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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (4/24/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on April 24th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (4/24/15).

  1. Greentech Media lists “20 companies that are transforming the electrical power sector.”
  2. At Renewable Energy World, Tony Clifford of Standard Solar has “3 Solar Trends to Watch After the First Quarter of 2015.”
  3. Climate Progress reports, “In an especially fractious split, the day after [Oklahoma’s] energy and environment cabinet acknowledged that the ‘recent rise in earthquakes cannot be entirely attributed to natural causes,’ state lawmakers passed two bills to limit the ability of localities to decide if they want to allow fracking and drilling nearby.”
  4. According to Bloomberg: “Germany’s cost of producing solar energy has shrunk to about a third of the price households pay for power after the nation made developers compete for subsidies. Most bids to build large ground-mounted solar plants in the first solar auction came in at 9 euro cents (9.7 U.S. cents) to 10 euro cents a kilowatt-hour, Deputy Economy Minister Rainer Baake said. German retail consumers are paying on average 29.8 cents a kWh, according to Eurostat.”
  5. Gizmodo reports: “So far, specific details are thin on the new battery designed for home use that Tesla’s announcing next week. But just based on what we do know, it’s a pretty big deal. The quest for a good battery that can store home-generated power is kind of like the holy grail for a renewable energy future. This one product might change everything.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (4/23/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on April 23rd, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (4/23/15).

  1. InsideClimate News reports, “The federal government has issued new guidelines to correct the chronic underestimation of toxic air pollutants emitted from oil refineries and petrochemical plants.”
  2. According to the Checks and Balances Project, “Desperate Fossil Fuel Interests Seek to Undermine Clean Energy Choices in Communities of Color.”
  3. RenewEconomy reports, “Fossil fuel companies should be factoring in the risk of a climate change-driven ‘black swan event’ – such as the sudden and complete transformation of the global energy market, or a decision to cap global emissions – as part of their basic business strategy, a new report has found.”
  4. According to Mother Jones: “In the ongoing wars over solar energy, one power company is consistently painted as the archetypal, mustache-twirling nemesis of clean electricity: Arizona Public Service. So you might be surprised to learn that this same company is about to become a big new producer of rooftop solar power.”
  5. The New York Times reports, “flow batteries are being viewed as a possible way to help the electrical grid handle greater amounts of renewable energy, and they are being developed further by companies like UniEnergy Technologies, the maker of the Pullman battery, and academic and government researchers.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (4/22/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on April 22nd, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (4/22/15).

  1. In Newsweek, Jim Marson of the Environmental Defense Fund lays out “the true benefits of wind power,” while demolishing the anti-clean-energy arguments of Randy Simmons, “senior fellow at the Koch- and ExxonMobil-funded Property and Environment Research Center.”
  2. The Guardian reports, “Three-quarters of known fossil fuel reserves must be kept in the ground if humanity is to avoid the worst effects of climate change, a group of leading scientists and economists have said in a statement timed to coincide with Earth Day.”
  3. According to InsideClimate News, “The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to crack down on carbon pollution from power plants would create more than a quarter of a million additional jobs, according to a new analysis by economists using a trusted, sophisticated model.”
  4. The Washington Post reports, “Newsweek adds disclosure about Koch ties of professor who wrote anti-wind power piece.”
  5. According to DeSmogBlog, “Five Years After The BP Oil Spill, Gulf Coast Residents Say ‘BP Hasn’t Made Things Right’.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (4/21/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on April 21st, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (4/21/15).

  1. The Washington  Post reports, “The U.S. electric grid will require major changes to reposition itself for the future challenges of climate change, new technologies, and national security in coming decades, according to a first-ever ‘Quadrennial Energy Review released by the Obama administration.”
  2. According to Climate Progress, “At least 20 animal species are still suffering from the effects of the largest oil spill in U.S. history nearly five years after it occurred, according to a National Wildlife Federation report released Monday.”
  3. The Wall Street Journal reports, “China accelerated its solar-energy buildout in the first quarter, adding 18% to total capacity as the government prioritized renewable-energy investment to clean the skies and shore up economic growth.”
  4. At CleanTechnica, Tina Casey writes, “Florida Officially Denies Climate Change, But Could Get More Solar Anyway (Piece Of 1.5 Gigawatt NextEra Solar Pie?).”
  5. RenewEconomy writes: “Fossil fuel companies face an increasingly ‘acute’ risk of becoming ‘stranded assets’, as a result of climate change policies, changing economics such as plunging commodity prices, and the impact of new technologies such as solar and storage. That’s the assessment of global investment bank HSBC in a new report titled ‘Stranded Assets, what next?’
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (4/20/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on April 20th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (4/20/15).

  1. Bloomberg reports, “While the U.S. pats itself on the back for the riches flowing from fracking wells, an upheaval in clean energy is quietly loosening the oil industry’s grip on the automotive industry.”
  2. According to the New York Times, “Solar Power Battle Puts Hawaii at Forefront of Worldwide Changes.”
  3. Greentech Media reports, “San Francisco is the largest city in California to make the full switch to smart water meters, with 96 percent of the technology deployed so far.”
  4. Midwest Energy News explains “How states can work together on Clean Power Plan.”
  5. Bloomberg reports, “China’s solar installations in the first quarter were almost equal to France’s entire supply of power from the sun.”
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