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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (10/24/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on October 24th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (10/24/14).

  1. Climate Progress reports, “The leaders of several Pacific Northwest Native American tribes are asking Canadian regulators not to approve a huge expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline, saying approval would result in a huge increase of oil tankers coming through tribal waters every day, increasing the risk of a devastating spill.”
  2. The Washington Post writes: “Examining the spread of solar photovoltaic residential installations in Connecticut, two researchers at Yale and the University of Connecticut found instead that the single most important factor driving whether a given house installed solar was peer influence — whether other houses nearby had recently done so. In other words, much like with buying a Prius, it looks like installing solar has a lot to do with how you want people around you to think of you.”
  3. The Guardian reports: “European leaders have struck a broad climate change pact obliging the EU as a whole to cut greenhouse gases by at least 40% by 2030. But key aspects of the deal that will form a bargaining position for global climate talks in Paris next year were left vague or voluntary, raising questions as to how the aims would be realised.”
  4. Stephen Lacey of Greentech Media asks, “How Groundbreaking Is DOE’s New $53M Solar Investment?”
  5. The Wall Street Journal reports, Warren Buffett “Doubles Down on Renewables in Energy Strategy

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (10/23/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on October 23rd, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (10/23/14).

  1. The New York Times reports: “Under an arrangement announced Wednesday, employees of the companies — Cisco Systems,3MKimberly-Clark and National Geographic — will be able to buy or lease solar systems for their homes at rates substantially lower than the national average, executives said. The program, offered through Geostellar, an online marketer of solar systems, will be available to more than 100,000 employees and will include options for their friends and families in the United States and parts of Canada.”
  2. Greentech Media asks, “What can the U.S. learn from Germany’s remarkable energy transformation?”
  3. Climate Progress reports, “The price of utility-scale solar power is 59 percent below where analysts thought it would be at this point back in 2010.”
  4. According to DeSmogBlog: “Geoff Morrell, the senior vice president of communications at BP, wants the whole country to know that the company’s negligence that led to the Deepwater Horizon oil geyser has not destroyed the Gulf of Mexico. And all of those fears about lost revenue and declining tourism along the Gulf Coast? That never happened, according to Morrell. Politico allowed the BP executive to use its platform to spread some of the most egregious and misleading information about the health of the Gulf of Mexico that we’ve seen to date.”
  5. Reuters reports: “For years, the utilities responsible for providing electricity to the nation have treated residential solar systems as a threat. Now, they want a piece of the action, and they are having to fight for the chance.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (10/22/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on October 22nd, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (10/22/14).

  1. NRDC President Frances Beinecke explains the “path forward” for “America to set a national goal to stamp out our carbon footprint—to become carbon neutral—in our lifetime.”
  2. The Washington Post writes that “scientists and regulators have been developing a clearer understanding of the environmental consequences” of mountaintop removal coal mining, and “They aren’t pretty.”
  3. The Economic Times reports, “Installed wind power capacity could swell by 530 percent to 2,000 gigawatts (GW) by 2030, supplying up to 19 percent of global electricity, a report from a trade association and Greenpeace said on Tuesday. ”
  4. Tam Hunt of Greentech Media has the third in a series on the future of energy.  Hunt writes: “We may as well call the point at which solar power reaches grid parity in a majority of jurisdictions around the world the ’solar singularity.’ When this moment is reached, solar power will take off and become the dominant power source relatively quickly.”
  5. Climate Progress reports, “A team of U.S. and French scientists say they have developed a new tool that can specifically tell when environmental contamination comes from waste produced by hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (10/21/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on October 21st, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (10/21/14).

  1. Bloomberg reports, “Acquisitions in the solar industry will take off as manufacturers and developers prepare for the expiration of a tax credit that’s helping drive a U.S. installation boom.”
  2. Brentin Mock of Grist argues, “Clean energy advocates need to speak up if they want black lawmakers to hear them.”
  3. Bloomberg reports, “TransCanada Corp. (TRP) will have to spend $1 billion more than planned on an oil pipeline to Canada’s Atlantic Coast if natural gas customers get their way, a move it says would threaten the viability of the project.”
  4. According to Gigaom: “The solar industry is no longer dominated by the solar module price crash. Now it’s looking to innovations in energy storage and soft costs, including financing.”
  5. Climate Progress reports, “Pipeline workers discovered a 4,000-barrel crude oil spill in Louisiana last week, and say that mopping up the spill will likely keep cleanup crews and regulatory agencies in the sparsely-populated area for months.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (10/17/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on October 17th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (10/17/14).

  1. The Guardian reports: “Political inertia, financial short-termism and vested fossil fuel interests have formed a ‘toxic triangle’ that threatens to push up global temperatures, putting 400 million people at risk of hunger and drought by 2060, Oxfam said on Friday, a week before a European Union summit to finalise a new climate and energy policy framework.”
  2. According to Grist: The Energy East pipeline “will be 2,858-miles long, putting it right up there with some of the longest pipelines in the world. It would pump about a third more crude than Keystone XL was intended to. It’ll be bigger than the Druzhba pipeline, which carries oil 2,500 miles from Southeast Russia to the rest of Europe.”
  3. RenewEconomy reports, “The NSW government will have to write down the value of its electricity networks by nearly half if the soon-to-be privatized poles and wires business is to compete with rooftop solar and other distributed technologies such as battery storage.”
  4. DeSmogBlog “has obtained a copy of a sample hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) lease distributed to Ohio landowners by embattled former CEO and founder of Chesapeake EnergyAubrey McClendon, now CEO of American Energy Partners.”
  5. A resident of the Marshall Islands writes in The Guardian, “We won’t stand by while coal companies destroy our Marshall Islands homes.”
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