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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (1/19/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on January 19th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (1/19/15).

  1. The Economist makes the case that “[r]enewables are no longer a fad but a fact of life, supercharged by advances in power storage.”
  2. According to Greentech Media: “Falling oil prices will have an extremely limited impact on wholesale or retail electricity prices, which are the core economic drivers for the future of solar. And yet, the situation has been terrible for publicly traded solar companies. Over the last six months, SunEdison’s stock is down almost 20 percent, SolarCity is down 30 percent, and SunPower is down almost 40 percent. This is in spite of the fact that the fundamentals of the industry continue to improve, as most analysts have made clear.”
  3. The New York Times reports on “Green-Energy Inspiration Off the Coast of Denmark.”
  4. RenewEconomy has “new graphs [that shed] some new light on the falling costs of solar technology – both at utility-scale and on rooftops, and show how much further they may fall in coming years.”
  5. Greentech Media explains “How the US Solar-Storage Market Reaches $1B in 3 Years.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (1/16/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on January 16th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (1/16/15).

  1. The Washington Post reports: “At the rate things are going, the Earth in the coming decades could cease to be a ’safe operating space’ for human beings. That is the conclusion of a new paper published Thursday in the journal Science by 18 researchers trying to gauge the breaking points in the natural world.”
  2. According to Carbon Brief, “UK coal use is likely to soon fall back to levels last seen during the industrial revolution, Carbon Brief analysis of official figures suggests.”
  3. Bloomberg reports, “Dubai’s government-owned utility plans to double the size of a solar power project that it expects will produce some of the world’s cheapest electricity.”
  4. According to Greentech Media, “Solar Is Adding Jobs 20 Times Faster Than the Broader Economy, but ‘All Bets Are Off’ in 2017.”
  5. Reuters reports, “Pope Francis said on Thursday he believed that man was primarily responsible for climate change and that he hoped this year’s Paris conference would take a courageous stand to protect the environment.”
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New Poll: Likely 2016 Voters Want Shift to Solar, Wind; Away from Coal, Oil

Posted By Lowell F. on January 16th, 2015

Despite the fossil fuel industry’s well-funded efforts over many years to turn the American public against clean energy, a new poll by Hart Research of likely 2016 voters finds overwhelming support for clean energy.  Check out the graphics below and see for yourself: likely 2016 voters want the federal government to rely more on solar power by a 71-point margin (80%-9%), and to rely more on wind power by a 59-point margin (73%-14%). In stark contrast, those same likely voters want the federal government to rely less on coal by a 34-point margin (55%-21%) and less on oil by a 29-points margin (53%-24%). You can’t much clearer than that.

Also note that likely 2016 voters overwhelmingly do NOT support anti-environmental policies such as weakening protections for our drinking water supplies and clean air; allowing oil and gas drilling in national forests/parks. Again, you can’t get much clearer than that. The question is, what will it take for anti-clean-energy, pro-fossil-fuel members of Congress get the message?

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (1/15/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on January 15th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (1/15/15).

  1. According to the White House, “New Actions to Reduce Methane Emissions Will Curb Climate Change, Cut Down on Wasted Energy.”
  2. An article in Rolling Stone explains “The Logic of Divestment: Why We Have to Kiss Off Big Carbon Now.”
  3. Bloomberg reports: “Almost 174,000 people are working in the U.S. solar industry, compared with 143,000 in 2013 and 93,500 in 2010, according to a report today from the Solar Foundation. Another 36,000 solar jobs may be added this year, including factory workers, salespeople, installers, developers and researchers.”
  4. According to Climate Progress, “The primary waste product created by oil and gas drilling contains two types of potentially hazardous contaminants that have never before been associated with the industry, research published in the peer-reviewed journalEnvironmental Science & Technology on Wednesday revealed.”
  5. Greentech Media reports, “According to a new report by the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, backed by the SunShot Initiative, a fully financed solar PV system costs less than the energy purchased from a residential customer’s local utility in 42 of the 50 largest cities in the United States.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (1/14/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on January 14th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (1/14/15).

  1. RenewEconomy reports, “The growth of rooftop solar and the increased uptake of energy efficiency account for nearly all of the reduced demand in the Australian electricity grid in the last year, according to a new report.”
  2. David Roberts of Grist interviews Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee about his “big climate plan,” carbon “cap-and-trade” proposal, etc.
  3. Bloomberg reports: “The Obama administration plans to require the oil and gas industry to cut methane emissions from the drilling and transportation of fossil fuels by as much as 45 percent over the next decade, another step in its efforts to curb greenhouse gases tied to climate change.”
  4. According to U.S. News & World Report, “Crude has yet to flow through the proposed $5.4 billion Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the U.S., but as the Senate prepares for its second vote on the 1,179-mile project later this month, interest groups have sent hundreds of millions of dollars to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.”
  5. The Tampa Bay Times reports: “Imagine the Christian Coalition and the tea party joining hands with liberals and environmentalists. Add to the Kumbaya moment Libertarians and Florida’s retail business federation. They all plan to unite this morning for a news conference in Tallahassee about their campaign to allow those in Florida who generate electricity from the sun to sell that power directly to other consumers. Right now, that’s illegal here.”
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