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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (10/31/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on October 31st, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (10/31/14).

  1. Bloomberg reports: “Brazil’s first national energy auction with a specific category for power generated from sunlight may spur as much as $1 billion in investment in solar power. Brazil’s Electric Energy Trading Board, known as CCEE, may buy as much as 2 gigawatts of renewable energy in the event today, and 500 megawatts must come from solar power, according to three analysts.”
  2. The New York Times reveals “blunt advice from the consultant, Richard Berman, the founder and chief executive of the Washington-based Berman & Company consulting firm…as Mr. Berman solicited up to $3 million from oil and gas industry executives to finance an advertising and public relations campaign called Big Green Radicals.”
  3. DeSmogBlog reports, “At least $83 billion USD in financing was provided to 65 coal mining and energy companies last year by 92 of the world’s leading commercial banks, according to a Dutch report published Wednesday.”
  4. According to Media Matters: “Fox News used a baseless, wildly inflated figure to blame the continued delay of the Keystone XL pipeline on spending by climate activist Tom Steyer, who has lobbied against the project. The network claimed that Steyer has spent $42.9 billion on the midterm elections — a number that is nearly 600 times larger than the amount Steyer has actually spent”
  5. The Washington Post reports, “Energy companies have escalated their giving to Brookings in recent years, and its Energy Security Initiative has built a team of experts made up in large part of individuals with oil and utility industry ties.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (10/30/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on October 30th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (10/30/14).

  1. Oil Change International discusses “How Public Accountability Is Slowing Tar Sands Development.”
  2. Climate Progress reports: “Florida residents rallied outside Duke Energy’s St. Petersburg office Wednesday, calling on the utility and Florida lawmakers to embrace solar energy. The rally was organized by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and drew an estimated 150 to 200 people — a number which, according to the Tampa Bay Times, made the protest one of the largest to date against Duke Energy and its failure to support solar power while charging its customers for new nuclear plants. “
  3. According to The Hill, “The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission granted ‘party status’ on Tuesday to 40 landowners and tribal members from Nebraska and South Dakota who have aligned themselves with Bold Nebraska, a nonprofit group aimed at defeating Keystone.”
  4. Greentech Media reports, “The wind industry is reaching the point where it no longer needs the production tax credit (PTC) to survive, according to David Malkin, director of government affairs and policy for GE Energy Management.”
  5. Katie Fehrenbacher of Gigaom asks, “What’s the deal with this virtually unknown battery startup, Alevo?”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (10/29/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on October 29th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (10/29/14).

  1. Grist reports, “Black lawmakers push back against coal utilities’ new trick.”
  2. DeSmogBlog explains: “Scientists had well understood for many decades that adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere could raise global temperatures and cause climate change. But when politicians finally took notice, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was formed, industry began a war with science itself.”
  3. The Union of Concerned Scientists writes: “The EPA Clean Power Plan: Virginia State Corporation Commission Gets it Wrong. Virginia Is on Track to Meet Its Goals.”
  4. According to Greentech Media, “the global market for utility-scale PV operations and maintenance will reach 237 cumulative gigawatts through 2018, close to triple the 89 gigawatts expected by the end of 2014.”
  5. Renewable Energy World reports, “Taking over an old cigarette factory in North Carolina, Alevo announces new battery technology and 3.5 million square feet of factory space to make its new GridBank batteries in.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (10/28/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on October 28th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (10/28/14).

  1. David Roberts of Grist asks “How can we get power to the poor without frying the planet?”
  2. Mother Jones reports: “…much of the oil that gushed from the busted Macondo wellhead 5,000 feet underwater never made it to the surface. Of the estimated 5 million barrels that spilled, approximately 2 million stayed trapped in the deep ocean. And up to 31 percent of that oil is now lying on the ocean floor, according to a new study.”
  3. RenewEconomy explains how Australia’s pro-fossil-fuels government “proposes to kill $20 billion renewables industry.”
  4. EcoWatch reports: “Renewable energy generation—primarily wind and solar power—provided more than 40 percent of the new energy capacity in the U.S. in the first three quarters of this year, according to the latest U.S. Federation Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) Energy Infrastructure Update. Oil, nuclear and especially coal provided little new capacity, with renewables outstripping them more than 35 times.”
  5. According to National Geographic, “The publication EI New Energy, in releasing its third annual compilation of the ‘Top 100 Green Utilities’ (PDF), said emissions-free sources accounted for 80 percent of the new energy generating capacity added by large utilities in 2013, a dramatic increase from 30 percent the year before.”
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Message to Washington’s “Very Serious People” Regarding Tom Steyer’s Climate, Clean Energy Efforts

Posted By Lowell F. on October 27th, 2014

Next time Washington’s VSPs (“Very Serious People”) say that Tom Steyer hasn’t successfully focused on climate change and energy, they should read this.

….even if Dems lose the Senate, there may be one bright spot: Liberals may have made a bit of headway in forcing climate change on to the national agenda.

In the Senate race that may have focused more than any other on climate change — in Michigan — the Democrat appears on track for a sizable win. And today’s New York Times has a great piece detailing the surprising degree to which the environment and climate have emerged as issues in multiple Senate campaigns

The mere act of injecting climate into the political dialogue — even if it doesn’t have much of an impact this year — is itself a step forward. And the issue could matter in the coming presidential race. For one thing, climate change is a priority for the constituencies that are increasingly important to the new coalition that fueled Obama’s popular vote win in the last two presidential elections — and among which Republicans will need to broaden their appeal. A recent Pew poll found that huge majorities of young voters, nonwhites, and college educated whites believe there is solid evidence of global warming.

Speaking of polling, this post lists a slew of polling indicating strong, majority support support among Americans for slashing carbon pollution from power plants, “even if it meant their energy expenses would rise.” Does this have anything to do with the fact that Tom Steyer’s group is spending enormous sums on climate ads, specifically in key presidential swing states like Colorado, Florida, Iowa, and Michigan?” Perhaps Steyer’s ads are also capitalizing on Americans’ support for a transition off of dirty, polluting energy? Either way, it’s great news, and Steyer deserves a serious round of applause, and a hearty “thank you!”, for his efforts.

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