Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (12/12/13)

Here are five recommended reads for today (12/12/13).

  1. The Guardian reports, “Emissions from coal plants in China were responsible for a quarter of a million premature deaths in 2011 and are damaging the health of hundreds of thousands of Chinese children, according to a new study.”
  2. According to Greentech Media, “the Japanese electronics and industrial giant Hitachi is moving toward marketing an energy storage system that could be a companion piece to renewable power generation — another sign of the growing interest in such products.”
  3. Venture Beat reports: “American Efficient wants to help everyone in the U.S. switch to renewable power suppliers and products through its energy-efficient-focused marketplaces. The startup launched today with $2.5 million in funding from Clean Pacific Ventures.”
  4. Renewable Energy World has a “Postcard from the Future,” namely that in Denmark, “wind power has produced 30 percent of gross power consumption to date in 2013,” including “over 90 hours where wind produced more than all of Denmark’s electricity needs, peaking at 122 percent on October 28, at 2:00 a.m.”
  5. NRDC President Frances Beinecke writes on the Switchboard blog: “America doesn’t need to trash the Arctic Ocean. We don’t need to make climate change worse with more dirty fuels. We have safer, cleaner ways to power our economy. And we have the wisdom to recognize that some places are too special to drill.”