Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (3/15/12)

Here are five recommended reads for today (3/15/12)

  1. National Journal reports, “Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said that Republicans who support the production tax credit for wind are not supporting efforts to extend it before year’s end because they want to use it as a bargaining chip to compel extension of the Bush-era tax cuts.”
  2. According to Bloomberg, “Brazil, which has a single utility- scale solar plant, will issue within two weeks a pair of regulations designed to promote the use of power generated from sunshine, the country’s electricity regulator Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica said.”
  3. David Roberts of Grist explains the “only solution to high [gasoline] prices.” Roberts quotes Sen. Jeff Bingaman, who says, “If we want to reduce our vulnerability to world oil prices and to volatility of world oil prices, the most important thing we can do is to find ways to use less oil.”
  4. Josh Israel of ThinkProgress Green reports, “Tuesday, the U.S. Senate voted 57-41 to kill a “drill-baby-drill” amendment by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) to the transportation bill. His amendment, which would have opened the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge(ANWR) to drilling, bypassed the administration to approve construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, opened practically the entire coast of the United States to drilling, and mandated other oil and gas exploration, fell 19 votes shy of the 60 required.”
  5. Per Energy Boom: “According to a new report, one energy retrofit may be more efficient than the rest…. In a study commissioned by the IWFA, and conducted by ConSol, the energy saving effect of installing window film was compared to several traditional energy saving techniques, such as updating HVAC systems, adding R-38 ceiling insulation, and air sealing and caulking.”