Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (2/12/13)

Here are five recommended reads for today (2/12/13).

  1. Greentechsolar reports, “The residential solar financing market is forecasted to rise from $1.3 billion in 2012 to $5.7 billion in 2016.”
  2. According to Bloomberg, “Development costs for solar and wind farms and other types of renewable-energy plants will increase to $327 billion in 2018 from about $200 billion last year, according to a report posted on Pew’s website today.”
  3. CleanTechnica reports, “the world’s cumulative solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity capacity surpassed 100 gigawatts (GW) in 2012, achieving just over 101 GW…according to new market figures from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA).”
  4. According to the European Wind Energy Association, the organization’s annual event sounded “notes of caution and optimism” for wind energy.
  5. The New York Times reports, “In another blow to its Alaskan Arctic drilling program,Royal Dutch Shell said on Monday that it had decided to tow its two drill vessels there to Asian ports for major repairs, jeopardizing its plans to begin drilling for oil in the icy northern seas next summer.”