Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (5/9/12)

Here are five recommended reads for today (5/9/12)

  1. According to ClimateProgress, on Monday, “the Silver State North Solar Project on the California border near Primm, Nevada began generating electricity. It is the first-ever solar project sited on public lands to be completed and produce power.”
  2. Bloomberg reports: “Solar power became the most-installed energy source in Europe last year for the first time as subsidies drove investment to records…Installations of photovoltaic panels in the region surged 63 percent to 21.9 gigawatts… Wind and gas plants connected in 2011 amounted to about 9.5 gigawatts each.”
  3. According to CleanTechnica: “Insurers, infrastructure funds and other financial investment entities are becoming active bidders in sales of European power assets, particularly electricity and gas distribution network companies but, also increasingly, existing or ‘just operational’ windpower projects…At a time of low interest rates and market investment uncertainty, such assets offer stable, long-term and predictable returns.”
  4. The Hill reports, “President Obama is urging Congress to extend tax breaks for wind power projects that are slated to expire at year’s end and expand stimulus-law tax incentives for manufacturing green energy components.”
  5. According to The Guardian, a “[c]onfidential memo seen by Guardian calls for climate change sceptics to turn American public against solar and wind power.”