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May 17, 2013

Energy News: The Week in Review (May 6, 2013)

 

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

The Guardian

(and many others) reported that global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have surpassed 400 ppm for the first time in human history.

The New York Times added new insight into the shutdown of Wisconsin’s Kewaunee nuclear power plant.

Greentech Media, citing an ACEEE report, noted that energy efficiency standards could lower wholesale power prices, saving consumers $5.6 billion in Ohio alone between now and 2020.

The Guardian reported that recent UN climate talks in Germany included a U.S. proposal to allow countries to draft their own emissions reductions plans.

Grist reported that MidAmerican Energy plans to install $1.9 billion in new wind turbines in Iowa, adding 1 GW of capacity en route to the state’s goal of 10 GW of installed capacity by 2020.

Greentech Media, citing Black & Veatch’s 2013 Strategic Directions in the U.S. Electric Industry, examined the outlook for renewable energy growth and smart grid integration.

Renewables International reported on the high capacity factors and other benefits associated with new wind turbines designed for low-wind areas.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance released a white paper about South Korea’s forthcoming emissions trading scheme.

Greentech Media’s research arm, GTM Research, released a new report, Rate Design Matters: The Impact of Utility Tariff Structure on Solar Project Economics.

AutoblogGreen reported that California introduced a new bill to ensure open, equal access and transparent pricing related to EV charging stations.

Greenbiz reported that $40 billion in energy savings is hiding in the United States’ commercial building stock.

Grist (and just about everyone in the automotive world) noted that Consumer Reports called the Tesla Model S the best car it’s ever tested.

The Guardian reported that the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development might expand funding for high-carbon coal projects despite climate change concerns.

Are American’s ready for stricter fuel economy standards? AutoblogGreen, citing a Consumer Federation of America survey, says yes.

Greentech Media noted that the U.S. EIA’s latest Annual Energy Outlook included two seemingly contrary trends: projects to add 60 billion square feet of new buildings by 2030 while building energy consumption continues a steep decline.

The New York Times ran an op-ed about nuclear’s future prospects in Japan.

For those concerned about what smaller, lighter cars mean for safety, AutoblogGreen reported that the IIHS named the 2013 Nissan LEAF a top safety pick.

You’ve heard of cleantech. Greenbiz reports on the growing cleanmed trend, about the nexus of health care and sustainability.

Greentech Media reported on the American Wind Energy Association’s Windpower 2013 conference here and here.

AutoblogGreen reported that Australian researchers have developed new EV battery technology that promises to extend capacity and range while reducing charging time.

Greentech Media reported that Bosch has unveiled a simplified Level 2 EV charger that costs half the usual price.

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