Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (5/7/15)

May 7th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (5/7/15).

  1. Bentham Paulos of Grist explains “Why the Koch brothers’ war against clean energy is still failing.”
  2. Brad Plumer of Vox explains “What Alberta’s shocking election results could mean for the oil sands.”
  3. RenewEconomy explains “What the Tesla Powerwall battery means for households.”
  4. In the New York Times, Thomas Friedman writes about “Germany, the Green Superpower.”
  5. Midwest Energy News interviews the director of the University of Michigan’s Energy Institute about Michigan’s energy future.

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (5/6/15)

May 6th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (5/6/15).

  1. Climate Progress reports: “Coal, when burned, is a major carbon emitter, and is increasingly being mined out of publicly-owned lands in the Rockies. But a group of 11 ski towns is now fighting back against cheap Western coal, the cost of which they say is being kept low due to a federal loophole.”
  2. According to Midwest Energy News, “While the Environmental Protection Agency recommends Minnesota meet carbon targets through efficiency and natural gas, a recent report says renewable energy — particularly wind — may be a cheaper option.”
  3. InsideClimate News reports, “A popular scientific instrument used to measure methane leaks from oil and gas operations severely underestimates emissions under certain conditions, a preliminary study found. The results could have major implications for federal policies as the Obama administration moves to regulate methane from the natural gas industry.”
  4. MITEI released a report, “The Future of Solar Energy,” which highlighted “enormous potential, technology and policy challenges for solar.”
  5. The Guardian reports, “The leftwing New Democrats have won election in the Canadian province of Alberta, ending a 44-year run by the Progressive Conservatives amid promises to review oversight of the oil and gas sector in the heart of Canada’s oil sands.”

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

May 5th, 2015

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

  1. Reuters reports: “Solar energy’s time in the sun may be at hand. Prices have fallen so low that, in some countries, electricity from the sun can be far cheaper than that generated by fossil fuels.”
  2. The Rainforest Action Network is out with a “report card” that “rates the coal financing policies and practices of the largest global banks and highlights key case studies of global coal mining and power companies.”
  3. The Washington Post reports, “The Obama administration’s proposed curbs on coal-burning power plants could prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart attack and respiratory disease, scientists said Monday in the first peer-reviewed study to examine the measure’s health impacts.”
  4. According to Chris Mooney of the Washington Post, “The world needs to triple its investments in clean energy research, suggests a new study by the Paris-based International Energy Agency, if we’re to have a chance of keeping the world below 2 degrees Celsius of warming above pre-industrial levels — a level beyond which truly dangerous climate change might set in”
  5. The Wall Street Journal reports, “The Supreme Court said on Monday it would consider whether a federal regulator overstepped its authority with a rule to promote energy conservation using incentives for big energy consumers to cut power use.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (5/4/15)

May 4th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (5/4/15).

  1. According to RenewEconomy, “Tesla battery storage will accelerate exit of coal generators.”
  2. At Greentech Media, the “Energy Gang talks with AWEA’s CEO about where America’s wind industry is headed.”
  3. The Hill reports, “The American Wind Energy Association released a study Thursday reporting that 100 wind power projects with a generating capacity of 13,600 megawatts are under construction in 23 states during the first quarter of the year.”
  4. At the NRDC Switchboard blog, Katharine McCormick argues, “Low-income people and those on fixed-incomes could benefit hugely from the Clean Power Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to reduce the dangerous carbon pollution from our nation’s power plants.”
  5. Forest Ethics has a “critical assessment” by several environmental groups of “long-awaited new safety standards for rail tank cars used to haul volatile Bakken and tar sands crude oil.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (5/1/15)

May 1st, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (5/1/15).

  1. Chris Mooney of the Washington Post explains “Why Tesla’s announcement is such a big deal: The coming revolution in energy storage.”
  2. According to TechCrunch, “Tesla’s $3,000 Powerwall Will Let Households Run Entirely On Solar Energy.”
  3. DeSmogBlog reports: “Documents obtained by DeSmogBlog reveal an alarming rate of corrosion to parts of TransCanada’s Keystone 1 pipeline. A mandatory inspection test revealed a section of the pipeline’s wall had corroded 95%, leaving it paper-thin in one area (one-third the thickness of a dime) and dangerously thin in three other places, leading TransCanada to immediately shut it down. The cause of the corrosion is being kept from the public by federal regulators and TransCanada.”
  4. According to Boston Magazine, “Fossil Fuel Investments Cost Harvard $21 Million in Past Three Years.”
  5. The Guardian reports: “The UK’s fourth largest Christian church has said it could rule out future investments in the dirtiest fossil fuels, such as oil and coal from tar sands. The Methodists have deep roots in UK mining and manage £1.1bn of investments for charities and pension funds.”