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Jul 9, 2013

Energy News: The Week in Review

 

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

The Guardian reported on the opening of the world’s largest offshore windfarm, located in the Thames estuary, which will power 470,000 homes.

CleanTechnica reported the Empire State Building’s energy efficiency retrofit model will be used in nearly 100 major commercial buildings across the U.S.

Renew Economy reported the longest-running concentrated solar power plant in the U.S. is at the end of its power purchase agreement, but the owners are seeking a new 20-year PPA and hope to upgrade the plant and add storage.

Autoblog Green reported on new rules for EV charging etiquette for using public charging stations.

CleanTechnica, citing a report by the Center for American Progress, reported the U.S. can cut carbon emissions and boost the manufacturing sector simultaneously.

The New York Times reported wind power company Sinovel was charged with stealing software from a competing firm.

Autoblog Green reported a Toyota hydrogen fuel cell vehicle with a 300-mile range may be available in the U.S. as early as 2014.

Greentech Media described SolarCity’s new energy efficiency software that provides homeowners a self-guided tour of their energy use.

The Guardian reported Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti, the U.K.’s special representative to foreign secretary, claimed climate change poses as grave a threat to the U.K.’s security as terrorism.

CleanTechnica reported the United Church of Christ has become the first major U.S. religious body to divest its pension funds and investments from fossil fuel companies.

Renewable Energy World reported Google will power its data center in Finland with wind energy from a planned 72-megawatt wind farm in Sweden.

Autoblog Green reported Los Angeles ordered up to 25 all-electric buses for public transport.

CleanTechnica reported more than half of all U.S. retail and hotel projects will be green buildings by 2015.

Grist reported on a University of Minnesota cello player who converted climate change to music by converting the average global temperature for each year to a note.

The Guardian reported reforms to Europe’s emissions trading scheme caused the price of pollution permits to rise.

Greentech Media reported SolarCity is fighting solar soft costs one utility at a time, seeking to streamline otherwise time-consuming interconnection processes imposed by utilities.

Autoblog Green reported Tesla Motors officially got behind the petition asking the federal government to allow direct EV sales in all fifty states.

Greentech Media reported on the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s fifteen key indicators on progress in energy efficiency.

Grist reported energy and chemical companies are urging the Obama administration to withdraw a proposal on greenhouse gas emissions reporting.

CleanTechnica provided a primer on the Passivhaus concept.

GreenBiz described how universities are using power purchase agreements with renewable energy providers to shrink their carbon footprints and improve their bottom lines.

The Guardian described a project to turn young people into climate change activists—a video competition called iChange.

Autoblog Green reported June green-car sales were up 35% from 2012.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance reported Saudi Arabia started a program to assess its renewable energy potential, hoping to build a solar industry that will free up more of its crude oil for export.

Grist reported ten teams have entered the World Solar Challenge’s new category—Michelin cruiser class—for vehicles that could be marketed as family sedans.

CleanTechnica shared an infographic depicting the Obama Administration’s impact on U.S. cleantech since January 2009.

GreenBiz described how scientists are studying viruses to improve the performance of green energy technologies.

Greentech Media reported on eight surprising energy hogs in U.S. homes.

Autoblog Green reported GM and Honda will work together on next generation fuel cells and hydrogen storage, hoping to have these new technologies in vehicles around 2020.

CleanTechnica reported Hertz will make vehicles from their 24/7 carsharing service available within minutes of the majority of the U.S. population by 2016.

Renewables International reported the surcharge passed on to German ratepayers to cover the cost of renewable electricity is set to increase significantly.

Grist reported on Chicago’s new bike-share program that had 1,700 members by its third day of operation.

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