Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (3/6/12)

Here are five recommended reads for today (3/6/12)

  1. Energy Boom reports: “The North American wind industry is about to enter a renaissance period, according to a new report published by Pike Research. After struggling through a difficult few years, including an exceptionally trying 2011, Pike estimates that wind installations will more than double over the next six years.  By 2017, the cleantech intelligence firm forecasts North America will have 125 GW of installed capacity, the vast majority (more than 97%) of which will be onshore wind farms.”
  2. According to Business Week, “Google (GOOG) is stepping up wind-power purchases to reduce emissions, even as it devotes most of its renewable energy investments to sun-related projects, a trade-off aimed at reining in costs as the company seeks higher returns.”
  3. Climate Progress recommends what it calls a “Must-See Video on the True Cost of Tar Sands,” in which “photographer Garth Lenz shares shocking photos of the Alberta Tar Sands mining project — and the beautiful (and vital) ecosystems under threat.”
  4. Stephen Lacey writes at Renewable Energy World that, “Upon examining electricity rate data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration spanning the decade from 2000-2010, a Center for American Progress analysis found zero statistically-significant difference in how renewable electricity standards affect changes in rates.”
  5. Per North American Wind Power: “San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) reports that 20.8% of the electricity delivered to its retail customers in 2011 was provided by renewable energy sources, including wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydropower.”