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Jan 15, 2013

Energy News: The Week in Review (Jan. 7, 2013)


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

The New York Times reported on whether or not exporting surplus natural gas would help or hurt the economy.

The Washington Post reported that the effects of climate change will be felt more deeply in coming decades, according to a draft of the third National Climate Assessment.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance reported that Japan plans to establish a clean energy investment fund.

Plugin Cars reported that Nissan plans to offer more dealership-based quick charging for EVs in California.

Grist reported on Solar Mosaic, a company based on crowdsource funding for solar projects.

Automotive News reported that Toyota may start incorporating carbon fiber components into its Toyota and Lexus lineups.

GreenBiz offered up “4 tips for getting the most out of utility rebates and incentives.”

Ceres reported that an open letter from a group of global investors—representing $22.5 trillion in assets—called on governments to enact well-designed carbon policies that attract low-carbon investment.

The Scholars Strategy Network shared a report about why efforts to implement a cap-and-trade system for carbon failed in 2009 and 2010.

Architecture Source asked if it was better to retrofit or start fresh when designing zero energy buildings.

Patently Apple reported that computer giant Apple has filed a patent for a new on-demand system to harness stored wind energy.

Autoblog Green reported that EVs accounted for 5.2 percent of auto sales in Norway in 2012, nine times the U.S. sales rate.

The American Petroleum Institute noted that its president and CEO, Jack Gerard, delivered its annual State of American Energy address.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance reported that the Energy Technologies Institute is investing in R&D to develop the world’s longest turbine blade, intended to help lower the cost of offshore wind.

The New York Times reported that India has ambitious plans for the expansion of solar PV.

GreenBiz reported that the U.S. Postal Service and UPS have teamed up to track and reduce the carbon footprint associated with their transportation and delivery emissions.

The Hill reported that green energy investment slid in 2012, but still reached its second-highest level ever.

Autoblog Green reported that Via Motors plans to debut three full-size, extended-range plug-ins at the North American Auto Show, including a truck that boasts “the torque of a monster truck” and “fuel economy that makes the Prius look like a gas guzzler.”

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