Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (10/18/12)

Here are five recommended reads for today (10/18/12).

  1. Forbes reports: “Sure CFLs save electricity, but so do a lot of other efforts. In fact, in a new study (“Evaluating the energy consumed for water use in the United States“) University of Texas scientists Kelly Sanders and Michael Webber reveal the counterintuitive conclusion that water conservation could have an enormous impact on energy conservation.”
  2. CleanTechnica offers “5 Solar Power Facts that Obama and Romney Did Not Debate.” They include: the U.S. solar industry’s strong growth, the continued “astonishing” drop in the cost of solar panels, and the fact that solar employs more than 100,000 people in the U.S.
  3. The Associated Press reports, “As [TransCanada] pursues construction of a controversial 1,179-mile-long cross-country pipeline meant to bring Canadian tar sands oil to South Texas refineries, it’s finding opposition in the unlikeliest of places: oil-friendly Texas, a state that has more pipelines snaking through the ground than any other.”
  4. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists: “Hybrid sales grew by more than 130,000 between MY11 and MY12. That’s more than 50 percent growth, which is impressive by itself. But, even more impressive: Hybrid sales grew more than four times as fast as the rest of the vehicle market in MY12.”
  5. The Sydney Morning Herald reports, “As Victoria’s Yallourn brown coal-fired power station became the latest to announce a production cut, experts said falling electricity demand, more renewables like wind farms and solar and the carbon price were all pushing Australia’s coal-fired stations out of the market, making generation cleaner.”