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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (2/29/12)

Posted By Lowell F. on February 29th, 2012

Here are five recommended reads for today (2/29/12)

  1. According to The Guardian, “The average windfarm produces 20-25 times more energy during its operational life than was used to construct and install its turbines.”
  2. The New York Times reports, “[New York] City officials say they are ready to take advantage of their coastal proximity to seek bigger renewable-energy projects and quicken the pace toward cleaner air and the jobs and economic benefits that would accompany those projects.”
  3. Stephen Lacey writes at Climate Progress, “AEI Economist Zycher Makes Head-Exploding Claims About Cost of Renewables.”
  4. Bloomberg reports, “Britain’s policies encouraging renewable-energy use will prevent the country from suffering an electricity crisis leading to blackouts toward the end of the decade…”
  5. The Charleston Gazette’s Coal Tattoo blog asks, “why should someone face more serious punishment if they use the WVU logo without permission (see here and here) than if they kill a coal miners?” (“That’s right, WVU trademark violators? Up to 10 years in jail and a $100,000 fine. Mine safety criminals? Up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.”)
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (2/28/12)

Posted By Lowell F. on February 28th, 2012

Here are five recommended reads for today (2/28/12)

  1. Renewable Energy World writes, “ While 2011 figures have yet to come in, we know that the global small wind turbine market grew from 105.9 MW in 2006 to 275.8 MW in 2010,” with predictions of “even higher growth in the coming years, spurred by increasing incentives announced by various governments and by growing end user awareness.”
  2. Eric Wesoff of greentechsolar reports that solar firms are “Setting New Records in Efficiency and Performance.”
  3. InsideClimate News has “A Primer on the U.S. Clean Energy Economy: What It Is, Why It Matters.”
  4. Grist reports, “Alaska’s been coasting on its stores of easy-access oil, but a new report from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that the state has a motherlode of shale oil and natural gas. You know what means — here come the frackers.”
  5. NRDC argues that splitting up the Keystone XL tar sands project “means double the trouble.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (2/27/12)

Posted By Lowell F. on February 27th, 2012

Here are five recommended reads for today (2/27/12)

  1. The Guardian reports: “Public subsidies for the development of wind power in the UK are dwarfed by the tax breaks enjoyed by fossil fuels, a new Guardian analysis has revealed. Financial support for fledgling renewable energy industries has increasingly come under attack in recent months, but the new data shows that the older industries benefit to a far greater extent.”
  2. Bill McKibben argues at The Huffington Post: “even if, as NASA’s James Hansen has said, burning the planet’s unconventional fuels like tarsands would mean it was ‘game over the for the climate,’ stopping that burning won’t be enough. We also have to address the most obvious, conventional forms of energy — coal, especially. It was the first kind of fossil fuel we learned to burn, 300 years ago. And we’ve got to kick the habit.”
  3. According to Climate Progress, “A new report by Stratus Consulting and commissioned by The Wilderness Society released Friday morning shows that 23 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions come from oil, gas, and coal extracted from federal lands and waters.”
  4. Energy Boom reports: “LEGO Group has taken a giant step towards meeting its renewable energy goals after parent company KIRKBI A/S said it will invest in an offshore development. The Denmark-based investment firm, which owns 75% of LEGO, will join fellow Danish companies DONG Energy and the Oticon Foundation as an owner of a 77 turbine offshore wind power development off the coast of Germany. KIRKBI’s $534 million investment is the largest of its kind made by a Danish company for renewable energy.
  5. According to Business Week, “The BP Plc trial over liability for the explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill that followed was delayed until March 5 as settlement negotiations continue…”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (2/24/12)

Posted By Lowell F. on February 24th, 2012

Here are five recommended reads for today (2/24/12)

  1. The Boston Globe reports, “A dozen US Senators, including John Kerry and Scott Brown, are urging government officials to reauthorize a production tax credit for wind energy projects that is set to expire at the end of the year.”
  2. According to Energy Boom, “BP Wind Energy, a subsidiary of British energy giant BP plc, has brought its latest wind farm online in Texas. Located on 20,000 acres east of Fort Stockton, the Sherbino 2 Wind Farm is comprised of 60 Clipper Windpower turbines that combine to add 150 MW of renewable energy capacity to BP’s growing U.S. wind energy portfolio.“
  3. Climate Progress reports, “Construction of the largest ground-source geothermal heating and cooling system in the United States is now underway and half complete. The project, located on the Muncie, Indiana campus of Ball State University, will be large enough to heat and cool 47 buildings, replace four coal-fired boilers, and save the campus roughly $2 million a year over the 30-year life of the system.”
  4. Bloomberg reviews the “economic fallout” of the BP oil spill, two years later. Among other repercussions: “They destroyed the quality of the oysters, and they destroyed the market for Louisiana oysters.”
  5. According to Reuters, “Brent crude rose for a fourth day, hitting a fresh nine-month high and a record in euro terms on Thursday, creating renewed concerns for cash-strapped Europe on heightened tensions between Iran and the West.“
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (2/23/12)

Posted By Lowell F. on February 23rd, 2012

Here are five recommended reads for today (2/23/12)

  1. CleanTechnica reports, “As New Jersey debates continued participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a new report says the state risks hundreds of millions in future revenue, thousands of jobs, higher utility rates for consumers, and cleaner air.
  2. Dan Bakal of Ceres writes: “When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Mercury and Air Toxics Rule (MATS) in December, a handful of utility companies that rely heavily on coal-fired power plants claimed the rule would lead to power plant retirements.  Yesterday’s publication of the final rule in the Federal Register has set off a new round of criticism as the clock starts ticking on any last-minute legal or legislative actions to undermine the rule.”
  3. According to CNN, “Tensions with Iran are adding at least 30 cents to a gallon of gasoline in the United States, and experts say gas prices have only just begun to rise.”
  4. Renewable Energy World reports, “Prices for crystalline-silicon (c-Si) solar photovoltaic (PV) modules fell below the $1/W mark in January 2012, and in some cases well below even that, marking the first time that global average prices have fallen below this milestone, according to IMS Research.”
  5. Climate Progress has an infographic entitled, “The Solyndra Witch-Hunt One Year Later.” Among other conclusions: “after 187,000 documents, 10 hearings, and multiple independent media investigations concluding there was no evidence of political “pressure” to approve the loan guarantee.“
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