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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (7/28/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on July 28th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (7/28/14).

  1. Bloomberg reports, “JA Solar Holdings Co...expects solar-panel prices in China to recover as developers scale up projects and government measures encourage developments.”
  2. The Guardian has an op-ed which argues: “Energy efficiency – insulation of homes, for one – is cheaper than any energy-producing or generating option (which is why the Treasury cuts in the UK’s Eco energy efficiency budget are such folly). For once, Europe’s greens can make common cause with Europe’s securocrats: cutting gas demand makes sense both to protect the planet and to punish Putin.”
  3. According to DeSmogBlog, “Congress has less than a week left to finish delivering promises for their donors before they head out for a month-long August recess undoubtedly filled with campaigning, and members aren’t wasting any time in their attempts to suck up to the dirty energy industry.”
  4. The New York Times reports, “Even as regulators continue to wrestle with the protracted trade conflict with China over solar panels, the case has already started to reshape the industry, lifting manufacturers based outside China while also raising prices of panels for developers.”
  5. According to The Guardian, “Ministers will give the go-ahead on Monday for a big expansion of fracking across Britain that will allow drilling in national parks and other protected areas in ‘exceptional circumstances’.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (7/25/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on July 25th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (7/25/14).

  1. DeSmogBlog reports: “Last month, Terry Greenwood, a Pennsylvania farmer whose water had been contaminated by fracking waste, died of cancer. He was 66 and the cause of death was a rare form of brain cancer. His death drew attention from around the globe…”
  2. Stephen Lacey of Greentech Media explains “Why Residential PACE Is Growing in Spite of Opposition From Federal Housing Lenders.”
  3. Grist reports, “Drilling in Pennsylvania has damaged the water supply 209 times in last seven years.”
  4. According to Climate Progress: “Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback expressed support for gradually phasing out the state’s Renewable Energy Standard (RPS) during an impromptu meeting with reporters on Wednesday morning. Later that afternoon the Republican governor’s office said he wasn’t actually proposing to phase out the clean energy policy, but meant to refer to the federal energy production tax credit (PTC), which expired last year.”
  5. Reuters reports, “More than 70 percent of China’s coal firms are making losses, the head of the coal industry association said on Thursday, with prices eroded by falling demand growth, a worsening supply glut and a war on smog.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (7/24/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on July 24th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (7/24/14).

  1. Greentech Media reports: “Back in May, Google announced its Little Box challenge, a $1 million prize for technology that can radically shrink the size and weight of inverters. This week, it opened the contest to applicants, announced the IEEE as a partner, and clarified just how small it’s hoping to get with the next-generation power conversion technologies.”
  2. According to DeSmogBlog: “The Department of Transportation released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking today for the transportation of crude oil and ethanol by rail. With the release of the proposed new regulations, a public comment period now begins before the rules will be finalized. The proposed rules offer a wide variety of options for the public to comment on with the weakest proposals essentially being the status quo, as is the case for the rail tank car recommendations.”
  3. Omaha.com reports, “The state’s appeal of a ruling that struck down the law used to route the Keystone XL pipeline will be argued Sept. 5 before the Nebraska Supreme Court.”
  4. The New York Times reports, “Texas Is Wired for Wind Power, and More Farms Plug In.”
  5. According to Greentech Media, “Commercial solar system interconnections might actually provide a net benefit to ratepayers.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (7/23/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on July 23rd, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (7/23/14).

  1. Climate Progress explains “How The South Portland City Council Foiled Big Oil’s Plan To Sneak Tar Sands Out Of Canada.”
  2. According to Green Car Reports, “If you own an electric car today though, the price you’re paying for electricity is equivalent to about 75 cents per gallon.”
  3. The Conversation makes the case that “Affordable batteries for green energy are closer than we think.”
  4. According to RenewEconomy, “A new Australian start-up solar company believes that the Australian market for rooftop solar leasing for the residential and commercial sectors could reach $100 billion in the next decade.”
  5. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports, “The high cost of production in Central Appalachia, which also includes West Virginia, rules out a big rebound in the coal industry, no matter who is in power in Washington and even if scientists figure out how to burn coal without compromising the climate or environment.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (7/22/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on July 22nd, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (7/22/14).

  1. Greentech Media asks, “Third-Party Financing Was Solar’s Catalyst. Can Energy Efficiency Find the Same Model?”
  2. According to USA Today, “Most Americans oppose a carbon tax, considered by many economists a cost-effective way to fight climate change, but they are willing to support it if the money is returned to them or used to fund renewable energy, a poll Monday finds.”
  3. DeSmogBlog reports, “Portland, Maine, has become the latest battleground in the fight against tar sands oil, with local residents facing off against energy industry forces in an attempt to ban tar sands oil from the city’s port.”
  4. According to Climate Progress: ’While the politics of fracking has taken hold of election-year energy discussions in Colorado, the wind power industry is quietly surging. On Friday Vesta Wind Systems announced it was hiring 800 new workers, part of plans to fill 1,500 jobs this year in Colorado, after receiving orders for 370 turbines over the last few weeks. The jobs will be full-time, high-skilled jobs primarily in the manufacturing of blades and towers.”
  5. Renewable Energy World reports, “According to the latest ‘Energy Infrastructure Update’ report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects, solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydropower provided 55.7 percent of new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity during the first half of 2014 (1,965 MW of the 3,529 MW total installed).”
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