Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (7/16/14)

July 16th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (7/16/14).

  1. The Miami Herald reports, “In an effort to push Gov. Rick Scott into the debate on climate change, 10 prominent scientists from the state’s top universities on Tuesday asked for an opportunity to explain to him the impact human-induced global warming will have on Florida.”
  2. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, “Significant fuel economy improvement options exist for light-duty gasoline vehicles.”
  3. Inside Climate News provides a timeline of the Koch brothers’ 50 years in the tar sands business.
  4. According to Renewable Energy World, “In a move that many in the solar industry applauded, a World Trade Organization panel found that the US government overstepped its bounds when it imposed tariffs on solar panels and other goods from China..”
  5. Greentech Media reports: “The Central American solar market will soon be making headlines. With more than 2.3 gigawatts expected to be installed over the next five years, we expect Central America to account for more than one-third of all PV demand in the Latin America region.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (7/15/14)

July 15th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (7/15/14).

  1. Tom Steyer explains in Politico Magazine “How Climate Change Changed Me.”
  2. Time Magazine reports, “Electric Cars Will Change the Way You Power Your Home.”
  3. According to Grist, “Thanks to the fracking boom, we’re wasting more money than ever on fossil fuel subsidies.”
  4. Climate Progress reports: “Zurich Insurance Group, Switzerland’s biggest insurer, intends to double its planned investments in green bonds, according to Bloomberg. The 75th biggest publicly traded company in the world as of 2013, Zurich had already intended to invest $1 billion. But now it’s upped that to $2 billion, citing the bonds’ growing appeal in Europe.”
  5. At Greentech Media, Tam Hunt explains “Why It Makes Sense to Pair Solar With Electric Vehicles.”

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

July 14th, 2014

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

  1. The Washington Post reports, “A new government study traces the decline in abundance [of fish in West Virginia's Appalachian mountains] to mountaintop removal, the controversial coal mining practice of clear cutting trees from mountains before blowing off their tops with explosives.”
  2. A new study by the University of Michigan finds, “Because the strong currents in the Straits of Mackinac reverse direction every few days, a rupture of the oil pipeline beneath the channel would quickly contaminate shorelines miles away in both lakes Michigan and Huron.”
  3. Midwest Energy News reports, “The Iowa Supreme Court ruled July 11 that a solar installation atop a municipal services center in Dubuque does not violate Iowa law, a decision experts called potentially ground-breaking for the spread of rooftop solar power.”
  4. Meg Cichon writes at Renewable Energy World: ”The U.S. Atlantic coast is a hotbed of offshore wind potential with more than 16,000 MW already designated for development. In order for projects to become reality, state and local governments need to take action, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).”
  5. Greentech Media reports: “According to July’s PV Pulse, released this week, quarterly global module spot prices hit 63 cents per watt, an all-time low. GTM Research cites several reasons for the fall in spot prices.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (7/11/14)

July 11th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (7/11/14).

  1. The Guardian reports: “An umbrella group of churches, which represents over half a billion Christians worldwide, has decided to pull its investments out of fossil fuel companies. The move by the World Council of Churches, which has 345 member churches including the Church of England but not the Catholic church, was welcomed as a “major victory” by climate campaigners who have been calling on companies and institutions such as pension funds, universities and local governments to divest from coal, oil and gas.”
  2. Bill McKibben writes at the Huffington Post about the “New York Times, which for a while last Friday had at the very top of its website a strange story excoriating an investor named Tom Steyer, who more than a year ago divested his holdings in fossil fuel companies, and when he couldn’t and when he knew he couldn’t square his new personal beliefs with the investment mandate of the firm he’d founded, he quit his job.”
  3. Gigaom reports, “Solar startup Sungevity is pulling in as much data as it can to help convince potential solar customers to buy solar panels for their rooftops — including data from frickin’ laser beams from the sky.”
  4. The National Wildlife Federation is out with a new report about how “strong, consistent winds offshore can provide power to coastal states right when we need it most, bringing down energy costs and local pollution.”
  5. Climate Progress reports, “The company responsible for letting 10,000 gallons of a mysterious chemical seep into West Virginia’s drinking water supply this past January was fined $11,000 by the U.S. Department of Labor on Monday, just two days before the six-month anniversary of the historic spill.”

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

July 10th, 2014

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

  1. Gigaom reports, “While solar companies descend on San Francisco this week, it’s the batteries that everyone’s talking about.”
  2. According to the Washington Post, “The Nebraska Supreme Court will announce as soon as Thursday that it will hear oral arguments in the case over the Keystone XL pipeline’s route in early September, effectively postponing any final federal decision on the controversial project until after the midterm elections.”
  3. The Price of Oil reports: “A new report by Oil Change International, Cashing in on All of the Above: U.S. Fossil Fuel Production Subsidies under Obama, demonstrates the huge and growing amount of subsidies going to the fossil fuel industry in the U.S. every year. In 2013, the U.S. federal and state governments gave away $21.6 billion in subsidies for oil, gas, and coal exploration and production.”
  4. According to the Coal Tattoo, “Here in West Virginia, we’re putting a mountaintop removal mine next to a public forest that many residents of Charleston and the surrounding area consider a jewel — the sort of thing that makes the region a better place to live and raise a family, or to visit and spend tourism dollars.”
  5. Climate Progress reports, “Using census data, ForestEthics estimates that more than 25 million Americans live within a one mile zone that must be evacuated in case of an oil train fire — what the group calls the ‘blast zone.’”