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Posted By Lowell F. on February 28th, 2014
Here are five recommended reads for today (2/28/14).
- Greentech Media reports, “The Department of Energy is targeting from $1.5 billion to as much as $4 billion for a new renewable energy project loan guarantee program, one that could open the door to solicitations for a range of smaller-scale, distributed and grid-integrated projects by the end of this year.”
- According to Climate Progress, “American veterans constitute 9.2 percent of all workers in the nation’s solar industry, versus just 7.6 percent of all workers in the nation.”
- Earth Techling reports on “Solar Power’s Relentless Push to Greater Efficiency.”
- Renewable Energy World reports, “Tesla Motors Inc.’s plan to build what co-founder Elon Musk bills as the world’s largest battery factory could shake up the power industry and trigger a bidding contest between states eager for the 6,500 jobs the $5 billion investment could create.”
- Mark Hertsgaard argues in BloombergBusinessweek: “there’s a deeper explanation for Obama’s caution on Keystone that rarely gets acknowledged. He is the president of a petro state, a country that ranks as an OPEC nation in all but name. And in a petro state, saying no to Big Oil is never easy.”
Posted By Lowell F. on February 27th, 2014
Here are five recommended reads for today (2/27/14).
- Greentech Media reports: “Tesla Giga Factory: $4B to $5B Price Tag, With Battery Production Slated for 2017.”
- According to Media Matters, “Numerous local newspapers failed to identify the fossil fuel funding behind Thomas Pyle, president of the American Energy Alliance, while allowing him to publish op-eds across the country misleadingly attacking a potential tax credit for wind power, while ignoring subsidies for the oil and gas industries.”
- Bloomberg News reports, “General Electric (GE) considers Japan ripe for new investment in wind power as the resource-poor country diversifies energy supply in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster almost three years ago.”
- NRDC argues, “We need a new national policy to protect public lands from oil and gas leasing.”
- The Wall Street Journal reports: “Investors are stepping back into one of the stock market’s most volatile sectors, solar-energy companies, after many had pulled the plug on the group several years ago.”
Posted By Lowell F. on February 26th, 2014
Here are five recommended reads for today (2/26/14).
- The New York Times reports, “Solar Industry Jump-Starts a Revival in California.”
- According to Greentech Media, “As solar becomes more mainstream, thought leaders in the module performance and reliability space urge caution and stress the importance of module quality to the larger solar PV community.”
- The Climate Group reports, “Offshore wind farms can tame hurricanes rather than be destroyed by them. says ground-breaking research led by Stanford University that touts the benefits of wind power.”
- According to Raw Story, “Florida woman living off solar power and rain water ordered to use city utilities.”
- USA Today reports, “Offshore wind farms can tame hurricanes rather than be destroyed by them. says ground-breaking research led by Stanford University that touts the benefits of wind power.”
Posted By Lowell F. on February 25th, 2014
Here are five recommended reads for today (2/25/14).
- Rhone Resch writes at Renewable Energy World that “so far this year, it’s been good news followed by even more good news for the U.S. solar industry.”
- According to Greentech Media: “The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a matchmaking service that connects business interests with conservative lawmakers, drove more than 70 bills in 37 states last year that would have slowed the progress of greentech and clean energy. The group is back this year with a range of new initiatives.”
- The Hill reports, “The majority of West Virginians said they would vote for a candidate who supports stronger environmental protections and does not have ties to the coal industry, even if it means the state will lose jobs, according to a new poll.”
- According to The Guardian, “Environmental campaigners drew solace from a supreme court hearing on greenhouse gas controls on Monday that left justices appearing to support the US government’s broad role in setting emissions limits for power stations.”
- The Washington Post reports, “Utilities are warning homeowners that they are about to get hit with a double whammy — higher natural gas prices and consumption, both of which have been driven to five-year peaks by the Arctic cold that gripped much of the country in recent weeks.”
Posted By Lowell F. on February 24th, 2014
Here are five recommended reads for today (2/24/14).
- Greentech Media reports, “Elon Musk and Tesla Plan World’s Biggest Battery Factory.”
- Fast Company lists “The Companies That Are Using The Most Solar Power.”
- The Danville Register & Bee reports, “The recent coal ash spill on the Dan River caused at least $70 million in damage to fish, wildlife and other related aspects of the economy,” and that this figure “will almost certainly go up, perhaps way up, from there by a factor of 5 to 10.”
- On National Public Radio, Tom Steyer talks about his plans “to spend $100 million in the 2014 election cycle to promote his favored cause of fighting climate change.”
- Bloomberg reports, “Colorado regulators approved groundbreaking controls on emissions from oil and natural gas operations after an unusual coalition of energy companies and environmentalists agreed on measures to counter worsening smog.”