Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (1/27/12)

Here are five recommended reads for today (1/27/12)

  1. According to Climate Progress, “Coal Does More Harm Than Good in Kentucky: $62 Million for Asthma Costs, $10 Billion for Lost Lives.”
  2. Energy Boom reports, “FirstEnergy Corp. shares rose nearly 2% in midday trading Thursday after the company said it will shut down six coal-fired power plants by September 1, 2012. Four of the plants are located in Ohio, while the other two closures will happen at facilities in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Collectively these plants have a total capacity of 2,689 MW. According to FirstEnergy Generation president James H. Lash, the cost of retrofitting these facilities to meet the new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) forced the company’s decision to shut down operations.”
  3. According to greentechmedia, “The new numbers from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) are impressive. U.S. cumulative installed capacity is at 46,919 megawatts, second only to China… 2011’s total of 6,810 megawatts installed was 31 percent higher than the 2010 total. Q4’s 3,444 megawatts beat 2010’s Q4 (3,296 megawatts). And there hasn’t been so much wind capacity under construction since the middle two quarters of 2008, just before the recession hit. “
  4. Think Progress Green reports: “TransCanada, the foreign tar sands company behind the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, is facing a potential inquiry into whether it deliberately deceived investors by inflating the job-creation potential of the project. Greenpeace has filed a complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over TransCanada’s ‘false or misleading statements about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project.’”
  5. According to Huffington Post Green, “President Barack Obama began laying out his “all-of-the-above” energy strategies in a campaign-styled stop in Las Vegas on Thursday, expanding on the energy blueprint he first described in his State of the Union address Tuesday night.”