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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (3/25/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on March 25th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (3/25/15).

  1. Renewable Energy World reports, “Wind Project Adds 200 Megawatts to Texas Grid.”
  2. Greentech Media discusses “The 4 Key Issues Shaping Latin America’s Solar Market.”
  3. The Guardian reports: “The US coal sector is in a ‘terminal decline’ which has sent 26 companies bust in the last three years, according to financial analysts. A report by the Carbon Tracker Initiative found that in the past five years the US coal industry lost 76% of its value. At least 264 mines were closed between 2011 and 2013. The world’s largest private coal company, Peabody Energy, lost 80% of its share price.”
  4. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration: “California has become the first state with more than 5% of its annual utility-scale electricity generation from utility-scale solar power, according to EIA’s Electric Power Monthly. California’s utility-scale (1 megawatt (MW) or larger) solar plants generated a record 9.9 million megawatthours (MWh) of electricity in 2014, an increase of 6.1 million MWh from 2013. California’s utility-scale solar production in 2014 was more than three times the output of the next-highest state, Arizona, and more than all other states combined.”
  5. Utility Dive reports, “Environmental groups sue Dominion Virginia for coal ash leaks.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (3/24/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on March 24th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (3/24/15).

  1. Joe Romm of Climate Progress argues: “The Smithsonian risks damaging its reputation by having a polluter-funded science denier on the payroll and a wildly misleading Koch-funded exhibit that downplays the risks posed by human-caused climate change. It’s time for the world’s self-proclaimed “largest museum and research complex,” to live up to its mission — and its own climate statement — and cut ties with the anti-science, pro-pollution crowd.”
  2. Greentech Media writes: “Solar panels, smart meters, energy storage, electric vehicles and microgrids are transforming the distribution grid and spurring debates around a model for “utility 2.0.” But while technology is stimulating change, policy drove the conversation at a meeting of electricity industry leaders last week, hosted by the Edison Foundation’s Institute for Electric Innovation.”
  3. Tina Casey writes at CleanTechnica: “As if the fossil fuel industry needed more bad news, the US Energy Department has just put out the call for new, longer wind turbine blade technology that will unlock an additional one million square miles of land for wind energy development. The new funding opportunity is relatively small at $1.8 million…but this is truly a case of a little going a long way.”
  4. According to the NRDC Switchboard blog: “The reason governors are not rushing to McConnell’s bandwagon is that the Clean Power Plan puts states in the driver’s seat, and they want to stay there. As my colleague David Doniger points out here, for 45 years, the Clean Air Act has empowered states to shape their own pollution reduction plans. EPA steps in only if the states fail to act. McConnell is suggesting that states refuse to take control to tailor their own plans.”
  5. Bloomberg reports, “Beijing, where pollution averaged more than twice China’s national standard last year, will close the last of its four major coal-fired power plants next year.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (3/23/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on March 23rd, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (3/23/15).

  1. The New York Times editorial page writes: “The name of the law at issue before the Supreme Court on Wednesday is the Clean Air Act. It is not the Coal Industry Protection Act, despite what that industry’s advocates seem to want the justices to believe.”
  2. According to the Motley Fool: “Considering that around 46 GW of solar energy capacity was installed in 2014, China is leading the market in both market share and absolute growth. What’s incredible is how good this could be for investors in solar companies.”
  3. The Washington Post reports, “The Obama administration imposed tougher restrictions Friday on oil and gas ‘fracking’ operations on public lands, seeking to lower the risk of water contamination from a controversial practice that is chiefly behind the recent boom in U.S. energy production.”
  4. According to Climate Progress, “Taxpayer-owned coal is the single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress and The Wilderness Society.”
  5. David Roberts of Grist writes, “Filthy Lucre: Constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe sells his soul to Big Coal, makes terrible arguments.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (3/20/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on March 20th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (3/20/15).

  1. Reuters reports, “Electrical grids in Europe claimed success on Friday in managing the unprecedented disruption to solar power from a 2-1/2-hour eclipse that brought sudden, massive drops in supply.”
  2. RenewEconomy explains “why battery system costs may fall 3x faster than solar PV.”
  3. Reuters reports, “Greater cooperation between China and the United States, the two biggest greenhouse gas emitters, has helped create ’strong momentum’ ahead of climate change negotiations due at the end of the year, the U.S. climate envoy said on Friday.”
  4. NRDC’s Switchboard blog describes “A New Tool to Assess the Benefits and Costs of Distributed Energy Resources from the Electric Power Research Institute.”
  5. Climate Progress reports: “On Thursday morning, President Obama signed a new executive order that requires the federal government to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2025 from 2008 levels. A fact sheet distributed by the White House noted that this could boost government renewable energy sources to 30 percent, and save taxpayers $18 billion in energy costs.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (3/19/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on March 19th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (3/19/15).

  1. The New York Times reports, “Outlook for Solar Gets a Bit Brighter.”
  2. David Roberts of Grist writes: “Power utilities are fleeing open competition and seeking security in the sweet, protective bosom of Big Government. You can see this in two concurrent trends.”
  3. The Guardian reports, “The Australian government has been urged to place US-style regulations on coal-fired power plants to ensure they shut down, as a new analysis highlights the vast scale of emissions pumped out by the largest carbon dioxide polluters in the country.”
  4. The Week asks, “Can Google bring solar power to the masses?”
  5. InsideClimate News: “The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making it tougher for governors to deny man-made climate change. Starting next year, the agency will approve disaster preparedness funds only for states whose governors approve hazard mitigation plans that address climate change.”
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