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Dec 25, 2012

Energy News: The Week in Review (Dec. 17, 2012)


Ev ChargingHere’s a cross-section of the energy conversations that took center stage last week:

The New York Times reported on why renters use more electricity, based on a University of California, Berkeley study that looked at the likelihood of finding Energy Star-rated appliances in owner-occupied versus rental units.

AutoblogGreen reported that Green Car Journal—which gives out the Green Car of the Year Award—has announced nominees for the new Green Car Technology Award.

The International Energy Agency predicts that coal will soon overtake oil as the world’s top energy source, with increased coal consumption by 2017 equal to that of today’s U.S. and Russia combined, noted the Guardian.

Opower’s Outlier offered up “10 energy numbers to remember from 2012.”

Sustainable Business reported that IBM is spearheading an effort to enable EV drivers to utilize public charging stations throughout Europe, regardless of their “home” service or network.

NRDC’s Switchboard predicts that 2013 could be a record-breaking year for fuel efficiency and EVs.

ClimateProgress reported that Bangladesh—one of the world’s poorest countries—has installed one million solar home systems.

Ford reported that its new C-MAX became the fastest-selling hybrid ever at launch, with more than 8,000 units sold in its first two months.

Coal PlantBloomberg New Energy Finance reported that solar developers in Spain are aiming to build Europe’s first large-scale solar plants that will sell electricity to the grid at market prices, without subsidies.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the Obama administration announced a plan to allow oil and gas drilling in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center reported that November 2012 was the 36th consecutive November and the 333rd consecutive month with global temperature higher than the long-term average.

GreenBiz reported how BMW incorporates sustainability and “smart energy strategies” throughout its entire value chain.

Renewable Energy World noted that Wales’ National Coal Mining Museum fitted its roof with 200 solar panels.

The New York Times reported that, despite extremely high expense, a South African company is betting heavily on new facilities that convert natural gas into diesel.

EDF’s Energy Exchange proposed on-bill repayment as a way to eliminate the upfront costs of energy efficiency and renewables projects.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance reported that Vestas, the world’s largest wind turbine maker, received an order to install 74 MW of turbines in South Africa.

NRDC’s Switchboard reported that California’s Public Utilities Commission approved a first-of-its-kind “climate dividend” for distributing carbon cap-and-trade allowance revenues to consumers in the form a semi-annual credit on their energy bill.

GreenBiz wrote about why the green building industry “needs to pay attention to tenants.”

Renewable Energy World highlighted Minnesota’s first community solar project, which combines local ownership with local assembly for faster returns.

Highlighted Resources

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