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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (5/18/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on May 18th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (5/18/15).

  1. The BBC reports, “Hundreds of people in kayaks and small boats have staged a protest in the north-western US port city of Seattle against oil drilling in the Arctic by the Shell energy giant.”
  2. According to USA Today, “U.S. natural gas projects face Keystone-like resistance.”
  3. The Guardian reports, “Australia’s solar industry has warned it will campaign against the Coalition in the lead up to the next federal election after an agreement was finally reached to cut the renewable energy target to 33,000 gigawatt hours.”
  4. Mike Gaworecki of DeSmogBlog asks, “Are We Witnessing The Beginning Of The End For Fossil Fuels?”
  5. Greentech Media reports, “Local Governments Win Solar at 9 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour With Collaborative Procurement.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (5/15/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on May 15th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (5/15/15).

  1. Renewable Energy World reports, “Coast to Coast and Across the Electric System, Microgrids Provide Benefits to All.”
  2. According to Quartz, “China is on track for the biggest reduction in coal use ever recorded.”
  3. The New York Times reports: “Duke Energy, the nation’s largest utility corporation, pleaded guilty on Thursday to criminal violations of the federal Clean Water Act for the discharge of coal ash, a potentially toxic waste product, and for a failure to properly maintain equipment at a number of power plants in its home state of North Carolina. The company also agreed to pay $102 million in fines and environmental fees.”
  4. RenewEconomy explains “Why Australia will lead the world in solar + storage.”
  5. Mother Jones reports on the pipeline that Texans “are freaking out over” — the Trans-Pecos natural gas pipeline.
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (5/14/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on May 14th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (5/14/15).

  1. ABC News reports, “Patriot Coal Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday for the second time in three years and said it is involved in active negotiations for the sale of the company.”
  2. According to Renewable Energy World, “Prime Minister David Cameron named a vocal opponent of onshore wind farms to a junior post in the U.K. energy department, reinforcing his Conservative government’s effort to halt the spread of turbines in rural areas.”
  3. RenewEconomy reports, “Australia could reach 100 per cent renewables as early as 2040 by adding 1.9GW of solar PV and 1.9GW of wind power capacity a year, according to one of Australia’s top renewable energy experts.”
  4. Mike Gaworecki of DeSmogBlog writes: “The coal industry performs horribly on jobs. In fact, you could say that the modern coal industry is about as anti-jobs as it gets.”
  5. In The Hill, Jim Reilly of AWEA debunks “the latest spin from the anti-wind lobby.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (5/13/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on May 13th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (5/13/15).

  1. The Guardian reports, “Environmental groups and experts hit out at the US government on Tuesday following its announcement that the Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell would be allowed to resume offshore exploration and drilling in the Arctic’s American waters.”
  2. An editorial in the San Antonio Express-News argues: “Wind power has been so successful in Texas that production has easily surpassed mandates the state set for 2025. Given such success, it’s disappointing some state lawmakers want to call it quits.”
  3. InsideClimate News reports, “Pipeline giant Enbridge, Inc., is in a standoff with a Wisconsin zoning committee over the company’s plans to vastly increase the amount of tar sands oil pumped through one of its lines.”
  4. According to The Guardian, “The FBI breached its own internal rules when it spied on campaigners against the Keystone XL pipeline, failing to get approval before it cultivated informants and opened files on individuals protesting against the construction of the pipeline in Texas, documents reveal.”
  5. CNN reports, “We’re burning through the Earth’s carbon budget.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (5/12/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on May 12th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (5/12/15).

  1. The Guardian reports, “The US government has given Shell approval to restart drilling in the Arctic despite repeated warnings from environmentalists that it could lead to an ecological disaster. “
  2. According to Midwest Energy News, “As the oil and gas industry pushes for new laws exempting information about pipeline infrastructure from being released to the public in the name of national security, advocates say doing so could actually increase the risk for everyone.”
  3. SeeNews Renewables reports, “German energy group RWE AG (ETR:RWE) on Monday inaugurated the 295-MW Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm, in German waters, and said it will commission the 576-MW Gwynt y Mor farm, off Wales, next month.”
  4. Media Matters explains that several state attorneys general “have formed what a New York Times investigation described as an ‘unprecedented, secretive alliance’ with the fossil fuel industry against the Obama administration’s environmental policies.”
  5. Climate Progress reports, “A seemingly low-profile proposal from a little-known natural resources agency in the Department of the Interior (DOI) has attracted a record-breaking 210,000 public comments from taxpayers, who argue that they are not receiving a fair share of revenues from the mining of coal on U.S. public lands.”
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