Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (4/9/15)

Here are five recommended reads for today (4/9/15).

  1. The Guardian reports, “Nobel prize winners in the US and Australia have joined calls for the world’s two largest health charities to sell their stocks in leading fossil fuel companies.”
  2. At NRDC’s Switchboard blog, Pierre Bull argues that “going solar should be no more difficult than getting cable TV.”
  3. BloombergView reports: “A new study in Nature Climate Change, by Bjorn Nykvist and Mans Nilsson of the Stockholm Environment Institute, shows that electric vehicle batteries have been getting cheaper much faster than expected. From 2007 to 2011, average battery costs for battery-powered electric vehicles fell by about 14 percent a year. For the leading electric vehicle makers, Tesla and Nissan, costs fell by 8 percent a year. This astounding decline puts battery costs right around the level that the International Energy Agency predicted they would reach in 2020. We are six years ahead of the curve.”
  4. The Sierra Club announces: “Bloomberg Philanthropies…will invest an additional $30 million in the Sierra Club to secure the replacement of half the nation’s coal fleet by 2017 with clean energy. The new round of funding builds on a previous commitment of $50 million, raising the foundation’s overall investment in the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign to $80 million.”
  5. Greentech Media reports: “New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced up to $160 million togrow large-scale clean energy across the state. As part of New York’s renewable portfolio standard, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will procure energy from facilities that make electricity using wind, solar, fuel cells, biomass, renewable biogas or small hydropower.”