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Apr 12, 2013

Energy News: The Week in Review (April 1, 2013)


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

The New York Times reported that a rumored jobs boom fueled by cheap energy has yet to materialize.

Greentech Media, citing a Stanford University study, noted that the solar PV industry is now a net energy producer.

Greenbiz, citing a report from the World Green Building Council, reported on the business case for green building.

Grist reported that Texas cities are increasingly tapping into that state’s rich wind resources, especially with $3 billion in new wind investment expected in the next two years alone and a $6.8 billion effort to double the capacity of transmission lines.

AutoblogGreen reported that Chevy Volt owners have collectively logged 150 million miles, averaging 900 miles between gasoline fill ups.

CleanTechnica, citing Navigant Research, reported that the global microgrid market is expected to pass $40 billion in annual revenue by 2020.

The New York Times reported that the Japanese government is considering electricity industry reform that includes splitting power generation and distribution into separate businesses.

Greentech Media reported that Procter & Gamble achieved zero waste at 25 percent of its manufacturing facilities, a strategy that created $1 billion in value over five years.

Greenbiz reported that FedEx has added EVs to its Hong Kong delivery fleet that can complete a full eight-hour shift on a single battery charge.

Grist, citing a Gallup poll, reported that most Americans overwhelmingly support more renewable energy, even more than natural gas.

AutoblogGreen reported that the U.S. DOE recently announced the winners of a Fuel Efficiency Innovation apps contest.

Renew Economy reported that Australia surpassed 1 million installed solar PV systems.

The New York Times explored why, despite solar’s popularity, solar power stocks are still having trouble turning profits for investors.

Greentech Media, citing MAKE Consulting’s “Americas Wind Power Outlook,” noted that Latin America is expected to experience a major boom in wind power.

Sustainable Business reported that GE may soon surpass (if it hasn’t already) Vestas as the world’s leading wind turbine manufacturer.

AutoblogGreen reported that Liberty Electric Cars plans to unveil a vehicle next year that could get as many as 1,000 miles on a single charge.

Climate Progress reported on why the U.S. military is pursuing energy efficiency, renewables, and net zero initiatives.

The Guardian reported on plans to harvest waste cooking oils and other similar products from London’s restaurants, sewers, and more to power a new plant that will generate 130 GWh of electricity per year.

EarthTechling reported on the United States’ huge but untapped potential for offshore wind power.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance released a new report, “Mind the Gap,” that forecasts a looming transportation fuel shortage in Brazil.

Greentech Media, citing GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association, noted that Pennsylvania is the only major state residential market to shrink year over year.

Grist, citing the journal Environmental Science and Technology, reported that natural gas is significantly more deadly than nuclear, despite acute events such as Fukushima.

AutoblogGreen reported that hybrid car sales could total eight percent of the market by 2020.

The Washington Post reported that the head of the World Bank called climate change a fundamental threat to global economic development.

Greentech Media, citing the latest report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers, noted that the U.S. received a D+ for its energy infrastructure.

Grist reported that Nevada utility NV Energy plans to shut down its coal-fired assets, replacing that generation with a mix of natural gas and renewables.

CleanTechnica reported that installed windpower capacity worldwide is expected to surpass 300,000 MW in 2013.

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