Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (1/2/13)

Here are five recommended reads for today (1/2/13).

  1. GigaOm reports: “Congress approved a fiscal cliff deal on Tuesday and in it included an extension of the wind energy tax credits for wind projects built in 2013. The wind energy industry is breathing a sigh of relief and says 37,000 jobs will be saved.”
  2. Renewable Energy World has its solar energy outlook for 2013, which asks, “Will 2013 Shape Up to Be a Watershed Year?”
  3. The New York Times reports, “An enormous Shell Oil offshore drilling rig ran aground on an island in the Gulf of Alaska on Monday night after it broke free from tow ships in rough seas, officials said.”  For video, see here.
  4. According to CleanTechnica: “The government of China has announced a major overhaul of its solar panel industry. It will be actively encouraging mergers among producers of solar panels, reducing government support, and “blocking” local leaders from ‘supporting domestic producers.’ And there has even been some talk that some producers will be allowed to go bankrupt.”
  5. BloombergBusinessweek reports, “Vestas Wind Systems A/S (VWS), the biggest wind-turbine maker, led gains among European peers as the U.S. Congress approved a law extending a tax credit for the industry.”