Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (6/05/12)
Here are five recommended reads for today (6/05/12)
- Technology Review asks, “Can Fracking Be Cleaned Up?” The answer: “The International Energy Agency says yes, but it will take tougher regulations that force producers to apply the latest technologies.”
- According to Renewable Energy World, the “looming deadline” for an extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind power in the United States is a “Major Focus at Windpower 2012,” being held this week in Atlanta.
- EnergyBoom reports, “Konarka Technologies, a developer of thin-film solar panels, has filed for bankruptcy and will begin to liquidate its assets immediately…in 2003, shortly after he was elected Governor of Massachusetts, [Mitt] Romney doled out a $1.5 million clean energy subsidy for Konarka.”
- According to CleanTechies, “Economics, politics, grid constraints, and a fair amount of luck have set in motion an awkward relationship between the natural gas and cleantech industries that could be characterized as “frenemies with benefits.””
- Reuters reports, “Solar power firms are betting that the nuclear crisis in Japan will become a game-changer for renewable energy in the world’s third largest economy, with new foreign entrants such as Canadian Solar looking to go toe-to-toe there with some of the biggest utilities in Asia.”