “Renewable energy is growing very, very fast. It’s just still not fast enough.”
  4. The Guardian reports, “Major economies would boost their prosperity, employment levels and health prospects if they took actions that limited global warming to 2c, according to the first analysis of emissions pledges made before the UN climate summit in Paris later this year.”
  5. The U.S. Department of Energy has a new interactive map of “what the wind industry could look like decades from now based on changing electricity demand, fuel prices, wind power costs and transmission infrastructure.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (3/31/15)

March 31st, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (3/31/15).

  1. Climate Progress reports, “At least 20 animal species are still suffering from the effects of the largest oil spill in U.S. history nearly five years after it occurred, according to a National Wildlife Federation report released Monday.”
  2. David Roberts of Grist explains: “The world’s first ‘clean coal’ plant — that is, the first full-size coal-fired power plant ever to capture and store the majority of its CO2 emissions — is located in, of all places, Saskatchewan. (They should change the name to ‘Of All Places, Saskatchewan.’) According to the first financial analysis done on the project, it appears to be functioning primarily as a public subsidy to the province’s aging oil industry.”
  3. RenewEconomy writes: “Solar PV is already upturning the business models of utilities around the world, yet right now it contributes just 1 per cent of global electricity demand. Imagine what its impact will be when it grows another tenfold in the coming decade.”
  4. Grist writes, “Burning coal can help the planet, delusional U.N. board decides.”
  5. Slate explains: “Renewable energy doesn’t have to be a luxury purchase. Here’s how one company makes it a cost-saver for the working class.

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (3/30/15)

March 30th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (3/30/15).

  1. Bloomberg reports, “Energy firms tried to slow science inquiries blaming them for earthquakes in Oklahoma.”
  2. According to DeSmog Canada, “Vancouver Sets Goal to be First 100% Renewable Canadian City.”
  3. Climate Progress reports: “For the second year in a row, new cars are ahead of the game when it comes to reducing their carbon footprint. According to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency, the auto industry beat out domestic greenhouse gas emissions standards by a “wide margin” in 2013, with cars getting an average of 1.4 more miles per gallon than required.”
  4. The Washington Post writes: “Why the [offshore wind power] project stalled — and why New Jersey will almost certainly miss its goal of 1,100 megawatts of wind-generated electricity before 2021 — is the subject of intense debate here. Some blame the governor, whose enthusiasm for wind energy appeared to flag around the time he began exploring a run for the Republican presidential nomination. Political opponents say the turning point was a series of meetings in 2011 and 2012 with key Republican donors, including billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, oil-industry magnates who have bankrolled campaigns against renewable energy.”
  5. The Hill reports, “Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) squeaked in a vote early Friday morning on their energy efficiency bill after the Senate ended an hours-long marathon on the budget.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (3/27/15)

March 27th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (3/27/15).

  1. In Tulsa World, The Wind Coalition director Jeff Clark argues, “Wind power is vital to Oklahoma, and its economic prowess is only going to increase.”
  2. Greentech Media’s “Energy Gang” asks whether expiration of the solar federal tax credit will “kill jobs or make installers stronger.”
  3. The Wall Street Journal reports, “The ranks of financially stressed companies have swelled to a 4½-year high as the sharp drop in oil prices batters energy companies.”
  4. According to Climate Progress: “Floridians for Solar Choice reached 72,000 signatures on a petition that seeks to allow Floridians to purchase solar power directly from other consumers — something that isn’t currently allowed in the state. That number of signatures clears the way for the petition to be reviewed by the state’s Supreme Court, which will decide whether or not the petition’s language legally qualifies it to be a ballot initiative for Floridians in 2016. Getting its petition on the 2016 ballot is the main goal for Floridians for Solar Choice.”
  5. Greentech Media reports, “The New York Power Authority and SUNY Polytechnic Institute will partner to build the world’s largest research and development facility focused on energy technology innovation.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (3/26/15)

March 26th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (3/26/15).

  1. Greentech Media writes, “as with the U.S. solar industry, energy storage projects are clustered in states with incentives or in regions where markets are able to place a value on storage.”
  2. A panel of experts at the Center for American Progress talks about “Expanding Access to Solar Energy for All American Households.”
  3. In The Hill, former Rep. Barry Goldwater, Jr. writes: “After decades of operating as a natural monopoly, utilities are finally being disrupted. With declining costs, innovative financing models, and real consumer savings, rooftop solar panels are giving consumers choice and competition, which is something everyone should cheer about. Like the cable and wireline monopolies of old, disruption promises lower prices and better service. But utilities are not going down without a fight. They have launched a fear-mongering campaign to get politicians and unelected rate-setting boards to protect their monopoly status at the expense of consumers.”
  4. According to Grist, “The American coal industry is terminally ill — and that should serve as a warning to investors who might be tempted to put their money into other fossil fuels.”
  5. Crain’s Chicago Business reports, “Illinois seizing clean-energy funds to balance budget.”