Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (3/9/12)

Here are five recommended reads for today (3/9/12)

  1. Grist writes, “The Senate today voted down legislation that would have paved the way for the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline… Rest assured, however, that we haven’t seen the last of this undead monster.”
  2. Treehugger reports: “With more than 10,300 MW of installed wind energy, Texas leads the nation in wind power, and there are more than 800 MW of wind under construction. Current efforts to overhaul the state’s transmission lines should ensure even more. Meanwhile coal power has become increasingly unprofitable here.”
  3. According to Bloomberg, “Germany will probably install a record amount of solar panels this year even as the world’s biggest market for the industry plans to cut subsidies… Germany added 7.5 gigawatts last year, double the government’s target. More will be installed this year as module prices drop to levels ensuring favorable returns even with lower subsidies.”
  4. Greentechsolar reports, “SolarTech is partnered with Nova Workforce Development in a program that trains people for greentech job positions that companies actually want to fill.”
  5. Forbes Green Tech asks whether “Green North Africa” is a “Certainty” or not. The answer, in part, is that “ to get there, developers first have to deal challenges like insufficient grid capacity and connectivity on both sides of the Mediterranean – a task made all the more difficult by economic shortfalls and an unclear political picture in capitals like Tunis and Tripoli.”