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Feb 26, 2013

Energy News: The Week in Review (Feb. 18, 2013)

 

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

The New York Times reported that researchers at the Electric Power Research Institute have identified a possible strategy to prevent “the next Fukushima.”

The Green Building Press reported that the United Kingdom’s Federation of Master Builders has called on that nation’s government to establish a public-sector budget for improving the energy efficiency of Britain’s homes.

GreentechMedia reported on “7 steps to help consumers love the smart grid.”

Greenbiz interviewed FedEx vice president of environmental affairs and sustainability Mitch Jackson about the company’s fleet efficiency efforts, carbon neutral envelope shipping, and more.

AutoblogGreen reported that global lithium-ion battery sales are expected to jump sixfold by 2019, according to research firm Frost & Sullivan.

The Washington Post reported that black liquor, a byproduct of the wood-pulping process, is controversially considered a biofuel, despite omitting as much carbon dioxide as burning coal.

StreetsBlog took a look at 10 years of London’s congestion charge, and its impact on traffic, as well as automobile, bicycle, and public transportation use.

GreentechMedia reported that software company PlanetEcosystems helps homeowners run data analysis that predicts and optimizes returns on home energy efficiency investments.

Greenbiz reported on the importance of better and different natural capital accounting for encouraging greater adoption of environmental and sustainability efforts on Wall Street.

AutoblogGreen reported that the U.S DOE’s RANGE grant will hand out $20 million in grants to spur development of a $30,000 plug-in electric vehicle that can go 240 miles on a single charge.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released its latest energy infrastructure report, noting that 100 percent of new generation last month was from renewables.

Bloomberg reported that a tax break for oil and gas pipeline companies will cost the U.S. government $7 billion through 2016.

GreentechMedia reported that economic productivity is more tied to energy efficiency than to energy production, according to analysis from American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy visiting fellow John Laitner.

Greenbiz ran a story about “why we need a new model for electricity.”

PluginCars asked if free charging is actually problematic for EVs.

Reuters reported that nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz would likely be President Obama’s pick for new Secretary of Energy.

Grist reported that Honda is partnering with SolarCity to subsidize solar panels for its customers.

REN21 published its annual Renewables Global Futures Report.

Greenbiz reported that the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Vehicle Testing and Integration Facility is looking at the intersections of EVs, green power, and the grid.

Green Light New York released a new report, Let There Be Daylight, that found that retrofitting New York City office space with daylighting could reduce peak electricity demand 160 MW and save $70 million in energy costs per year.

Xinhua, China’s official news agency, reported that the country is introducing a new tax on carbon dioxide emissions.

Washington Business Journal reported that the District of Columbia is launching a new sustainability plan.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance reported that the development of shale gas in the United Kingdom is unlikely to lead to a significant reduction in that nation’s natural gas prices.

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