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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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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (10/7/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on October 7th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (10/7/14).

  1. RenewEconomy discusses “How battery storage costs could plunge below $100/kWh.”
  2. Climate Progress explains “Why Solar Power Is Taking Off At Airports Across The Country.”
  3. The Hill reports: “The Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a business group’s claim that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2008 rules for ground-level ozone are too strict. The Monday decision leaves intact the 75 parts-per-billion ozone standard put in place by the Bush administration, lowered from the previous 80 parts per billion.”
  4. Greentech Media asks an interesting question: “Regulation of Telecom and Electric Power: Divergent History, Common Future?”
  5. FuelFix reports, “A proposed $5 billion pipeline that would deliver natural gas to the Southeast is finding pockets of opposition along its planned path in West Virginia and Virginia, where it would carve through two national forests.”
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“What would you rather do: burn 714 pounds of coal or put up 100 square meters of solar power?”

Posted By Lowell F. on October 6th, 2014

“What would you rather do: burn 714 pounds of coal or put up 100 square meters of solar power?” That’s the question Michael Kanellos asks at Forbes magazine, with regard to “how much energy it would take to keep a 100 watt light bulb burning for an entire year.” The answer truly sheds light (pun intended) on how, to quote Kanellos, “A Light Bulb Shows How Solar And Wind Beat Coal.” Check out the graphic below, and note that you could power your hypothetical light bulb either with: a) 2 hours, 20 minutes and 9 seconds from a 1.5 MW wind turbine at 25% capacity; b) “8 days, 8 hours and 14 seconds of energy from 100 square meters of solar panels”; or c) 714 pounds of coal.  When you consider the environmental devastation caused by coal, and the fact that wind and solar are clean, renewable, and essentially free (when it comes to the power source itself), the answer should be a no-brainer for just about anyone besides the Koch brothers.

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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (10/6/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on October 6th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (10/6/14).

  1. RenewEconomy reports: “The Australian government – and ministers Greg Hunt and Ian Macfarlane in particular, like to tell everyone how much they support renewable energy. But they seem to be doing their level best to trash the industry in Australia.”
  2. Greentech Media addresses the question, “How Are Electric Utilities Really Using Grid Edge Analytics?”
  3. The Guardian reports, “A 40% cut in energy use by 2030 through efficiency measures would increase the UK’s GDP by £62bn and create 40,000 new jobs, according to unpublished EU figures.”
  4. Renewable Energy World editor Jennifer Runyon lists “7 Renewable Energy Lessons from Germany.”
  5. The Lynchburg (VA) News & Advance reports: “Five Nelson County residents filed a lawsuit against Dominion Transmission in an attempt to keep the 550-mile pipeline, also known as the Southeast Reliability Project, out of Nelson County. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in the United States District Court in Charlottesville, asked the court to declare unconstitutional a Virginia statute relevant to the pipeline proposal.
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