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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (9/12/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on September 12th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (9/12/14).

  1. The Harvard Crimson reports, “Members of Harvard Faculty for Divestment called once again for an open and public forum with members of the Harvard Corporation and the Harvard Management Company in a letter to Senior Fellow William F. Lee ’72 on Tuesday.”
  2. Greentech Media asks, “Is a Solar Development Boom About to Begin in Texas?”
  3. Climate Progress reports: “A major report by the global body responsible for energy analysis finds the total benefits from energy efficiency upgrades equals — and often exceeds — the energy savings. The 232-page International Energy Agency report upends decades of conventional thinking about efficiency, and should lead governments and corporations to sharply increase their efficiency budget.”
  4. According to Mother Jones: ”With every year that passes, we’re getting further away from averting a human-caused climate disaster. That’s the key message in this year’s ‘Low Carbon Economy Index,’ a report released by the accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers.”
  5. USA Today reports, “Politically ‘red’ and ‘blue’ states are increasingly turning green as they push energy efficiency and renewable power to save money and protect the planet, says a report today with prominent bi-partisan support.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (9/11/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on September 11th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (9/11/14).

  1. Greentech Media reports: “New data from EIA shows that new natural gas plant additions beat out solar in the first six months of the year. But there’s a crucial segment of the market missing: commercial and residential solar projects of less than 1 megawatt.”
  2. According to Climate Spectator, “In a study that reframes the discussion about the so-called ‘hidden fuel’, the IEA shows how energy efficiency has the potential to support economic growth, enhance social development, advance environmental sustainability, ensure energy-system security and help build wealth.”
  3. EcoWatch reports, “Fracking California Videos Show Huge Impact of Drilling on Communities.”
  4. Jigar Shah writes at the Audobon Climate Report: “Follow the Money to Zero-Emissions Energy: Solar and wind energy are already feasible options.”
  5. At Forbes, Ucilia Wang explains “How LEDs Are Going To Change The Way We Look At Cities.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (9/10/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on September 10th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (9/10/14).

  1. Computerworld asks, “If Tesla’s Gigafactory can run on 100% renewable energy, why can’t others?”
  2. According to Climate Progress, “Post-Fukushima Japan Turns To Offshore Wind And Solar.”
  3. Bloomberg reports, “Divergent tax policies mean Norway risks missing out on most of a $6 billion wind-power boom while neighboring Sweden benefits.”
  4. According to Renewable Energy World, “A vote for independence in Scotland may halt work on renewable power projects that support 14 billion pounds ($23 billion) of investment and 12,000 jobs by raising questions about how developers would get subsidies, an energy supplier said.”
  5. DeSmogBlog reports, “Goldman Sachs Warns Investors About Tar Sands By Rail Challenges While Investing in Tar Sands By Rail.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (9/9/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on September 9th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (9/9/14).

  1. Gigaom reports: “Just south of the Salton Sea — the salty, shrinking 350-square-mile lake that wasformed as the result of an engineering accident in the early 1900s — a six-year-old tech startup has been extracting the “white gold” that lies thousands of feet below the surface. That valuable material, lithium, can be used in batteries for electric cars and cell phones, and the project has piqued enough interest that execs from a handful of battery makers, as well as electric car company Tesla, have visited the site.”
  2. According to the Energy Collective: “Another state in the Southeast U.S. is recognizing the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy as commissioners, utilities and stakeholders in South Carolina are ironing out details of a new solar law that enables third-party leasing and contemplates the state’s two investor owned-utilities utilities, collectively, installing an estimated 300 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy by 2021, up from about 8 megawatts currently.”
  3. The Guardian reports: “It is clear that the gap between what governments are saying about climate change and what they are doing about it continues to widen. While they talk about two degrees at the climate negotiations, the current trend is for a 4C world.”
  4. According to the Roanoke Times, “Appalachian Power Co.’s plans to add a fee to the bills of some solar panel-equipped households drew criticism Monday in the town that just finished a first-in-Virginia solar power drive.”
  5. Greentech Media reports: “Opower doesn’t often enter into strategic partnerships with companies that overlap with its business. The behavioral efficiency company has been very successful landing utility partners so far, and other than starting a relationship with Honeywell for a smart thermostat deployment, it hasn’t needed to rely on others to expand. That’s why today’s announcement that Opower has teamed up with the Lexington, Mass.-based commercial building analytics company FirstFuel is a fairly big deal. “
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (9/8/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on September 8th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (9/8/14).

  1. USA Today reports, “Long stymied by high costs and local opposition, offshore wind is finally nearing takeoff in the Untied States as 14 projects enter ‘advanced stages’ of development, the Energy Department reports.”
  2. In Mother Jones, Bill McKibben explains “How Methane Wrecked Obama’s Fracking Gambit,” with new science showing “that in climate terms, natural gas may be no better than coal—and possibly worse.”
  3. Salon reports, “Charles Koch founded anti-environment group to protect big oil industry handouts.”
  4. RenewEconomy discusses “Tony Abbott’s Year of Living Dangerously,” in which he has basically waged war on renewable energy.
  5. The New York Times reports, “As pressure grows from students who want to see their schools use financial clout to address environmental issues, Yale University’s investment office wrote to its money managers asking them to assess how investments could affect climate change and suggesting they avoid companies that do not take sensible ’steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.’”
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