Weekly News Roundup
Bloomberg, Sierra Club make $50 million anti-coal move
Reuters, July 21, 2011
Michael Bloomberg joined with the Sirera Club in a $50 million, four-year plan to campaign for replacing one-third of aging U.S. coal-fired power plants with clean energy.
Is the 'Pain At the Pump' Fair?
PBS Newshour, July 21, 2011
What are the benefits of high gas prices?
Walgreen to Expand Electric Vehicle Charging Stations to 800 Stores
The Wall Street Journal, July 21, 2011
Walgreen Co. said its electric vehicle charging station program will expand to include about 800 of its 7,733 stores by the end of the year.
How the Smart Grid Will Change Your Life
Mashable, July 21, 2011
Smart grid infrastructure serves utilities and customers by leveraging information technology to bring advanced communication to a previously "dumb" network.
Rooftop Panels Often Hidden Side Benefit
Greenwire (login required), July 20, 2011
Solar panels on a rooftop not only make energy, they can help keep buildings cooler by blocking the sun, a study at the University of California, San Diego, has found.
General Motos to launch smart grid pilot for electric vehicles
Automotive Business Review, July 20, 2011
GM in association with OnStar will launch the first real-world pilot of smart grid solutions for electric vehicles this year.
Fuel Efficiency Drives American Airlines Record Order
Wired, July 20, 2011
The airline industry is looking to hedge against expensive fuel by updating their fleets with more efficient planes.
Our view: 56 mpg could be a bridge too far vs.
Raise Standard to 60 MPG
USA Today, July 20, 2011
Both articles outline different sides of the debate over the propsed government CAFE standards.
Quick Charge Trucks Will Save Your Stranded EV
Wired, July 18, 2011
AAA is rolling out North America's first fleet of quick-charge trucks that will rescue dead electric vehicles and get them back on the road.
A weapon for electric vehicle range anxiety: GPS
Gigaom, July 18, 2011
A new partnership will allow electric car owners to tap into the car's navigation service to use GPS to show the driver the nearest charging station.
Economists Urge Honest Accounting of Carbon's True Costs
Forbes, July 15, 2011
A new report released by the Economics and Equity for the Environment network found that each ton of carbon emitted in the atmosphere results in as much as $893 in economic damages.
'Green' Economy Is Real but Needs a Push, Study Suggests
The New York Times, July 14, 2011
Brookings lays out what role is the green jobs sector playing the United States' economic recovery.
Rahm Emanuel promises to make buildings more energy-efficient
Chicago Sun-Times, July 12, 2011
Major Rahm Emanuel announced a program Tuesday to save Chicago taxpayers as much as $5.7 million a year, create 375 jobs and reduce the city's carbon footprint by making schools and government buildings more energy-efficient.
See RMI's take on the announcement here.
Electric Vehicles Bring Us Closer to Freedom From Oil
Treehugger, July 11, 2011
This week, a group of more than 180 companies and organizations joined together to issue a statement asking for comprehensive local, state, and federal programs that will promote EVs and more us toward freedom from oil.
New techniques cut cost of carbon fiber
Autoweek, July 11, 2011
Carbon fiber, once so costly that it was the preferred material only for fighter planes and supercars, is catching the attention of weight-conscious automakers.
Automakers Aren't Delivering Full Potential of Hybrids
Reuters, July 11, 2011
The Union of Concerned Scientists released its annual scorecard of hybrids last Wednesday.