Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (12/17/14)

December 17th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (12/17/14).

  1. The New York Times reports, “The Commerce Department began closing a chapter in a protracted trade conflict with China over solar equipment Tuesday, approving a collection of steep tariffs on imports from China and Taiwan.”
  2. PV Tech has industry reaction to the Commerce Department’s decision on solar equipment tariffs.
  3. NRDC’s Switchboard blog writes: “Just over a month after his re-election, Governor Cuomo has been making waves on fracking—telling reporters in recent days that he will make a major decision before the end of the year….A new report out today from NRDC continues to pile on the reasons why now is not the time for the Governor to cave to industry pressure.”
  4. Renewable Energy World addresses the question, “Is India’s Grand Solar Vision Becoming Reality?”
  5. Reuters reports, “The Obama administration as soon as Wednesday will announce its plans for curbing methane emissions from the oil and gas sector, which the United States must do to meet its 2020 target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, people familiar with the issue said Tuesday.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (12/16/14)

December 16th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (12/16/14).

  1. According to the Los Angeles Times, “As Congress’ six-year obsession with Keystone nears a climax, plunging oil prices have industry analysts questioning whether the plan to link Canadian tar sands with Gulf Coast refineries still makes economic sense.”
  2. Greentech Media lists “5 Big Trends in Home Energy in 2014.”
  3. According to the Santa Cruz Sentinel: “Musk’s so-called gigafactory may soon become an existential threat to the 100-year-old utility business model. The facility will also churn out stationary battery packs that can be paired with rooftop solar panels to store power.”
  4. Midwest Energy News reports: “There’s at least one bipartisan piece of legislation moving through Michigan’s lame-duck session: A streamlined loan program for residential customers looking to install renewable energy or efficiency systems on their property.”
  5. DeSmogBlog writes: “U.S. newspapers are helping conservatives push their misleading ‘war on coal’ narrative, according to a new report…a Media Matters analysis of the 233 articles published in major U.S.newspapers this year that mentioned the phrase “war on coal” found that more than half ignored all of these underlying causes of the coal industry’s decline.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (12/15/14)

December 15th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (12/15/14).

  1. The New York Times reports, “Shortly before 2 a.m. on Sunday, after more than 36 straight hours of negotiations, top officials from nearly 200 nations agreed to the first deal committing every country in the world to reducing the fossil fuel emissions that cause global warming.”
  2. Politico asks, “Will cheap oil kill Keystone?”
  3. Bloomberg reports, “OPEC will stand by its decision not to cut output even if oil prices fall as low as $40 a barrel and will wait at least three months before considering an emergency meeting, the United Arab Emirates’ energy minister said.”
  4. DeSmogBlog explains “How Big Oil Got Expedited Permitting for Fracking on Public Lands Into the Defense Bill.”
  5. Bloomberg reports, “Shinzo Abe’s re-election as prime minister risks undercutting Japan’s commitment to clean energy at a time when incentives are under review and the nation’s utilities say they can’t accommodate capacity already planned.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (12/12/14)

December 12th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (12/12/14).

  1. Greentech Media has “The One Chart That Shows Why 2014 Was a Breakthrough Year for Utility-Scale Solar in America.”
  2. Reuters reports, “Whatever the global climate agreement reached next year in Paris looks like, the private sector will need to dramatically step up efforts to cut global carbon emissions, negotiators and analysts said at U.N. climate talks in Lima Thursday.”
  3. According to Clean Technica, “The UK Government has granted approval for the development of Hornsea Project One, a 1.2 GW offshore wind farm to be located in the North Sea which will be the first in a possible 4 GW offshore wind farm zone.”
  4. Politico reports, “The Nebraska Supreme Court could rule as soon as Friday on a legal challenge to Keystone XL’s proposed route through the state, potentially putting the issue back in the hands of President Barack Obama.”
  5. At Grist, David Roberts makes the case that “Wind and solar are much less financially risky than other power projects.”

Sec. of State John Kerry: “Make a transition towards clean energy the only policy that you’ll accept”

December 12th, 2014

The following excerpt from Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech yesterday at the climate talks in Lima, Peru, explains very well that dealing with climate change is a “win-win” situation — maintaining a habitable planet while stimulating enormous economic growth by switching from dirty to clean energy. As Secretary Kerry put it, it’s time to “make a transition towards clean energy the only policy that you’ll accept.” We couldn’t agree more.

In economic terms – bottom line, in economic terms, this is not a choice between bad and worse, not at all. This is a choice between growing or shrinking your economy. And what we don’t hear enough of is the most important news of all, that climate change presents one of the greatest economic opportunities of all time on earth.

I said earlier that the solution to climate change is as clear as the problem. It’s here. The solution is energy policy. Well, let’s take a look at that.

The global energy market of the future is poised to be the largest market the world has ever known. The market which grew the United States of America during the 1990s, when we had unprecedented wealth creation – more wealth creation in America in the 1990s than in the 1920s, when we had no income tax and you’ve heard of the names of Rockefeller and Carnegie and Mellon and so forth – more was created in the 1990s. Every quintile of our income earners went up in their income. Guess what? It was a $1 trillion market with one billion users. It was the computer, high-tech mobile device.

The energy market today is a $6 trillion dollar market with 4 to 5 billion users today, and it’s going to go up to that 9 billion users. By comparison, if you looked at the differential, this is an opportunity to put millions of people to work building the infrastructure, doing the transition, and pulling us back from this brink.

Between now and 2035, investment in the energy sector is expected to reach nearly $17 trillion. And that’s without us giving some of the price signals that we ought to be giving to the marketplace to make this transition. That’s more than the entire GDP of China and India combined. Imagine the opportunities for clean energy innovation. Imagine the businesses that could be launched, the jobs that’d be created, in every corner of the globe.

The only question is are we going to do it fast enough to make the difference. The technology is out there. Make no mistake, it’s out there now. None of this is beyond our capacity… Make a transition towards clean energy the only policy that you’ll accept