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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (10/1/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on October 1st, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (10/1/14).

  1. The Guardian reports, “Environmental groups said on Tuesday they may sue to block the construction of a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility on Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.”
  2. Climate Progress describes “The Explosive Debate Over A New Natural Gas Pipeline Through The Northeast.”
  3. RenewEconomy reports, “New report from HSBC says conventional generators will be the biggest losers from the upcoming energy storage boom, as both consumers and grid operators look to battery and other storage technologies.”
  4. According to Bloomberg, “There may be only two to four ‘really, really’ large U.S. coal producers left in the future as the industry shrinks amid moribund demand and falling prices, Alpha Natural Resources Inc. (ANR) Chief Executive Officer Kevin Crutchfield said.”
  5. Gigaom reports,”The Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson has bought Ambient, the Newton, Mass.-based provider of communications technology for utilities that want to roll out smart grids.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (9/30/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on September 30th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (9/30/14).

  1. Reuters reports, “Solar energy could be the top source of electricity by 2050, aided by plummeting costs of the equipment to generate it, a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA), the West’s energy watchdog, said on Monday.”
  2. According to Vox, “Solar power is growing so fast that older energy companies are trying to stop it.”
  3. RenewEconomy reports, “The highly conservative International Energy Agency predicts the cost of solar energy will fall to around 4c/kWh in coming decades as the sun becomes the dominant source of power generation across the world.”
  4. According to Greentech Media, “A groundbreaking agreement between Arizona Public Service (APS) and Arizona’s ratepayer advocate could create a surge of new storage deployment in the state over the next seven years.”
  5. The Guardian asks, “Can Narendra Modi bring the solar power revolution to India?”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (9/29/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on September 29th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (9/29/14).

  1. The Huffington Post reports on the Neil Young and Willie Nelson concert in Nebraska this weekend opposing the Keystone XL Canadian tar sands pipeline.
  2. According to the Wall Street Journal: “A class of compounds first uncovered in the Ural Mountains more than a century ago is now a rock star in the world of solar-energy research. Meet perovskite, the building block for materials that, as a group, have posted unprecedented gains in their solar-energy efficiency—the percentage of sunlight converted into electricity. In the lab, scientists experimenting with perovskite-based materials of different compositions have recently achieved a jump in efficiency to 20%, from around 10% just two years ago.”
  3. The Washington Post reports, “North Dakota’s oil rush brings cash and promise to reservation, along with drug-fueled crime.”
  4. Salon explains “What happens when fracking takes over your town” (“The roads were cracking, the crime rate was rising”).
  5. The Guardian reports: “Computer giant IBM last week revealed the prototype of its advanced solar electricity generators: a 30ft-high concrete ’sunflower’ fitted with wafer-thin aluminium mirrors and a maze of tiny tubes for carrying coolant through the heart of each device. The machines, which will be built in conjunction with the Swiss company Airlight Energy, can convert 80% of the sun’s radiation into electricity and hot water, it is claimed, with each generating 12 kilowatts of electricity and 20kW of heat on a sunny day, enough to supply several homes.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (9/26/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on September 26th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (9/26/14).

  1. Mother Jones explains “How Australia Became the Dirtiest Polluter in the Developed World.”
  2. According to Greentech Media, quoting David Brewster, the president of US Demand Response market leader EnerNOC, “challenges for the demand response industry…pale in comparison to the proven benefits of managing demand to meet grid needs — and the state-by-state regulatory changes that are pushing it to the masses.”
  3. Rolling Stone profiles the “Koch brothers’ toxic empire,” writing that “Koch is also long on the richest – but also the dirtiest and most carbon-polluting – oil deposits in North America: the tar sands of Alberta.”
  4. The Energy Collective reports: “Penetration rates of no-carbon generation have increased from 50% to 56% in recent years in Europe, as European Union countries work toward renewable energy and greenhouse gas emissions targets. Increasing levels of renewable generation, along with nuclear generation, mean that many European countries generate a large share of their electricity from no-carbon sources.”
  5. According to CleanTechnica: “Egypt is planning to auction 2 GW capacity each in wind and solar power capacity next month…Egypt’s New & Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) has set a target to generate 20% of the country’s power demand from renewable energy sources by 2020; this includes 12% from wind power and 8% from other technologies like solar power and hydro power.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (9/24/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on September 24th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (9/24/14).

  1. According to Greentech Media, “Unveiled today, Southern California Edison’s demonstration project at the Monolith substation in the Tehachapi Mountains happens to be the largest battery project in North America and one of the largest battery storage projects in the world.”
  2. The BBC reports, “BHP Billiton and Mitsubishi plan to cut 700 jobs at a joint coal mining venture in Australia because of tough market conditions.”
  3. According to Media Matters, “Fox News contributor Steve Moore dismissed President Obama’s U.N. address on climate change arguing that terror threats are ‘a security reason for the United States to develop our own oil and gas,’ ignoring a decade of warnings from the U.S. military calling climate change a national security threat and a terrorism threat multiplier.”
  4. The Guardian reports: “Facebook is set to become the latest tech company to end its support for a controversial rightwing lobby group that works against climate change legislation. The social media company has been a funder of American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec), which shapes legislation at state level across the US. But late on Tuesday the company confirmed to the Guardian it was quitting, following Google, which cut ties this week, and Microsoft, which left in August.”
  5. Greentech Media has “Lessons from Germany and Japan” on “Transforming the Power Grid.”
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