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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (4/17/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on April 17th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (4/17/15).

  1. Bloomberg reports: “[SolarCity CEO Lyndon] Rive, 38, says the experiment in Hawaii [on how much solar power the grid can handle] was a step forward for him and his brother Peter, 41, and their famous cousin, Elon Musk, who helped found SolarCity in 2006. The trio is on a quest to reduce the world’s dependence on fossil fuels—Musk with his Tesla electric cars, the Rive brothers by replacing coal- and natural gas-generated electric power with solar.”
  2. The Guardian writes, “Contrary to industry claims, coal power would fail to deliver electricity to those suffering from energy poverty and would actively degrade their lives, says Gore and global investment manager David Blood.”
  3. The New York Times reports: “A panel of federal judges appeared inclined on Thursday to dismiss the first legal challenge to President Obama’s most far-reaching regulation to slow climate change. But in the arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, lawyers for the nation’s two largest coal companies, more than two dozen states and the Environmental Protection Agency offered a preview of what is expected to be a protracted battle over a regulation Mr. Obama hopes to leave as his signature environmental achievement.”
  4. According to Reuters, “Solar panel maker SunPower Corp said it would partner with Apple Inc to build two solar power projects in China’s Sichuan province with total capacity of 40 megawatts.”
  5. InsideClimate News reports, “A conservative think tank connected to the political network overseen by Charles and David Koch is publishing a series of misleading reports attacking the Obama administration’s plan to reduce carbon emissions from power plants, according to advocates of clean energy.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (4/16/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on April 16th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (4/16/15).

  1. Climate Progress reports, “Catholic officials announced on Tuesday plans for a landmark climate change-themed conference to be hosted at the Vatican later this month, the latest in Pope Francis’ faith-rooted campaign to raise awareness about global warming.”
  2. Treehugger has “striking chart [that] shows why solar power will take over the world.”
  3. Greentech Media presents a “Solar Summit Slide Show” on “The Evolution of Solar.”
  4. According to InsideClimate News, “The environmental case being argued on Thursday in a federal appeals court in Washington is equal parts legal freak show and serious legal business.”
  5. The Center for American Progress writes that the Clean Power Plan is a “critical step toward decarbonizing America’s energy system.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (4/15/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on April 15th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (4/15/15).

  1. Bloomberg reports: “The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined. And there’s no going back.”
  2. According to Mother Jones, “Coal Is Dying and It’s Never Coming Back.”
  3. The Guardian reports, “Poor countries are feeling ‘the boot of climate change on their neck’, the president of the World Bank has said, as he called for a carbon tax and the immediate scrapping of subsidies for fossil fuels to hold back global warming.”
  4. According to Midwest Energy News, “While an Ohio energy study committee is tasked by law to look broadly at both the costs and benefits of the state’s clean energy standards, advocates say most of the group’s focus so far has been on factors against them.”
  5. The Chicago Tribune reports, “Germany proves life on less fossil fuel easier than thought.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (4/14/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on April 14th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (4/14/15).

  1. The Checks and Balances Project reports, “Nevada’s Surging Rooftop Solar Growth Threatened by Warren Buffett’s Investments in Nevada Utility.”
  2. According to Gallup, “About half of Americans (49%) say that protection of environment should be given priority, even at the risk of limiting the amount of energy supplies, virtually unchanged from their sentiment last year.”
  3. Aliya Haq writes at NRDC’s Switchboard blog: “Attacks on the Clean Power Plan have already failed in several state legislatures, including Mississippi, South Dakota, and Virginia, while governors in key states are gearing up to make their state’s electricity cleaner. This is all despite the strident opposition from the coal industry’s allies, including the climate-denying American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). And to date, no governor has embraced Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s “just say no” call to inaction last month.”
  4. According to The Energy Collective, “The cost of battery packs for electric vehicles has fallen more rapidly than projected, with market leading firms in 2014 producing batteries at ~$300 per kilowatt-hour of storage capacity, on par with market projections for 2020.”
  5. Bloomberg reports, “Political deadlock over Australia’s clean energy future is prompting companies such as Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Acciona SA to increasingly turn to rival markets for growth.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (4/13/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on April 13th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (4/13/15).

  1. The Guardian reports, “China’s coal imports fell by nearly half in the first three months of the year as the slowing economy and tougher rules on pollution took their toll.”
  2. According to RenewEconomy, in Austrlia, “The Golden Age of gas – which would usher in the transition from high polluting fossil fuels to clean renewables – is over. Probably before it even started.”
  3. The Denver Post reports, “Colorado’s big coal-burning utilities take a turn to renewable energy.”
  4. According to The Economist, “even if the tax credit is cut, as expected, solar electricity could displace 9.7% of American retail electricity sales by 2019, reckons Bernstein, a research firm—over 30 times the share today.”
  5. NPR reports on “How Solar Power Has Gotten So Cheap, So Fast.”
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