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May 3, 2013

Energy News: The Week in Review (Apr. 22, 2013)


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

Mother Jones analyzed a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance and asserted that solar and wind energy’s installed capacity will surpass that of fossil fuels by 2030.

The New York Times looked at the four “greenest” cars for consumers based on two best-of lists by Kelley Blue Book and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Spoiler alert: the all-electric Nissan LEAF is not one of the four.

GreentechMedia took a look at the surprising state of China’s solar industry profits—or lack thereof.

FierceEnergy reported on the tremendous growth of solar PV, noting that Germany’s newly launched storage subsidy will add to the expansion. Global solar power is projected to continue growing to almost 7 GW in the next five years.

ClimateProgress explained what policy initiatives are pushing developing countries toward cleaner energy production.

The South Florida Business Journal announced that Florida Power & Light completed its $800 million smart grid, including the installation of smart meters in more than 35 counties across the state.

Grist provided an overview of the European Union’s carbon trading system and addressed why some are saying it’s for the birds, and why some say everything is fine.

AutoblogGreen reported on Volkswagen’s recent sustainability report, which still points to the company relying more on diesel than on electric development.

Greenbiz reported on how banks and financial institutions are trying to gain some trust from the public by using data to show how they are supporting environmental and economic development.

The News Courier (AL) featured a bit about electric vehicle myths, written by filmmaker Chris Paine, who created the 2006 movie “Who Killed the Electric Car?”

GreentechMedia looked past Texas’s stereotype as a landscape filled with oil rigs to see how the state’s wind energy sector is leading the way to reduce carbon emissions.

ClimateProgress reviewed the complicated business structure benefits that oil companies enjoy via master limited partnerships, and suggested that perhaps renewable energy companies could benefit similarly.

FierceEnergy reviewed a recent report by the The Edison Foundation, suggesting that advances in electric car battery technology could drive the increase of EV adoption, resulting in up to 30 million EVs on the roads by 2035.

Electric Light & Power reported that the Vermont power company Green Mountain Power was approved to start producing energy from manure, thanks to more than 10,000 dairy cows.

AutoblogGreen explained how the bacteria E. coli is being used to create a diesel-like automobile fuel at the U.K.’s University of Exeter.

ClimateProgress reported on the progress of policymakers working to lower the cost of capital for clean energy.


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May 4, 2013

I was thinking recently about your lightweighting idea and got to wondering if NASCAR might be interested. Although NASCAR racing is also known as Stock Car racing, there is little or nothing "stock" about their race cars. In particular, they go to great pains the *lightweight* their cars, always with the requirement that each car must meet stringent rules of how much like "stock" they are.

Certainly, the roll cage NASCAR owners build inside the external-appearance requirement might well be a possible inspiration for RMI's *lightweight* technology but I think it equally likely that RMI's lightweight technology might be an inspiration for NASCAR. Similarly, RMI's ilghtweight technology might be an inspiration for the NASCAR external-appearance rule.

Or, is this so obvious it's already been checked out?


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