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Jul 15, 2013

Energy News: The Week in Review


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

The New York Times, citing the U.S. Department of Energy, reported the U.S. energy system is vulnerable to increasingly severe weather events driven by climate change.

Renewable Energy World reported the U.S. Department of the Interior approved two solar projects and one geothermal plant totaling 520 megawatts of capacity in Arizona and Nevada.

Renew Economy reported the Netherlands is soon to have the world’s largest nationwide network of EV fast chargers.

The New York Times reported Japanese nuclear operators wanting to restart their reactors face a long wait under a new independent regulator.

Greentech Media described the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s new energy efficiency program tracker.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance reported China and the U.S. will jointly develop technology to capture carbon dioxide from power plants.

Autoblog Green reported Nissan is installing over 100 fast chargers at LEAF dealerships across the United States.

GreenBiz reported machine-to-machine (M2M) building management technologies are making buildings more energy efficient and yielding rapid returns on investment for building owners.

Greentech Media, citing the International Energy Agency, reported wind generation will double and solar PV generation will triple in the next six years.

Autoblog Green reported Ford is lowering the price of the Focus EV by $4,000.

CleanTechnica reported Vienna, Austria, will soon be home to a large smart city pilot project to include intelligent power grids, decentralized power generation from renewable energy sources, and modern storage technologies.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance, citing Navigant Consulting, reported the solar market will exceed $134 billion and reach grid parity by 2020.

Grist reported city planners in Washington, D.C., plan to propose that parking requirements for buildings near transit stops be eliminated, encouraging alternative forms of transportation.

CleanTechnica reported Mandalay Bay and NRG Solar plan to build the second-largest rooftop solar array in the U.S., to generate 6.2 megawatts.

Greentech Media reported GreenTouch, an IT industry group, laid out a plan to cut overall networking power consumption by 80 percent by 2020.

Grist reported the solar-powered airplane, the Solar Impulse, completed its transcontinental voyage across the U.S. despite a torn wing.

GreenBiz reported Microsoft is teaming up with Accenture to bring energy savings to two million square feet of commercial property in Seattle.

The New York Times reported Vienna, Austria, is switching to electric buses that will recharge their batteries using the older overhead tram power lines.

Renewable Energy World reported the U.S. now has more than 10 gigawatts of installed solar PV capacity, which could rise to 17 gigawatts by the end of 2014.

Greentech Media reported that Better Place, the battery-swapping EV startup company that declared bankruptcy last month, is still alive.

CleanTechnica reported GM is carrying out the world’s largest LED retrofit, already reducing energy consumption by more than 80 percent at one of its factories.

The Guardian reported on a kite that harnesses wind power from several hundred meters above the ground.

Autoblog Green reported China will limit auto sales in eight of its dirtiest cities to help combat smog.

Greentech Media described a new solar financing system established by Connecticut’s Green Bank in a bid to expand capacity in the state.

Autoblog Green reported the 100,000th plug-in vehicle was sold in the U.S. when a Mitsubishi i was bought in Alabama on July 9th.

Greentech Media reported four U.S. nuclear plants have recently shut down, reducing the number of operating nuclear reactors in the U.S. to 100.

Autoblog Green reported Pope Francis urged his flock to drive “humble” cars, and recently received a Smart eBike from Daimler.

The Guardian, citing scientists from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, reported burning trees and crops for energy and capturing and storing carbon dioxide could reverse global warming.

Renew Economy reported Germany set another solar record when solar output reached 23.9 gigawatts, 40 percent of the country’s peak electricity demand, on July 7th.

CleanTechnica reported EV battery prices dropped 40 percent since 2010.


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