Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (5/14/15)

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.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (5/13/15)

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.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (5/12/15)

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.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (5/11/15)

May 11th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (5/11/15).

  1. The Guardian reports, “Tesla’s low-cost renewable battery could revolutionise Africa’s energy supply.”
  2. According to Zachary Shahan of CleanTechnica, “Building off of a strong January and February, new electricity generation capacity added in the USA in March brought the 1st quarter split to 84% for all renewables, 81% for solar + wind.”
  3. Midwest Energy News reports, “With one of the richest wind resources in the U.S., Iowa is well positioned to breeze past not only its own Clean Power Plan carbon-reduction requirements, but also help with those of a half-dozen neighboring states as well.”
  4. According to Climate Progress, ” A new report from the Government Accountability Office notes another unfortunate side effect of this inefficiency [in the leak of methane during oil and gas operations on public lands]: the loss of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars each year.”
  5. In The Hill, Corey Cantor of the Clean Energy Leadership Institute argues: ‘The Clean Power Plan is a strong framework that paves the way for further investment in clean energy, will improve standing abroad, reduce carbon emissions, and help solve a problem that many voters deem alarming. Instead of re-litigating old battles, Congress and our next president should embrace this opportunity to invest in the future of America’s energy economy.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (5/8/15)

May 8th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (5/8/15).

  1. Greentech Media reports, “Tesla Fields 40,000 Reservations for Battery Storage and Logs a $1B Revenue Quarter.”
  2. According to InsideClimate News: “An influential science journal has issued a correction to a paper on fracking and water safety, after revelations that the authors did not disclose their financial ties to energy giant Chesapeake Energy. The correction was prompted by an article in InsideClimate News in April.”
  3. Bloomberg reports: “Investors may want to steer clear of oil sands developers and coal producers and buy royalty stocks and companies with assets outside Alberta. That’s the advice of portfolio managers and analysts after energy stocks declined Wednesday following the surprise election victory by the New Democratic Party in Alberta.”
  4. According to Greentech Media, “The opportunities for demand response in Europe are growing — and REstore is raising money to grow with them.”
  5. The Guardian reports, “Coal mining companies pose an increasingly risky investment, according to the Bank of America, which has said it will continue to reduce its financing of the sector.”