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Jun 10, 2013

Energy News: The Week in Review


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

The New York Times reported on the first offshore wind installation in the United States, a floating wind turbine in the Gulf of Maine.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Southern California Edison will shut down the San Onofre nuclear power plant for good.

CleanTechnica reported the California Assembly voted to extend programs that bring solar technology to low-income families.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance reported Japan will install solar panels on the rooftops of 286 of its post offices, for a total capacity of 11 megawatts.

Greentech Media reported on the proposed expansion of Tesla’s Supercharger Network , with installations of Superchargers every 80 to 100 miles on major routes through the U.S. and Canada.

Renew Economy reported the U.S. government updated its estimate of how much carbon pollution harms the economy, practically doubling previous estimates.

The New York Times reported Walgreens is building an experimental net zero energy store in Evanston, Ill., to include 800 solar panels and two wind turbines.

Renewables International reported the European Commission will begin imposing import duties on PV products from China.

Grist shared an information-packed graphic from Ecofys depicting where greenhouse gases come from.

The New York Times reported on a proposed Senate bill that would allow homebuyers purchasing energy-efficient properties to qualify for larger mortgages.

From hotter-looking models to open charging networks, GreenBiz shared four reasons why EVs are only going to get better.

The New York Times reported South Korea is turning off two nuclear power reactors due to safety concerns.

GreenBiz reported on ten reasons why green leases benefit everyone—tenants, landlords, and the environment.

Greentech Media explored the World Bank’s predicament of development versus climate change in the case of developing countries.

CleanTechnica reported on a survey that shows 73 percent of Americans support investing their tax dollars in expanding and improving public transport.

Autoblog Green reported the Chinese government is adding a pollution tax to gasoline hoping to remove as many as 180,000 older vehicles from the roads.

The Guardian, citing consultancy Green Energy Markets, reported that Australia will derive 22.5 percent of its power from renewables by 2020, surpassing its target.

Grist reported the U.S. will sell offshore leases for wind farms off the coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Autocar reported Audi is developing a fuel-cell-powered Audi A7 that will begin development tests at the end of August.

Greentech Media explored why Germany’s renewable energy capacity is largely based on distributed generation.

Autoblog Green reported Car2Go will implement its car-sharing program in Denver, the 10th U.S. city and 20th city worldwide to have the car-sharing service.

The Guardian explored how Delhi may be able to solve its energy crisis with renewables.

CleanTechnica shared an infographic on how the Better Buildings Challenge is achieving greater commercial energy efficiency.

In a series of five posts, CleanTechnica highlighted the top fifty solar energy stories of 2013.

GreenBiz reported how information technology is helping move the EV industry forward and simplifying the charging process.

CleanTechnica reported Google is making its first investment in Africa, investing $12 million in a 96-megawatt PV plant in South Africa.

Greentech Media described EnergyIQ, a free web-based commercial building energy benchmarking platform recently released by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Renew Economy reported on the inauguration of the first solar-powered stadium for next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

Renew Economy reported on a new technology that will allow an electric bus to charge its batteries in 15 seconds when it stops to pick up and unload passengers.

Renewable Energy World reported on a new one-stop online shopping business model for residential solar by One Block Off the Grid.

CleanTechnica reported the Honda Fit EV lease is now down to $259/month with a streamlined online application process.

Solarbuzz described the changes in store for Ontario’s Feed-in-Tariff program.

CleanTechnica reported researchers have discovered a new catalyst for electric vehicle batteries resulting in ten times the storage capacity at a fraction of the price.

GreenBiz reported bio-inspired design is growing in New York State as the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority embraces biomimicry.

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