Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (4/14/14)

April 14th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (4/14/14).

  1. The Guardian reports: “Mitigation of Climate Change, by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a panel of 200 scientists, will make it clear that by far the most realistic option for the future is to triple or even quadruple the use of renewable power plants.”
  2. According to The Telegraph: “Solar power has won the global argument. Photovoltaic energy is already so cheap that it competes with oil, diesel and liquefied natural gas in much of Asia without subsidies.”
  3. Wen Stephenson reports in The Nation: “…a large and distinguished group of faculty at Harvard University released an open letter to President Drew Gilpin Faust and the Harvard Corporation. It calls, in striking terms, for divestment of the university’s endowment—the largest university endowment in the world—from fossil-fuel corporations.”
  4. Tor “Solar Fred” Valenza asks at Renewable Energy World, “How Much Are Your Solar Facebook Fans Worth?” The answer: “Around $403 Each.”
  5. Inside Climate News reports on “Grim Predictions for South Texas Air Quality Amid Eagle Ford Oil Boom.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (4/11/14)

April 11th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (4/11/14).

  1. Renewable Energy World reports: “IKEA is at it again. In an effort to achieve its goal of producing more renewable energy than it consumes by 2020, the retail giant announced yesterday that it has purchased the 98-MW Hoopeston wind farm in Illinois. This purchase marks its first wind project investment in the U.S. and largest renewables investment globally.”
  2. Media Matters analyzes “How Mainstream Media Misled On The Success Of The Clean Energy Loan Program.”
  3. The Guardian reports, “Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for an anti-apartheid-style boycott and disinvestment campaign against the fossil fuel industry for driving global warming, just days ahead of a landmark UN report on how carbon emissions can be slashed.”
  4. According to Climate Progress, “Solar power could soon be used directly in the manufacturing of new solar cells, making production of a key chemical require zero energy.”
  5. Greentech Media reports on “How Japan Replaced Half Its Nuclear Capacity With Efficiency.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (4/10/14)

April 10th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (4/10/14).

  1. Bloomberg reports, “Mike Bloomberg, the United Nations special envoy on cities and climate, said U.S. tariffs on solar cells are helping a handful of manufacturers more than the American public.”
  2. According to Renewable Energy World, “In the third report of a landmark climate assessment, the IPCC is expected to say that to keep warming in check, the world needs a major shift in investments from fossil fuels — the principal source of man-made carbon emissions — to renewable energy.”
  3. The Guardian reports: “A Conservative party plan to limit the number of onshore windfarms would drive up household energy bills, according to the UK’s most eminent engineers. Replacing a single banned onshore turbine with offshore wind power, which is more expensive, would cost £300,000 a year more in subsidies, with the extra cost being added to bills”
  4. According to Greentech Media: “For years, the Environmental Protection Agency has been waging its own less-known campaign to support projects on disturbed, polluted lands. And it now has a record-breaking project to claim.”
  5. Bloomberg reports, Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s “forecast, based on projects already in the pipeline, shows a 37 percent increase in annual installations in the next two years. Installation will almost triple to 290 gigawatts in 2030. The switch to renewables is speeding up, not slowing down.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (4/9/14)

April 9th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (4/9/14).

  1. Bloomberg reports, “Crowdfunding may supply the rooftop solar projects with $5 billion of investment within five years, more than 50 times the amount raised to date.”
  2. According to National Geographic, “Four years after the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, several species of wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico are still struggling to recover, according to a new report released today.”
  3. Greentech Media reports: “Natural gas was the clear winner in capacity additions for electric utilities in 2013, but grid-scale solar was the clear runner-up, providing about 22 percent of new generating capacity…Solar’s contribution is up significantly from 2012, when it provided less than 6 percent of new generation…”
  4. NRDC highlights how, “Through Solar Jobs, Veterans Find a Continuation in Mission to Serve Nation and Environment.”
  5. Bloomberg reports, “Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer is lobbying for a new law in California that would force energy companies to share as much as $2 billion of the state’s oil wealth with residents.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (4/8/14)

April 8th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (4/8/14).

  1. Bloomberg reports, “U.S. Wind Power Blows New Records. Again. And Again.”
  2. According to Greentech Media, “Capital Keeps Pouring Into Booming US Residential Solar Market.”
  3. The Hill reports, “The chairman of the Senate committee that oversees transportation issues said Monday that oil companies are dragging their feet on providing data to regulators about the safety of freight trains that are used to carry crude oil.”
  4. According to Climate Progress: “The 300,000-member group,, is calling on President Obama to reject the pipeline, which would bring Canadian tar sands oil down to refineries in nearby Texas and Louisiana cities. According to Presente executive director Arturo Carmona, the communities that surround those refineries are largely Latino, meaning any accident involving the heavy crude oil would disproportionately impact Hispanic families.”
  5. Bloomberg reports, “A Landscape of Fire Rises Over North Dakota’s Gas Fields” and “It’s a hellish scene.”