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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (1/23/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on January 23rd, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (1/23/15).

  1. Renews reports, “The US will next week auction development rights to the 5GW Massachusetts offshore wind lease area in what will be the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s fourth and largest sale to date.”
  2. According to PV Magazine: “U.S. CIGS manufacturing aspirant Siva Power has picked up a cooperative award from SunShot to continue to develop its technology. Siva has set the bold goal of manufacturing its thin film modules in the U.S. with a cost of US$0.40/W in its first year of operations and $0.28/W two years after that.”
  3. Climate Progress reports, “Almost 3 million gallons of saltwater drilling waste spilled from a North Dakota pipeline earlier this month, a spill that’s now being called the state’s largest since the North Dakota oil boom began.”
  4. Greentech Media presents the “most important charts from the Q4 2014 Solar Executive Briefing covering pricing, installations, financing, policy and business models.”
  5. DeSmogBlog reports, “Fracking Boom Expands Near Chaco Canyon, Threatens Navajo Ancestral Lands and People.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (1/21/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on January 21st, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (1/21/15).

  1. Climate Progress reports, “Nebraska landowners have launched two separate lawsuits that, if successful, could serve to delay or even stop the construction of the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.”
  2. Stephen Lacey of Greentech Media reviews President Obama’s State of the Union speech last night, stating that  he “avoided specifics…and instead celebrated positive domestic changes in fossil fuels and renewable electricity.”
  3. Climate Progress reports, “The estimated 50,000 gallons of crude oil that spilled from a pipeline into Montana’s Yellowstone River Saturday has forced truckloads of water to be shipped in to one Montana city, after traces of the oil were found in the city’s water supplies.”
  4. According to RenewEconomy, “The US developer of liquid metal batteries – a potentially cheap alternative to the current technologies being deployed in energy markets – says that Australia could become a leading manufacturing base for battery storage.”
  5. Greentech Media reports, “America Installed 22 Times More Solar in 2014 Than in 2008.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (1/20/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on January 20th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (1/20/15).

  1. Greentech Media reports, “Japan’s energy storage market looks set for a boost in 2015 thanks to a planned cash injection of 81 billion yen ($700 million).”
  2. Katie Fehrenbacher of GigaOm discusses “Where the clean energy money flowed last year.”
  3. RenewEconomy reports: “An ambitious project to “do the impossible” – and fly a plane around the world without a single drop of fuel will begin in late February. The flight route for the Solar Impulse 2 was unveiled today in Abu Dhabi, where the circumnavigation will begin in just over a month, and all going well, finish at the same place in June or July.”
  4. At Renewable Energy World, Tor “Solar Fred” Valenza argues, “Instead of throwing more money at digital ads that convert a fraction of viewers, solar marketers need to spend more time and effort on solar economics education and inspiring more Trust Agents in the form of customer referrals.”
  5. Bloomberg reports, “Flaws found in some Chinese solar panels can drastically eat into their efficiency, reducing how much power the panels will produce as the country races to meet aggressive goals to hold the line on fossil fuel emissions.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (1/19/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on January 19th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (1/19/15).

  1. The Economist makes the case that “[r]enewables are no longer a fad but a fact of life, supercharged by advances in power storage.”
  2. According to Greentech Media: “Falling oil prices will have an extremely limited impact on wholesale or retail electricity prices, which are the core economic drivers for the future of solar. And yet, the situation has been terrible for publicly traded solar companies. Over the last six months, SunEdison’s stock is down almost 20 percent, SolarCity is down 30 percent, and SunPower is down almost 40 percent. This is in spite of the fact that the fundamentals of the industry continue to improve, as most analysts have made clear.”
  3. The New York Times reports on “Green-Energy Inspiration Off the Coast of Denmark.”
  4. RenewEconomy has “new graphs [that shed] some new light on the falling costs of solar technology – both at utility-scale and on rooftops, and show how much further they may fall in coming years.”
  5. Greentech Media explains “How the US Solar-Storage Market Reaches $1B in 3 Years.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (1/16/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on January 16th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (1/16/15).

  1. The Washington Post reports: “At the rate things are going, the Earth in the coming decades could cease to be a ’safe operating space’ for human beings. That is the conclusion of a new paper published Thursday in the journal Science by 18 researchers trying to gauge the breaking points in the natural world.”
  2. According to Carbon Brief, “UK coal use is likely to soon fall back to levels last seen during the industrial revolution, Carbon Brief analysis of official figures suggests.”
  3. Bloomberg reports, “Dubai’s government-owned utility plans to double the size of a solar power project that it expects will produce some of the world’s cheapest electricity.”
  4. According to Greentech Media, “Solar Is Adding Jobs 20 Times Faster Than the Broader Economy, but ‘All Bets Are Off’ in 2017.”
  5. Reuters reports, “Pope Francis said on Thursday he believed that man was primarily responsible for climate change and that he hoped this year’s Paris conference would take a courageous stand to protect the environment.”
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