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Jan 22, 2013

Energy News: The Week in Review (Jan. 14, 2013)



The New York Times reported that tensions remain high over the Keystone XL pipeline, with opposition and supporters alike weighing in on two new reports about the project’s potential environmental impacts.

Grist noted that the U.S. military is getting serious about microgrids.

Autoblog Green reported that EV sales in Europe are expected to jump fivefold by the end of the decade.

ClimateProgress noted that a new WWF report demonstrated that solar could meet 100 percent of the world’s electricity needs in 2050 using less than one percent of the world’s land area.

Greenbiz highlighted a smart grid project gathering energy data from homeowners to unlock commercial opportunities.

EcoHome reported that Revitalize Home—a 52-year-old Michigan bungalow with no mechanical or structural upgrades, only insulation and air sealing—reduced its energy bills by 30 percent annually.

According to the latest Federal Energy Regulatory Commission update, nearly half of new U.S. power capacity in 2012 was renewable.

The Guardian reported that a new paper from a Harvard scientist blames environmental groups—and in particular their “fatal misreading of the political realities” in Washington, D.C.—for the U.S. failure to take meaningful climate action. (Not everyone agrees.)

The Washington Post reported that the resignation of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar leaves America’s “green” posts—the heads of the Interior Department, EPA, and NOAA—all vacant.

Greenbiz reported on what California can learn from Europe when it comes to fraud-free cap-and-trade programs.

According to Greentech Media, the U.S. government is saving big by going green with its buildings.

Grist noted that DOE’s Sunshot Prize is helping to drive innovation that will reduce the soft costs of rooftop solar.

The New York Times reported that Atlantic Wind Connection, a venture to build an underwater electric transmission line linking East Coast states and offshore wind sites, is navigating myriad regulatory complexities.

A new report from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory estimated spending and savings on utility energy efficiency programs through 2025.

Grist reported on U.S. automakers’ preparations to meet new fuel efficiency standards.

MarketWatch reported that the Flood Building, a historic downtown San Francisco landmark, will save one million dollars in lifetime energy costs and reduce CO2 emission by 870 tons per year thanks to an extensive retrofit.

ClimateProgress reported that states continue to benefit from renewable energy standards.

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