Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (11/20/12)
Here are five recommended reads for today (11/20/12).
- According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration: “The average cost of shipping coal by railroad to power plants increased almost 50% in the United States from 2001 to 2010…Though they vary significantly, transportation costs accounted for 40% of the average overall cost of coal delivered at electric power plants in 2010.”
- The Los Angeles Times reports, “In California’s first auction of greenhouse gas pollution credits, companies paid just a few cents more than the minimum price per ton of carbon, generating almost $290 million from the sale held last week.”
- According to Greentechsolar, “a new report from GTM Research indicates that equipment vendors, material suppliers, component manufacturers and start-ups are pushing the needle on advanced technology concepts like never before, in a bid to further increase efficiencies and lower the cost curve of crystalline silicon (c-Si) PV technology.”
- The Guardian reports, “Reports of turmoil in a futuristic plan to generate 15% of Europe’s energy from Saharan solar power have been stoutly denied by the chief executive of the Desertec initiative, Paul van Son.”
- Reporting on Bill McKibben’s “Do the Math” tour, Forbes asks, “Is It Time To Divest From Exxon?”