Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (11/20/12)

Here are five recommended reads for today (11/20/12).

  1. 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.”
  2. 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.”
  3. 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.”
  4. 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.”
  5. Reporting on Bill McKibben’s “Do the Math” tour, Forbes asks, “Is It Time To Divest From Exxon?”