Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (11/15/11)

Here are five recommended reads for today (11/15/11)

  1. Renewable Energy World reports, “The German network agency, the Bundesnetzagentur, announced…new feed-in tariffs for solar PV as part of automatic adjustment of the tariffs based on the amount of solar capacity being installed. Because of continued strong growth in solar PV installations, the new tariffs are 15 percent less than those in 2011.”
  2. Media Matters for America writes: “Reporting on emails selectively released by House Republicans, numerous media outlets falsely claimed the documents show Obama donor George Kaiser — whose family foundation invested in Solyndra — discussing Solyndra’s federal loan with the White House, with Fox going even further to claim “quid pro quo.” In fact, the emails occurred after Solyndra had already received the loan guarantee and do not indicate that Kaiser discussed the loan with the White House.”
  3. According to ThinkProgress Green, Ohio Governor “Kasich is opening Ohio’s state parks to fracking — a method of natural gas drilling that contaminates water supplies with radioactive material,” despite the fact that “Seventy percent of Ohioans oppose Kasich’s plan to drill on public lands.”
  4. The New York Times Green blog reports, “The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a 10-state program that has been testing a carbon dioxide cap-and-trade system, may be in trouble,” but “a new study says the program has saved money for consumers, stimulated job growth and kept money in local economies in the states that signed up.”
  5. David Roberts of Grist explains “what the Keystone XL delay means for tar sands and the green movement.”