Here’s a cross-section of the energy conversations that took center stage last week:
The Guardian reported that a portable, solar-powered lamppost is providing light for rural villages in the African nation of Mali.
Grist reported that older buildings in New York City often boast better energy efficiency than new buildings.
Bloomberg New Energy Finance reported that Japan plans to explore a variety of sources for electricity generation within 10 years, including a review of the possibility of going “nuclear-free” by the 2030s.
GreenBiz reported that computer giant Dell is undertaking several efforts to foster smart grids.
FuelFix noted that biodiesel producers are teaming up with diesel producers to tout the merits of their fuel for heavy users (trucks, trains, machinery) in light of recent interest in natural gas.
Southern California Public Radio’s Pacific Swell reported that the EPA granted a waiver that opened the door for California’s Advanced Clean Car program.
ClimateProgress listed its five most important U.S. energy stories from 2012.
The New York Times contemplated what the wind industry’s future would look like under the pending expiration of the production tax credit.
Treehugger reported that high rates of EV adoption would not pose a problem for Texas’s electricity grid.
GreenBiz questioned if the introduction of more affordable electric vehicles, such as Chevy’s new Spark EV, could signal a tipping point for EV adoption.
Grist noted that a number of utilities are using gamification to encourage and reward consumers for conserving energy.
The Los Angeles Times reported that climate change could reduce water runoff in the American West by 10 percent.
Hybrid Cars noted that Toyota’s Prius was the second-most-searched car on Autoweek.com in 2012, behind only the Fort Mustang and ahead of Chevy’s Corvette.
The New York Times reported that the EPA has important decisions to make about quotas for advanced biofuels, including cellulosic nonfood fuels.
Grist reported that Lake Stevens School District in Washington has saved $1.5 million since 2010—a 34 percent in energy bills—through straightforward energy efficiency efforts, such as turning off lights and other electronics when not in use.
Bloomberg New Energy Finance reported that demand for renewable-energy credits in India more than doubled in December compared to the previous month.
AutoblogGreen noted that Honda’s new 2014 Accord plug-in hybrid will be the first gasoline-powered vehicle to qualify for California’s strict Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle 20 standards.
NRDC’s Switchboard noted that new data from the Energy Information Administration offers insights into residential energy expenses.
Renewable Energy World offered a 2013 outlook for the biomass industry, noting regulatory uncertainty.
A study published in the International Journal of Sustainable Energy highlighted the role that smartphone apps could play in building energy analysis and conservation.
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