Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (3/26/12)

Here are five recommended reads for today (3/26/12)

  1. According to “Montana voters have spoken, and they are overwhelmingly in favor of renewable energy…Over 75 percent of voters support expanding and extending the state’s renewable energy standard from a 15 percent renewable energy target by 2015 to a 25 percent renewable energy target by 2025.”
  2. CleanTechnica reports: “Indiana’s Ball State University last week dedicated the largest vertical closed-loop geothermal heating and cooling system in the United States. When fully complete, the project will allow the school to shut down its four aging coal-fired boilers, prevent 85,000 tons of annual carbon emissions (cutting the campus carbon footprint in half), and save $2 million in annual operating costs.”
  3. RenewEconomy has “a pair of graphs that demonstrate most vividly the merit order effect and the impact that solar is having on electricity prices in Germany; and why utilities there and elsewhere are desperate to try to rein in the growth of solar PV in Europe.”
  4. EnergyBoom reports, “A new law passed in Pennsylvania will allow doctors to access information about chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, but will restrict them from sharing that information with their patients.”
  5. InsideClimateNews points out: “Mining and using tar sands oil creates more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional oil. But that’s rarely mentioned anymore.”