Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (2/18/13)

Here are five recommended reads for today (2/18/13).

  1. The New York Times Green blog asks, “Could Wind Power Cool New England’s Price Fever?”
  2. According to Bloomberg, “Argentina, which along with Venezuela has the least renewable energy in Latin America, is set to expand solar capacity as much as 35-fold as the government plans its first incentives for individual projects.”
  3. The Forth Worth Star-Telegram reports: “In the past five years, prices for solar panels — the now-familiar glassy sheets containing electricity-producing photovoltaic cells — have fallen at least 80 percent, bringing down the overall price of solar installations. At the same time, Texas, a solar power laggard in the past despite its vast open spaces and bright sunshine, has been moving up in the business, although it’s still a distant also-ran compared to leaders like California, Arizona and New Jersey.”
  4. In the Washington Post, two leading Maryland state legislators argue: “Offshore wind power is a critical piece of America’s energy future. It offers answers for advancing our economy, reducing pollution tied to global warming and moving toward energy independence. The time is now to put Maryland businesses at the forefront of a new American industry.”
  5. Bloomberg New Energy Finance reports, “Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K., a Japanese oil refiner, plans to become a global leader in solar-cell output as it diversifies to benefit from clean-energy subsidies….Japan began an incentive program in July to promote alternative power generation following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. That prompted companies such as mobile carrier Softbank Corp. and Tokyo-based Showa Shell to expand in solar energy as demand climbed.”