Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (5/24/12)

Here are five recommended reads for today (5/24/12)

  1. Stephen Lacey of ClimateProgress writes, “In a major sign of confidence during a period of “rolling uncertainty” in the global renewable energy market, Goldman Sachs says it will invest $40 billion in the sector over the next decade.”
  2. The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) reports, “A new study, published by the Bavarian Environment Agency in Germany, has found that wind turbines do not generate infrasound at a level that would damage human health, backing-up previous studies with similar conclusions.”
  3. According to the New York Times Green blog, there are “tremors of anxiety over Arctic drilling” among “Inupiat Eskimos who live closest to the drilling on the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, who are the most likely to benefit economically, are also most likely to suffer if there is an oil spill.”
  4. The Washington Post reports: President Obama “will hold a grass-roots campaign event at the fairgrounds Thursday evening. Earlier in the day, Obama will be seeking support for an election-year agenda to encourage renewable energy along with a more immediate prize: the state’s up-for-grabs voters.”
  5. Per CleanTechnica: “Adding more wind power to the electric grid could reduce wholesale market prices by more than 25 percent in the Midwest region by 2020 according to a new analysis conducted by Synapse Energy Economics on behalf of Americans for a Clean Energy Grid.  The report found that wind power could drive down the wholesale price of power by $3 – $10 per megawatt hour (MWh) in the near term and up to nearly $50 per MWh by 2030. Those savings would be passed along to consumers through lowering retail electricity prices by $65-$200 each year.“