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Dec 18, 2012

Energy News: The Week in Review (Dec. 10, 2012)

 

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

The Texas Tribune reported that the state’s oil and gas regulatory agency implemented major updates to its rules for hydraulic fracturing.

The New York Times reported that solar installations are on the rise thanks to declining costs and attractive federal and state incentives.

A new study published in the journal Nature predicts increased ice discharge from Antarctica under global warming scenarios.

In response to the latest updates to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index, Grist reported that energy prices are the most volatile in the country.

Climate Progress reported that the U.S. installed record amounts of solar in 2012.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance reported that British household electricity bills are expected to rise by more than 50 percent by 2020, largely due to increases in wholesale power prices and low-carbon policies.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientist Evan Mills wrote in the journal Science that the insurance industry takes global climate change very seriously.

Renewable Energy World reported that within 10 years, 10 percent of the nation’s electricity could be provided by unsubchsidized rooftop solar that matches grid electricity on price.

The American Wind Energy Association described what a future phase-out of wind’s Production Tax Credit would look like.

Climate Progress reported that “small tweaks” to the tax code could mean big things for renewable energy deployment.

The New York Times reported that the Department of Energy awarded $28 million in grants for offshore wind power generation projects.

NRDC’s Switchboard noted that Michigan utilities “blew away” their energy efficiency goals.

The Toronto Star reported that scientists are experimenting with human-made, “controllable tornadoes” to generate electricity.

ExxonMobil released its latest Outlook for Energy.

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