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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (11/28/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on November 28th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (11/28/14).

  1. According to Climate Progress, “Industry Groups Are Freaking Out About Obama’s New Smog Pollution Rule.” They are wrong, of course, as they’ve always been in the past.
  2. Greentech Media lists the “5 Biggest Clean Energy Turkeys of 2014,” #1 being the January 2014 segment of 60 Minutes on “the cleantech crash.”
  3. EcoWatch argues, “OPEC Decision Likely to Crash U.S. Fracking Industry.”
  4. Reuters reports, “Brent crude fell to a fresh four-year low on Friday, sending oil-related shares and currencies lower, after OPEC decided to refrain from cutting output despite a supply glut.”
  5. According to the Climate Investigations Center, “Edelman fired by TransCanada After Leaked Energy East Plan.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (11/26/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on November 26th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (11/26/14).

  1. Vox reports, “Energy East is Canada’s alternative to Keystone XL. And it’s in trouble.”
  2. According to the New York Times, “The Obama administration is expected to release on Wednesday a contentious and long-delayed environmental regulation to curb emissions of ozone, a smog-causing pollutant linked to asthma, heart disease and premature death.”
  3. Bloomberg reports, “while no one expects the Saudis to ramp up output now like they did then and U.S. shale oil companies are pledging to keep drilling regardless, the memory of that bust looms large for American industry executives on the eve of OPEC’s meeting tomorrow.”
  4. NPR interviews Eric Wesoff of Greentech Media and discusses how “solar energy is now competitive with the cost of power generated by coal, oil and natural gas.”
  5. Climate Progress reports: “Maryland’s outgoing Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley announced on Tuesday that he will soon release proposed regulations for fracking — regulations that when finalized will officially allow natural gas drilling in the western part of the state. The historically environmentally-friendly governor said the regulations when issued would be strict, going above and beyond to restrict drilling in certain locations and including strong protections from drinking-water contamination and air pollution.
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (11/25/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on November 25th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (11/25/14).

  1. Bloomberg reports, “China, the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter, plans to start a nationwide carbon market in the next two years following a pledge to cap emissions by 2030.”
  2. David Roberts argues at Grist: “Despite the fantasies of economists (and economist wannabes), it will never be enough to tweak a few economic parameters and hope the market works its magic. If we want to reduce and eventually eliminate carbon from our economies, we will have to do so consciously, in a structured, goal-directed way.”
  3. Greentech Media reports: “Late last month, the Topaz Solar project achieved full commercial operation with the completion of its final 40-megawatt (AC) phase. This is the first 500-megawatt plus solar farm to come online in the U.S. and the largest solar plant online in the world.”
  4. Tina Casey writes at Triple Pundit that “A True ‘Plug-and-Play’ PV System is Closer Than You Think.”
  5. The Guardian reports, “In the clearest sign to date the administration sees no long-range future for fossil fuel, the state department climate change envoy, Todd Stern, said the world would have no choice but to forgo developing reserves of oil, coal and gas.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (11/24/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on November 24th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (11/24/14).

  1. The New York Times reports, “The cost of providing electricity from wind and solar power plants has plummeted over the last five years, so much so that in some markets renewable generation is now cheaper than coal or natural gas.”
  2. According to DeSmogBlog, “While the oil and gas industry likes to claim that fracking is not an especially water intensive process, a new report has found that there are more than 250 wells across the country that each require anywhere from 10 to 25 million gallons of water.”
  3. The Guardian reports, “The World Bank will invest heavily in clean energy and only fund coal projects in “circumstances of extreme need” because climate change will undermine efforts to eliminate extreme poverty, says its president Jim Yong Kim.”
  4. Media Matters writes: “Boston Globe columnist John E. Sununu’s latest piece urges approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and criticizes regulations against oil and gas companies. The Globe did not disclose that Sununu is an advisor for a Washington firm that lobbies for the pipeline’s construction on behalf of its would-be builder.”
  5. Bloomberg reports, “With crude at $75 a barrel, the price Goldman Sachs Group Inc. says will be the average in the first three months of next year, 19 U.S. shale regions are no longer profitable, according to data compiled by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (11/21/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on November 21st, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (11/21/14).

  1. The New York Times reports, “NRG, which built a leading electricity business from coal and other conventional power plants, is aiming to reduce its carbon emissions 50 percent by 2030 and 90 percent by 2050, the company said on Thursday.”
  2. David Roberts of Grist explains, “Within 2 years, a quarter of the world’s carbon emissions are likely to be priced.”
  3. Greentech Media reports: “Last year, global private investment in renewables amounted to $193 billion, which is $31 billion lower than in 2012. A decrease in wind power development partly contributed to the negative change. But the most influential factor was the lower cost of solar PV — accounting for 80 percent of the drop.”
  4. According to MIT Technology Review, a new, simplified method of installing solar panels on roofs could slash costs.  ”‘By simplifying the system so that it’s like installing an appliance, we envision that the soft cost will be virtually eliminated,’ says Christian Hoepfner, director of the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems, which developed the system. Doing so would lower the cost of a typical residential solar installation from $22,000 to as little as $7,500, he says.”
  5. The Washington Post reports: a new “report argues that the U.S. ‘has the potential to produce more than 100 times as much electricity from solar PV and concentrating solar power (CSP) installations as the nation consumes each year.’ It adds that every single state could generate more solar electricity than its residents currently consume.”
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