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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (2/20/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on February 20th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (2/20/15).

  1. Greentech Media has “7 Charts That Show Electric Power Sector Priorities for 2015 and Beyond.”
  2. Utility Dive explains “How the West’s new Energy Imbalance Market is building a smarter energy system.”
  3. Media Matters writes: “Conservative media outlets are broadly attacking clean energy and the environmental movement by falsely alleging that prominent environmental philanthropist Tom Steyer has ‘deep ties’ to the recent scandal involving Cylvia Hayes, the fiancée of former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber who failed to publicly disclose that she was being paid by a clean energy group while also advising Kitzhaber on clean energy issues. In reality, there is no evidence that Steyer funded Hayes, or that Steyer has any other connection to the scandal.”
  4. According to Bloomberg, “Deutsche Bank AG said it’s working to boost its investment in green bonds to 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion), joining competitors including Citigroup Inc. and Barclays Plc in tapping profit from the quickly growing market.”
  5. The Guardian reports, “Landmark EU fuel quality directive gets a reprieve, opening the way for more-polluting tar sands oil to be taxed at a higher rate effectively pricing it out of the market.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (2/19/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on February 19th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (2/19/15).

  1. Bloomberg reports, “Citigroup Inc. plans to lend, invest and facilitate deals worth $100 billion by 2025 to support projects that will fight climate change and protect the environment.”
  2. According to Politico, “The downfall of [Oregon Gov. John] Kitzhaber — the Democrat who last week said he would resign because of conflict-of-interest allegations over his first lady’s consulting contracts — hands conservatives on and off Capitol Hill ammunition to use against billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, green nonprofit groups and national Democrats advocating clean energy.”
  3. The Wall Street Journal reports, “The crude-oil train that derailed and exploded in West Virginia on Monday consisted of modern tanker cars the rail industry has hailed as safe, ratcheting up the debate over proposed federal rules that could require even stronger safeguards.”
  4. Greentech Media explains “How Hybridization Can Boost the Economics of Energy Storage.”
  5. Climate Progress reports, “According to the same PHMSA dataset, compiled and analysed by theInternational Energy Agency, U.S. pipelines spilled three times as much crude oil as trains over that eight-year period, even though incidents happened much less frequently.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (2/18/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on February 18th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (2/18/15).

  1. The Guardian reports: “Plans for the world’s biggest offshore windfarm have been given the green light by the energy secretary, with planning permission for an array of up to 400 turbines 80 miles off the Yorkshire coast on the Dogger Bank. The project, more than twice the size of the UK’s current biggest offshore windfarm, is expected to cost £6bn to £8bn and could fulfil 2.5% of the UK’s electricity needs.”
  2. According to NRDC’s Switchboard blog, “India’s 100 GW Solar Target Could Create 1 Million Jobs by 2022.”
  3. The Guardian reports, “British food security is not being harmed by the spread of solar panels in the countryside as claimed by the UK’s environment secretary, documents from her own department reveal.”
  4. According to the Washington Post, “Federal agencies are documenting a dramatic rise in the number of rail mishaps involving oil tankers in the last three years, as North American producers scramble to find ways to transport surging oil output to markets.”
  5. Clean Technica reports: “The Tanzanian government has announced an initiative to get solar power to one million homes by the end of 2017. It is expected that achieving this goal will also create about 15,000 solar jobs and create solar power for about 10% of Tanzania’s population.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (2/17/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on February 17th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (2/17/15).

  1. The Tampa Bay Times reports, “Solar proponents plan to announce today that they collected 100,000 signatures in the first month of a [Florica] state petition drive to allow those who generate electricity from the sun to sell the power directly to other consumers.”
  2. Carl Pope of the Sierra Club argues at EcoWatch that “utilities cannot survive on their present models” and that they need to “embrace [the] renewable energy revolution, not get run over by it.”
  3. Greentech Media reports, “Imergy Power Systems just introduced its third generation vanadium flow battery, claiming it offers a low-cost, high-performance energy storage solution for large-scale applications, including peak demand management, frequency regulation and the integration of intermittent renewable energy sources.”
  4. According to Midwest Energy News, South Dakota is aiming “to ease [the] tax burden on wind development.”
  5. Climate Progress reports, “Crude oil is pouring into a river that supplies drinking water and approximately 1,000 people have been evacuated from their homes due to an oil train derailment and explosion in southern West Virginia on Monday, according to media reports.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (2/16/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on February 16th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (2/16/15).

  1. Bloomberg reports, “India said cheaper credit along with foreign investment will help the world’s third-largest polluter fund an ambitious renewable energy program that would build green power plants faster than China.”
  2. According to the New York Times, “Lawmakers hoping to wean Washington State off coal power are trying to ease the way for the state’s utilities to end the electricity they get from coal.”
  3. The Guardian reports, “The chairman of parliament’s energy and climate change committee has joined those warning the fossil fuel industry to take the threat of stranded assets seriously, and believes Shell is wrong to write off critics as naive.”
  4. According to Inside Climate News, “Such highly publicized [fossil fuel divestment] campaigns may be aimed at mega-money managers, but combined with other climate change initiatives, they have helped convince a growing wave of smaller players and individuals to rethink their investments too.”
  5. The Economic Times reports, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India has the potential to lead the world in the domain of renewable energy, describing the narrowing difference between the cost of solar and conventional energy as a ‘game changer’ for the sector.”
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