Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (8/13/14)

Here are five recommended reads for today (8/13/14).

  1. Climate Progress reports: “To hear its critics tell it, Germany’s ambitious push to switch over to renewable energy has delivered an electrical grid that’s capricious, unreliable, and prone to blackouts. But according to data highlighted by ECO Report last week, the reality on the ground couldn’t be further from that caricature.”
  2. According to Media Matters: “The media heralded a report in early 2014, which claimed that building the controversial Keystone XL pipeline would not have a significant impact on climate change. Since then, multiple studies have found that same report to be flawed, but most mainstream media outlets have refused to give these studies coverage.”
  3. Gigaom reports that “advanced, more efficient power electronics can reduce the energy used by the battery by 20 percent, which means the cars can use a smaller battery, and reduce overall cost of building a car by 8 percent, which would be $6,000 off the cost of the [Tesla] Model S.”
  4. Michael Levi of the Council on Foreign Relations writes that “Fossil fuel subsidies are an economic, environmental, and security scourge,” but that there are “[t]wo thought-provoking new studies suggest ways forward” in reform[ing] and reduc[ing] them.”
  5. Greentech Media reports, “In California, where rooftop solar PV, distributed energy storage and energy-engaged consumers are becoming an increasingly important part of the grid mix, state regulators and utilities are starting to think about how these grid-edge systems will work together for the benefit of the grid, the environment and ratepayers alike.”