Here are five recommended reads for today (3/7/14).
The Roanoke Times reports, “A North Carolina Superior Court judge on Thursday ruled in favor of conservation groups requesting that Duke Energy stop contaminating groundwater at its 14 coal-fired power plants across the state.”
The Energy Post explains “How the IEA exaggerates the costs and underestimates the growth of solar power.”
Bloomberg reports: “A 40-foot trailer loaded with 25 tons of liquid metals may be the solution to the renewable-energy industry’s biggest challenge: making sure electricity is available whenever it’s needed…A Boston-area startup founded by MIT researchers is working to turn this new concept into a commercially viable product, liquid-metal batteries that will store power for less than $500 a kilowatt-hour. That’s less than a third the cost of some current battery technologies.”
According to Inside Climate News, “As federal regulators continue investigating why tank cars on three trains carrying North Dakota crude oil have exploded in the past eight months, energy experts say part of the problem might be that some producers are deliberately leaving too much propane in their product, making the oil riskier to transport by rail.”
Renewable Energy World reports, “The rapid development of rooftop solar and battery storage technology could be as transformative to the economy and modern life as the U.S. oil and gas boom, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said.”
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Greentech Media reports: “From sub-Saharan Africa to Bangladesh, the off-grid solar market is posting impressive growth rates. But access to finance has choked the sector’s ability to truly scale. That’s why a new Series C investment in industry leader d.light is worth paying attention to. This latest (and largest) investment in off-grid solar sends a message about the ability of companies in this space to raise serious investment”
Climate Progress reports, “Ed Schultz, host of MSNBC’s The Ed Show, has changed his mind and become the latest prominent opponent of approving the Keystone XL pipeline.”
The Guardian asks, “Will fossil fuels melt the global economy?”
Time Magazine reports: “Energy harvested from the Sun was the second-biggest source of new electricity generation capacity in 2013, but there are clouds on the horizon as a trade war between the U.S. and China stands to throw a monkey wrench in the works.”
DeSmogBlog asks: ”How much has the economy benefitted from this [oil and natural gas fracked] drilling surge?” The answer: “Not much, according to a report presented to the European Union Parliament last month, which found ‘no evidence that shale gas is driving an overall manufacturing renaissance in the US.’”
Reuters reports, “The controversial Keystone XL pipeline will receive President Obama’s blessing and be built to transport crude oil from Canada to Texas, TransCanada Corp. Chief Executive Russ Girling predicted on Tuesday.”
According to Greentech Media: “Continuing its explosive growth, the U.S. solar industry had a record-shattering year in 2013….photovoltaic installations continued to proliferate, increasing 41 percent over 2012 to reach 4,751 megawatts. In addition, 410 megawatts of concentrating solar power came on-line.”
The Denver Post reports, “Xcel Energy said Tuesday that it plans to buy power from a $200 million solar installation to be built near its power plant in Pueblo County.”
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Renewable Energy World reports: “Tesla made a splash last week with its proposed $5 billion “Gigafactory” and its eye-popping numbers…so it makes sense for Tesla to have other plans in case the market doesn’t quite take off and it’s stuck with overcapacity. The answer: allocate some of that capacity to stationary energy storage systems for backup power, peak demand reduction, demand response, and wholesale electric market services.”
According to Kate Sheppard at the Huffington Post: “The State Department’s final environmental impact analysis for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline downplays the significance the pipeline would have for development of the Canadian tar sands, according to a new analysis from a United Kingdom-based group. The analysis also argues that the State Department underestimated the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that would come with that development.”
Greentech Media reports, “SolarReserve’s 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes solar power tower is due to come on-line this year. It will be the biggest solar power tower technology project in the world that incorporates molten salt storage.”
According to USA Today, “The Environmental Protection Agency announced rules Monday to slash sulfur in gasoline by two-thirds as a way to reduce smog and the respiratory problems that it can cause.”
Stephen Lacey reports at Greentech Media about some of the “Cool Stuff You Can Do With Consumption Data From Buildings.”
Here are five recommended reads for today (3/3/14).
The Washington Post reports, “More than 500 protesters chanting, “Hey, Obama! We don’t want no pipeline drama,” marched to the White House Sunday, demanding that President Obama stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline extension that would daily carry 830,000 barrels of crude oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast.”
According to Grist, “The government’s new environmental assessment warns that more than a million bottlenose dolphins could be hurt every year by the acoustic blasts, which would extend from the shoreline to as far as 400 miles offshore, from Delaware down to Florida.”
According to the Quad-City Times: “Lately, the vast wind resource has turned the rural northwest Iowa county into a hotbed of economic activity. A bevy of companies are moving ahead with large-scale projects that would harness and export the renewable energy to more populated regions.”
Reuters reports, “While environmentalists have long hoped Colorado’s increasingly liberal population could help them stem reliance on oil, victory is far from certain and polls show they face an uphill battle.”