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Five Energy Articles We’re Reading Today (8/31/11)

Posted By Lowell F. on August 31st, 2011

Here are five recommended reads for today (8/31/11)

  1. Stephen Lacey of Climate Progress reports: “In a call to arms this afternoon at the National Clean Energy Summit, Vice President Joe Biden made the case for continued investments in renewable energy, explaining that “we have to unleash” innovation in the sector to stay competitive and rise to the environmental and economic challenges of the day.” Biden added, “If we don’t develop renewable energy, we will make the biggest mistake in this nation’s history.”
  2. 2. According to The Australian, “INDIAN wind-power company Suzlon Energy is planning a $1.3 billion project in regional South Australia to power 225,000 homes a year.”
  3. Solve Climate News writes that Californiahas become one of few governments worldwide—and the first in the U.S.—to finalize a unique auction program to ramp-up renewables.”
  4. According to Scientific American, “all form of energy generation carry risks,” but fossil fuels are clearly “the most dangerous form of energy generation” both in terms of accidents and even more so from the health-related burden of fossil fuel pollution.
  5. A new report from Oil Change International finds thatKeystone XL will not lessen U.S. dependence on foreign oil, but rather transport Canadian oil to American refineries for export to overseas markets.”
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Five Energy Articles We’re Reading Today (8/30/11)

Posted By Lowell F. on August 30th, 2011

Here are five recommended reads for today (8/30/11)

  1. The City of Alexandria, Virginia announces that it has agreed with GenOn Energy “to permanently close the company’s Potomac River Generating Station, which began operating in 1949” and is coal-fired.
  2. Greentechmedia reports, “Energy Secretary Steve just announced another loan guarantee in a long line of loan guarantees for CSP plants…  the Genesis Solar Project, a 250-megawatt parabolic trough CSP plant sponsored by NextEra Energy Resources to be built on Bureau of Land Management land in Riverside County, California.  The DOE portion is a guarantee for $852 million. The total financing is $935 million.”
  3. An analysis by Climate Progress finds that, despite “a concerted smear campaign” against “green jobs,” “Clean energy is a bright spot in the economic recovery, already creating large numbers of high quality U.S. jobs in emerging industries.  Cleantech (primarily clean energy) has seen “torrid growth” from 2003 to 2010, 8.3% per year — almost double the growth rate of the  overall economy during that time.”
  4. According to the Washington Post, “A clean energy revolution is under way in the United States but isn’t happening quickly enough, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday. Reid told reporters in advance of a clean energy summit in Las Vegas that the country is still too dependent on foreign oil and needs to change that to help national defense and the economy.”
  5. Huffington Post reports, “The construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, planned to run from the Canadian tar sands to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico, has caused quite a stir. And now it’s also led to the creation of a very detailed infographic” on spills by the Keystone I tar sands oil pipeline.
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Five Energy Articles We’re Reading Today (8/29/11)

Posted By Lowell F. on August 29th, 2011

Here are five recommended reads for today (8/29/11)

  1. Stephen Lacey of Climate Progress writes, “With all the stories about China dominating the solar photovoltaics (PV) manufacturing sector, you might not think that America is a net exporter of solar products. But it is — to the tune of $1.8 billion. That’s a $1 billion increase over net exports documented in the solar sector last year.
  2. Bloomberg reports, “Photovoltaic and solar-thermal plants may meet most of the world’s demand for electricity by 2060 — and half of all energy needs — with wind, hydropower and biomass plants supplying much of the remaining generation, Cedric Philibert, senior analyst in the renewable energy division at the Paris-based [International Energy Agency], said in an Aug. 26 phone interview.”
  3. The Diane Rehm Show has a panel discussion on theGrowing concerns over fracking and the role of natural gas in the U.S. economy.”
  4. Greentechmedia examines the question, “How Did Wind Beat the Price of Natural Gas in Brazil?” The answer, in short: “clear competition, clear rules, clear regulation, clear benefits for enterprise and clear long-term profits.”
  5. Renewable Energy World has a piece entitled, “Lessons Learned: Italy’s Solar Rise and the Path Ahead.”  According to the article, “The sudden rise to become the world’s second largest solar market behind Germany has not come without some headaches and many lessons learned, and it has many countries with big solar ambitions watching intently. But, ultimately, Italy has been a success story even though its growth has coincided with deep economic troubles that continue to grip the nation.”
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Five Energy Articles We’re Reading Today (8/26/11)

Posted By Lowell F. on August 26th, 2011

Here are five recommended reads for today (8/26/11)

  1. Chris Mooney of DeSmogBlog writes about “Hurricane Irene, Climate Change, and the Need to Consider Worst Case Scenarios.” Mooney argues that “Irene focuses our attention on our serious vulnerability, and we need to seize that moment–because too often our default position is to act like nothing bad is going to happen.”
  2. Bloomberg reports, “Japan approved a bill today to subsidize electricity from renewable sources, joining European nations in shifting away from nuclear power after the Fukushima reactor meltdowns in March.”  In related news, Bloomberg reports, “Japanese domestic shipments of solar panels may increase by as much as 10 times in “a fairly short period” after the government approved renewable energy subsidies, a solar industry group’s chairman said.”
  3. Stephen Lacey of Climate Progress writes, “On Fox News yesterday, anchor Megyn Kelly started a segment on EPA air quality regulations with an outright lie,” that “a fifth of America’s electricity generating capacity is about to be taken offline thanks to new federal regulations.” As Lacey notes, that is completely untrue.
  4. Clean Techies argues that “huge sums will be invested in the electricity system as aging infrastructure is replaced and new infrastructure is built to meet our country’s growing energy needs,” and that “the Clean Energy Vision and its many benefits is the right choice for the West.”
  5. AFP reports, “The biggest European automaker, Volkswagen, plans to invest almost one billion euros ($1.44 billion) in renewable energies over the coming years.”
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Five Energy Articles We’re Reading Today (8/25/11)

Posted By Lowell F. on August 25th, 2011

Here are five recommended reads for today (8/25/11)

  1. According to the New York Times, “The [Marcellus] shale formation has about 84 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas, according to the report from the United States Geological Survey. This is drastically lower than the 410 trillion cubic feet that was published earlier this year by the federal Energy Information Administration. ”
  2. As protests continue against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, the Washington Post reports, “The State Department will remove a major roadblock to construction of a massive oil pipeline stretching from Canada to Texas when it releases its final environmental assessment of the project as soon as Friday, according to sources briefed on the process.”
  3. 3. Climate Progress writes that the “Koch-Fueled Offshore Wind Study Still Doesn’t Fly.”
  4. Wind Power Monthly reports, “Wind-energy prices in South America are following the trend set by Brazil last week and continuing to fall. Both Uruguay and Peru have recently completed wind-energy auctions with prices hitting $63/MWh and $69/MWh respectively.”
  5. According to The Hill, “A major environmental group has teamed up with a conservative think tank and others to urge the congressional supercommittee to slash oil, coal, ethanol and nuclear subsidies — a move the groups say would save $380 billion over the next five years… The report calls for eliminating a series of tax breaks for the oil industry, as well as a 45-cents-per-gallon ethanol tax credit. It also recommends cutting incentives for carbon capture and sequestration at coal plants, as well as loan guarantees for the nuclear industry.”
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