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Jun 17, 2013

Energy News: The Week in Review


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

Business Green, citing the UN Environment Programme, reported the renewables sector currently employs 5.7 million people globally.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance noted UNEP-Frankfurt School released Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2013, the sixth annual edition of the popular report.

Greentech Media reported that Indianapolis will soon have the nation’s largest electric car share program, with 1,200 charging stations to support 500 EVs.

Renew Economy reported the International Energy Agency unveiled a four-point plan to cut three billion tonnes of CO2e emissions by 2020 at no net economic cost.

The New York Times reported General Motors and BMW are adopting charging ports for their electric vehicles that would accept both AC and faster DC charging options.

Grist reported on New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $20 billion plan to protect New York City from climate change.

Bloomberg Businessweek reported Virginia and Washington, and potentially at least seven more states, will soon charge EV owners a tax to make up for lost gas tax revenue.

Greentech Media, citing the U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, reported the U.S. installed a record 723 MW of solar PV in Q1 2013.

Renew Economy reported the U.S. and China will work together to phase down the use of hydrofluorocarbons, potent greenhouse gases.

Grist reported on the Department of Energy’s new eGallon tool that shows how much money a car owner can save by switching to an electric car.

CleanTechnica described how Palo Alto is streamlining the PV permitting process, removing one of the obstacles to faster solar growth.

Renewables International reported on construction of the largest offshore wind barge, a jack-up barge in Scottish territorial waters.

The Guardian explored how the controversial NSA Prism program was motivated in part by the risk of civil unrest triggered by events linked to climate change, energy shocks, or economic crisis.

Renewable Energy World, citing a United Nations study, reported that renewable energy investments are shifting to developing countries.

Greentech Media reported the California Public Utilities Commission is calling for 1.3 GW of energy storage by 2020.

Renewable Energy World described the World Bank Group’s Sustainable Energy for All Technical Assistance Program to help countries achieve universal energy access.

Renew Economy shared a graph depicting the lifetime costs of owning an EV versus a gasoline-powered car.

CleanTechnica reported California set a record for solar power generation when it registered an output of 2,071 MW on June 7.

Greentech Media explained one way to reduce solar soft costs is to educate neighborhood associations.

CleanTechnica reported silicon-based nanoparticles might lead to cheaper and better quality light LED bulbs.

Greentech Media reported on three simple efficiency measures that could help slow climate change.

CleanTechnica reported the electric car company Wheego will soon offer an electric SUV for approximately $44,000.

GreenBiz reported on Facebook’s newest data center, located in Sweden, powered by locally generated hydroelectric power on the edge of the Arctic Circle.

Grist, citing a FEMA report, declared climate change might increase flooding risk in certain areas of the U.S. by 45 percent.

The New York Times reported the nominee to direct the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs has vowed to speed up the review process for energy efficiency regulations.

Renewables International explored how citizen investment in renewables would help spread the wealth and make the transition to renewables more affordable.

Business Green reported on a study showing U.S. businesses moving common software off local systems and onto the cloud could save about 23 billion kilowatt-hours per year.

Autoblog Green reported Bosch has started offering wireless EV charging stations for about $3,000 each installed, initially for Nissan LEAFs and Chevy Volts and eventually expanding to other models.

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