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May 24, 2013

Energy News: The Week in Review (May 13, 2013)


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

The New York Times reported that tough economic times and the threat of declining subsidies in Europe has encouraged renewables to become cost-competitive with fossil fuels in low- and no-subsidy environments.

Greentech Media reported that the Army, Navy, and Air Force are on track to achieve 3 GW of installed solar PV by 2025.

Greenbiz shared how the Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is “boosting the bleeding edge of energy technology.”

Cleantechnica reported that Scotland is at over 30 percent renewable electricity, hit 39 percent for 2012 according to the Scottish government, and plans to reach 100 percent by 2020.

AutoblogGreen reported that the 100,000th EV sold in the U.S. this past week. Meanwhile, U.S. sales of the Nissan LEAF hit 25,000.

The New York Times reported that, “in a sign that the United States shale gas boom is making global waves,” three foreign companies signed an agreement to invest up to $7 billion in a liquefied natural gas export project.

Greentech Media shared a new model for valuing distributed energy resources.

Greenbiz, citing a GreenTouch study, reported that cellphone networks could reduce energy consumption by as much as 90 percent by 2020, compared to 2010 levels.

Cleantechnica reported that 97 percent of new electricity generation expected to be added to the California grid during the second half of this year will come from solar.

AutoblogGreen (and many others) reported that Tesla will pay back its U.S. DOE loan years early.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance released the results book from its 2013 summit in April.

Greentech Media, citing a Synapse Energy Economics study, reported that doubling wind capacity in the PJM Interconnection system could still cut rates for customers.

Grist, citing a Natural Resources Defense Council analysis, reported that climate-related disasters cost American taxpayers $96 billion last year.

Cleantechnica reported on how a family bought an electric vehicle, and in the process cut the payback time on their home’s solar PV system in half.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance reported that South Korea is on track to have the world’s highest carbon prices.

Greentech Media, citing a Crossborder Energy study, reported that every dollar invested in net metering by Arizona’s dominant utility generates $1.54 in value.

Grist dove into the issue of distributed energy resources, examining “Utilities vs. rooftop solar: What the fight is about.”

Cleantechnica reported that many of rooftop solar’s major players have formed The Alliance for Solar Choice to “combat monopoly utilities” and protect consumer choice for distributed solar.

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