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Posted By Lowell F. on November 21st, 2013
Here are five recommended reads for today (11/21/13).
- According to DeSmog Blog, “Oil Change International released a briefing paper today at COP19 in Warsaw revealing that subsidies lavished on the fossil fuel industry by wealthy industrialized nations add up to more than five times the amount of climate finance aid the same countries have so far pledged to deliver to poorer nations to reduce their global warming emissions and adapt to manmade climate change.”
- Washington Post “Fact Checker” Glenn Kessler gives “Three Pinnochios” to TransCanada for “the two main headlines in its] ad claim that 40,000 jobs will be created and that the pipeline will eliminate reliance on foreign energy”
- Renew Economy reports, “An Australian founded clean energy company that is allowing slum-dwellers in India to replace expensive and highly polluting kerosene lamps with cheaper solar energy is to receive an award at the UN climate change talks on Wednesday.”
- According to The Guardian: “The climate crisis of the 21st century has been caused largely by just 90 companies, which between them produced nearly two-thirds of the greenhouse gas emissions generated since the dawning of the industrial age, new research suggests. The companies range from investor-owned firms – household names such as Chevron, Exxon and BP – to state-owned and government-run firms.”
- The Hill reports, “The United Kingdom said Wednesday that it would join the United States in largely halting funding for coal plant construction in developing nations, drawing cheers from the White House”
Posted By Lowell F. on November 20th, 2013
Here are five recommended reads for today (11/20/13).
- The New York Times reports: “Gov. John W. Hickenlooper of Colorado proposed on Monday tough new limits on leaks of methane and other gases from well sites and storage tanks. Supporters called the limits, which would exceed existing federal rules, the most sweeping in the nation.”
- Todd Woody writes in The Atlantic about “Why China’s Solar Building Boom Is Good for the United States.”
- Bloomberg reports: “The movement is an offshoot of a campaign by more than 70 investors to pressure all fossil-fuel industries on climate change. It harks to the 1990s anti-tobacco push and is gaining help from unlikely partners. The International Energy Agency, a 28-nation group promoting energy security, is lobbying increasingly to limit the release of heat-trapping gases.”
- According to Greentech Media, “Utility customers are hungry for green energy — and more of them are willing to buy it from their utility than to generate it on their own.”
- DesmogBlog reports, “America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) – the public relations arm of the oil and gas fracking industry – has released its2012 Internal Revenue Services (IRS) 990 form, and it’s rich with eye-opening revelations, some of which we report here for the first time.”
Posted By Lowell F. on November 19th, 2013
Here are five recommended reads for today (11/19/13).
- The Dallas Morning News asks, “Could first U.S. offshore wind farm be in Texas?,” adding that “After years of struggles, offshore wind power developers hope they are turning a corner.”
- The Guardian reports, “A serious oil spill in the Arctic is a “dead cert” if drilling goes ahead, with potentially devastating consequences for the pristine region, according to a leading marine scientist who played a key role in analysis of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill.”
- According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “Solar Power Could Be A Total Game-changer — But They Still Need To Figure Out One Thing” – storage.
- The NRDC Switchboard blog reports: “Electric cars have a long way to go, with only about 150,000 on the road today. But all the signs of approaching a tipping point are there”
- Greentech Media asks, “Can a Historic Coal State Like Virginia Create a Real Solar Market?”
Posted By Lowell F. on November 18th, 2013
Here are five recommended reads for today (11/18/13).
- According to Greentech Media, “As ALEC Shifts Its RPS Opposition Strategy, State Law Favors Renewables.”
- The New York Times reports, “In voting to impose a modest charge on new residential solar customers, Arizona’s power regulators have ended, for the moment, a bitter fight between the rooftop solar industry and the state’s main electric utility.”
- Ucilia Wang writes in Forbes that “[First Solar] said Friday it plans to spend about $100 million on developing solar power plants in the Asian country that intensified its renewable energy development following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011.”
- Reuters reports, “California is set to nearly double its wind and solar power generation over the next seven years as utility companies try to meet the state’s requirement to source 33 percent of energy from renewables by 2020, reliability regulators said.”
- Todd Woody writes at The Atlantic about “Red States, Green Power,” noting that “Wind energy is supplying up to 60 percent of electricity demand on record-setting days in some states.”
Posted By Lowell F. on November 15th, 2013
Here are five recommended reads for today (11/15/13).
- Bloomberg reports: “The Arizona Corporation Commission agreed in a 3-to-2 vote yesterday that Arizona Public Service Co. may collect about $4.90 a month from new customers who provide excess power from solar panels to the utility. About 18,000 homes that are served by the company and already have solar systems won’t be affected.”
- According to The Oklahoman: “The Tennessee Valley Authority on Thursday announced plans to retire coal plants that generate more than 3,000 megawatts of electricity. The move seems to prove there is a market for Clean Line Energy Partners, which plans to build a $2 billion direct-current transmission line stretching across Oklahoma and Arkansas.”
- The Wall Street Journal reports, “KKR & Co. and Google Inc. have struck a pact to invest about $400 million in six solar-power plants being built by Recurrent Energy LLC in California and Arizona, according to people familiar with the matter.”
- “According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration: “Several large, new solar thermal power plants are expected to begin commercial operation by the end of 2013, more than doubling the solar thermal generating capacity in the United States. The projects use different solar thermal technologies and storage options. Abengoa’s Solana plant, which came on line in October 2013, is a 250-megawatt (MW) parabolic trough plant in Gila Bend, Arizona with integrated thermal storage. BrightSource’s Ivanpah, expected to enter service by the end of 2013, is a 391-MW power tower plant in California’s Mojave Desert and does not include storage.”
- Greentech Media reports: “Earlier this month, SolarCity executed on a solar financing milestone. SolarCity announced its intent to offer a private placement of $54.4 million of an ‘aggregate principal amount of Solar Asset Backed Notes, Series 2013-1 with a scheduled maturity date of December 2026′…That means we’ve entered the world of securitized solar, and it’s the first time it’s being employed for distributed PV.”