Five Energy Articles We’re Reading Today (2/25/11)

Here are five recommended reads for today (2/25/11).

  1. According to a report in the Baltimore Sun, “researchers at Cornell University have projected that greenhouse gas emissions from shale gas production over the next 20 years could actually be higher than from surface-mined coal, possibly even twice as high.”
  2. The LA Times reports, “The state Senate acted Thursday to require California utilities to boost their use of wind, solar and other renewable energy sources to a third of total supply by the year 2020.”  The article adds, “Supporters said the 33% target for renewables would put California ahead of the rest of the country in green-energy use.”
  3. Todd Woody writes at Grist that Google Ventures, “the search giant’s investment arm,” says that it “has developed arevolutionary new technology,” which could eliminate “90 percent of the energy waste when current is converted from AC to DC and back.” That, in turn, “could save terawatts of energy if widely adopted.”
  4. The New York Times Green blog reports on a new process in which solar power is used “to squeeze oil out of an old oil field, flooding the underground rock with steam that comes from the sun’s heat instead of from burning natural gas.”  According to solar steam generator manufacturing company, GlassPointSolar, “[t]he process is cheaper than using natural gas, even at today’s depressed prices for that fuel, and trims the carbon footprint of the gasoline.”
  5. Will the documentary “Gasland” win an Academy Award this weekend? We don’t know, but the New York Times looks at controversy over the film’s claims and attempts to sort through them.