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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.”

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).”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (7/21/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on July 21st, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (7/21/14).

  1. Grist reports, “Washington state just lopped up to $2,500 off the cost of solar panels. Here’s how.”
  2. According to NBC News: “Nebraska farmers–unlike many of their counterparts in Texas and Kansas, where the Ogallala is quickly being sucked to the last drop—know that they are blessed to have wells of gushing water, especially as the grip of a drought across the Great Plains extends into a fourth year and, moreover, as scores of scientists forecast a future climate drier, hotter, windier – in all, more punishing. This precious water, and the risk that it could be poisoned by oil piped from Canada, has galvanized not only the tribal nations of South Dakota, but also a coalition of Nebraska farmers, ranchers and concerned citizens. Together, they’ve formed something called the Cowboy-Indian Alliance, and it includes grandmothers and grandfathers suddenly radicalized.”
  3. The Guardian reports, “Whales under threat as US approves seismic oil prospecting in Atlantic.”
  4. According to an AP report in the SC Times, “Gov. Mark Dayton challenged energy policy and business leaders Thursday to find a way for Minnesota to eliminate coal from the state’s energy production.”
  5. Greentech Media reports on “The Coming Storage Boom: Project Proposals Nearly Double California’s Storage Target.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (7/18/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on July 18th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (7/18/14).

  1. Greentech Media reports: “Germany outranks the U.S. in terms of energy efficiency, according to the second International Energy Efficiency Scorecard put out by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. But it’s not just the Germans, who are known for their efficiency and engineering prowess, that best the U.S. in this category. Italy, India, Spain and China are just a few of the major world economies that also ranked above the U.S., which came in thirteenth out of sixteen countries.”
  2. According to NRDC: “Any day now, the U.S. Forest Service will release what’s called a “management plan” for the George Washington National Forest.  The plan will include a crucial decision we’re watching very closely: will industrial gas drilling and fracking be allowed in the forest or will the forest be protected?”
  3. Ucilia Wang makes the case in Forbes that “Now Is A Good Time To Invest In Solar Manufacturing and Marketing In The U.S.”
  4. Renewable Energy World reports, “China is three years behind schedule on a plan that would make it the world’s biggest market for offshore wind, a setback for the $15 billion industry that’s seeking to produce affordable electricity from the one of nature’s most reliable energy sources.”
  5. Renew Economy writes, “As Prime Minister Tony Abbott celebrated the promised axing of the carbon price and the re-focus of Australia’s economic future on the extraction of fossil fuels, the market price supporting his economic blueprint is in the process of collapsing.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (7/17/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on July 17th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (7/17/14).

  1. The Tampa Bay Times reports, “In an effort to push Gov. Rick Scott into the debate on climate change, 10 prominent Florida scientists on Tuesday asked for an opportunity to explain to him the impact human-induced global warming will have on Florida.”
  2. Greentech Media compares the “tortoise” and the “hare”: “New York and Massachusetts have very different solar markets. But as Sara Rafalson explains, they’re learning from each other.”
  3. According to Inside Climate News: “In early July, a million gallons of salty drilling waste spilled from a pipeline onto a steep hillside in western North Dakota’s Fort Berthold Reservation. The waste—a byproduct of oil and gas production—has now reached a tributary of Lake Sakakawea, which provides drinking water to the reservation. The oil industry called the accident a “saltwater” spill. But the liquid that entered the lake bears little resemblance to what’s found in the ocean.
  4. Renew Economy writes about the “monstrously stupid” decision by the Australian government to repeal the country’s carbon tax, which “had been in operation in Australia for two years” and “was working.”
  5. The Wall Street Journal reports, Tesla Motors Inc. is taking a closer look at California to build a giant electric-car battery factory after state lawmakers proposed new tax breaks and regulatory changes that could speed its construction and lower costs.”
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