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

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

  1. The New York Times reports, “In recent weeks, college students on dozens of campuses have demanded that university endowment funds rid themselves of coaloil and gas stocks. The students see it as a tactic that could force climate change, barely discussed in the presidential campaign, back onto the national political agenda.”
  2. According to Reuters, “Deepwater Wind is racing to build the first U.S. offshore wind farm off Rhode Island and hopes to parlay that into a string of East Coast farms, the company’s chief executive told Reuters.”
  3. The Guardian reports, “The largest solar power plant in Africa will be built in Ghana, the British company behind the plan said on Tuesday….Blue Energy, the renewable energy developer behind the $400m project, which has built a solar farm 31 times smaller outside Swindon, said the 155MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant will be fully operational by October 2015″
  4. John Farrell at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website predicts that, “within a decade, 300,000 MW of unsubsidized solar power will be at parity with retail electricity prices in most of the United States and more than 35 million buildings may be generating their own solar electricity sufficient to power almost 10% of the country.”
  5. Rewire reports, “According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), renewable energy projects — including solar, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal and biomass — made up almost half of all new power generation installations in the U.S. in the first 10 months of 2012.”