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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (4/23/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on April 23rd, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (4/23/14).

  1. DeSmogBlog reports, “A jury in Dallas, TX today awarded $2.925 million to plaintiffs Bob and Lisa Parr, who sued Barnett shale fracking company Aruba Petroleum Inc. for intentionally causing a nuisance on the Parr’s property which impacted their health and ruined their drinking water.”
  2. According to Climate Progress, “A 43-acre solar farm is now generating power at a Superfund site in Indiana, making it the nation’s largest solar farm built on a Superfund site.”
  3. The Guardian reports: “The UK government has agreed deals to financially support eight major new renewable energy projects that will power millions of homes….The projects will create 8,500 jobs and add 4.5GW of electricity capacity to the national grid, around 4% of the UK’s generating capacity, or enough to power more than 3 million homes.”
  4. According to Renewable Energy World: ”The global geothermal industry had a boom year in 2013, bringing the most capacity online since 1997. The market saw 530 megawatts (MW) commissioned, which brought total global capacity to just over 12,000 MW, holding a steady 4 to 5 percent growth rate.”
  5. Mother Jones reports: “Taxpayers currently subsidize the oil industry by as much as $4.8 billion a year, with about half of that going to the big five oil companies—ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, BP, and ConocoPhillips—which get an average tax break of $3.34 on every barrel of domestic crude they produce. With Washington looking under the couch cushions for sources of new revenue, oil prices topping $100 a barrel, and the world feeling the heat from its dependence on fossil fuels, there’s been a renewed push to close these decades-old loopholes. But history suggests that Big Oil won’t let go of its perks without a brawl.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (4/22/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on April 22nd, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (4/22/14).

  1. The Telegraph reports: “Britain must learn to ‘embrace’ onshore wind farms because they can ‘make a difference’ and produce significant amounts of energy, Ed Miliband has said. In a clear dividing line with the Consevatives, Mr Miliband said suggested that a commitment onshore wind farms are likely to form part of Labour’s manifesto for the next election.”
  2. According to Greentech Media: ”California is achieving its solar goals. But will the state need a shift in policy to keep doing more?”
  3. Politico reports, “Horses, Daryl Hannah, sacred fires and Neil Young — these are some of the things you’re likely to see on the National Mall starting Tuesday as part of the latest protest against the Keystone XL pipeline.”
  4. According to Renewable Energy World, “China, the world’s biggest investor in renewable energy, reiterated plans to boost construction of solar and wind power plants along with projects to transmit electricity from the clean sources.”
  5. Triple Pundit reports, “U.S. Wind Energy Could Double, But It’s Deja-vu All Over Again in Congress.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (4/21/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on April 21st, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (4/21/14).

  1. DeSmogBlog reports, “four years since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded…the oil that continues to wash up along the Gulf Coast is a constant reminder to those who call this area home of BP’s toxic legacy.”
  2. According to Vox: “Greenpeace has just put out an optimistic new report suggesting that China’s decade-long coal boom might soon come to a close, due to slowing economic growth and new crackdowns on air pollution…If China’s coal boom really is waning — and that’s still a big ‘if’ — it would be a huge deal for climate change.”
  3. The Hill reports, “The Obama administration on Friday extended its review period for the Keystone XL pipeline, potentially delaying a decision on the project until after the midterm elections.”
  4. At Renewable Energy World, Tor “Solar Fred” Valenza has “10 Charts that Reveal the Potential ROI for Solar Blogging.”
  5. According to Al Jazeera: “Thailand, known for its plentiful sunshine, has spent years developing its solar energy industry…The sector has become so successful that countries across Asia are now looking to replicate it.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (4/18/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on April 18th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (4/18/14).

  1. The White House releases a fact sheet, “Building on Progress – Supporting Solar Deployment and Jobs,” as part of its “Solar Summit to honor cross-sector leadership on solar and announce new steps to expand the use of solar in our homes, businesses, and schools.”
  2. According to Politico, “[Tom] Steyer, the hedge-fund-trader-turned-anti-Keystone-activist, pledged Thursday to leverage his largely self-funded super PAC to support members of Congress who come under attack for their opposition to the proposed Canada-to-Texas pipeline.”
  3. Scott Sklar of the Stella Group writes at Renewable Energy World about “Utility Nightmares: Distributed Generation and Halving Electricity Consumption.”
  4. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance: “Ukraine is seeking U.S. investment in its biomass, wind and solar power industries. The idea is to use renewable energy to curb its reliance on fuel imports from Russia, which annexed Ukraine’s Crimea region last month and has troops massed on the border.”
  5. The National Journal reports, “The Fracking Industry Faces Its Climate Demon: To preserve its climate credentials, the natural-gas industry has to tame a tricky menace: methane.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (4/17/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on April 17th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (4/17/14).

  1. Reuters reports, “The U.S. Energy Department on Wednesday unveiled a plan for up to $4 billion in loan aid for renewable energy companies to help rejuvenate a program that faced harsh political attacks over past failures of federally subsidized projects.”
  2. According to DeSmogBlog, “After Over a Decade of Fracking, Oversight of Industry’s Radioactive Waste Still Lacking.”
  3. The Calgary Herald reports, “Ten Nobel Peace Prize winners from as far afield as Yemen, South Africa and Argentina have signed a letter asking U.S. President Barack Obama to deny a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline that would transport oilsands bitumen to Texas Gulf Coast refineries.”
  4. Todd Woody explains at The Atlantic “Why Your Neighbors Will Finance Solar Panels for Your Roof.”
  5. The New York Times reports, “The cleanup efforts on the Gulf Coast in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have entered a new phase, with the oil company BP announcing that it is ending its ‘active cleanup’ of Louisiana’s coast almost four years after the disaster.”
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