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

Posted By Lowell F. on October 14th, 2014

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

  1. Bloomberg reports, “At a windy mountain pass on the edge of the Mojave DesertNorth America’s most potent collection of batteries used for storing unused power is humming its way toward an electricity revolution.”
  2. According to The Guardian, “Onshore wind is cheaper than coal, gas or nuclear energy when the costs of ‘external’ factors like air quality, human toxicity and climate change are taken into account, according to an EU analysis.”
  3. The New York Times reports: “The Pentagon on Monday released a report asserting decisively that climate change poses an immediate threat to national security, with increased risks from terrorism, infectious disease, global poverty and food shortages. It also predicted rising demand for military disaster responses as extreme weather creates more global humanitarian crises.”
  4. The Guardian describes how, “over the last few years the coal industry has been trying to hijack the issue of energy poverty by telling the world that the only way the poorest nations can pull themselves out of poverty is by purchasing lots of their product.” The article notes that this is a “deeply cynical campaign to get more coal burned at a time when world leaders need to be working out how to do the opposite to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.”
  5. CBS News writes: “Does having your own solar power installation sound appealing? It apparently does to a growing number of American businesses and homeowners who are investing in what many tout as a cleaner and less expensive source of electricity. And that trend of buying into solar power is also growing internationally.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (10/13/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on October 13th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (10/13/14).

  1. NPR reports, “an investigation by Houston Public Media and the Houston Chronicle shows Texas highways have become the nation’s deadliest amid a fracking boom.”
  2. According to Midwest Energy News, “Commercial enterprises, homeowners and nonprofits lined up in great numbers to take advantage of a Minnesota program designed to spur the domestic manufacture of solar panels and increase adoption of photovoltaic (PV) solar through aggressive incentives.”
  3. Bloomberg reports, “Renewable energy will satisfy much of Africa’s expanding power needs by 2040 as the continent unlocks vast hydropower resources, the International Energy Agency said.”
  4. Renewable Energy World highlights “5 Breweries Embracing Renewable Energy.”
  5. Bloomberg reports, “Scotland [Friday] gave the go-ahead to four sea-based wind farms with a potential 2.3 gigawatts capacity, enough for 1.4 million homes, the Scottish government said in a statement.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (10/10/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on October 10th, 2014

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

  1. Greentech Media writes about “Utility and Consumer Data: A New Source of Power in the Energy Internet of Things.”
  2. Mother Jones asks: “Walmart Is the Biggest Corporate Solar User. Why Are Its Owners Funding Groups That Oppose Solar?”
  3. InsideClimate News reports on a new study which shows that shifting to a low-carbon economy “could free up $1.8 trillion,” in part “by avoiding the high operating costs of using fossil fuels—coal and natural gas—to generate power.”
  4. Joe Romm of Climate Progress writes about “The Vast Benefits of Energy Efficiency,” and how a “New York Times Op-Ed Confuses the Facts.”
  5. RenewEconomy reports, “The surprise decision by China to impose tariffs on coal imports from Australia has raised the prospect of tit-for-tat action that could impact on the multi-billion solar industry in Australia.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (10/9/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on October 9th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (10/9/14).

  1. NRDC’s Switchboard blog writes: “Offshore wind power isn’t usually associated with lower-cost energy, at least not in the public imagination. But it turns out that installing 54 gigawatts of offshore wind power off America’s coasts can cut the cost of electricity in the U.S. by an astounding $7.68 billion a year. That’s right: $7.68 billion annually.”
  2. Bloomberg reports on “The Keystone Killer the Enviros Didn’t See Coming.”
  3. According to the Wall Street Journal, “The Lego man won’t be filling up at the Shell station much longer.”
  4. The New York Times reports: “Many Texans have long held the oil and gas industry as dear to their hearts as a prairie range full of feeding cattle. Now suddenly that love is being tested here in a local election, where a grass-roots campaign against gas producers has pushed the industry into a corner.”
  5. According to The Desert Sun: “As policymakers have pushed California to transition to renewable energy, a potentially serious obstacle has emerged: The state’s major electric utilities don’t have comprehensive plans for taking advantage of the solar panels that residents across the Coachella Valley and the rest of the state are putting on their rooftops.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (10/8/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on October 8th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (10/8/14).

  1. Bloomberg reports, “Shale Boom Tested as Sub-$90 Oil Threatens U.S. Drillers.”
  2. David Roberts of Grist explains how a “Radical judge kneecaps clean electricity under cover of boringness.”
  3. Renewable Energy World reports, “According to some estimates, wind farm operations and maintenance is growing by 40 GW per year and is expected to reach 555 GW by 2023 making it an exciting and lucrative industry.”
  4. Greentech Media addresses the question, “Why Are Institutional Investors Still Hesitating on Solar?”
  5. According to the Center for Biological Diversity: “Almost 3 billion gallons of oil industry wastewater have been illegally dumped into central California aquifers that supply drinking water and farming irrigation, according to state documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity. The wastewater entered the aquifers through at least nine injection disposal wells used by the oil industry to dispose of waste contaminated with fracking fluids and other pollutants.”
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