Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (6/10/15)

Here are five recommended reads for today (6/10/15)

  1. “In a major victory for the Obama administration, a panel of federal judges has blocked a challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s planned efforts to limit carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants,” reports National Journal. The general counsel for the Environmental Defense Fund, Vickie Patton, said, “Today’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals is both a big win in protecting our communities and families against the massive carbon pollution from power plants and an important victory for a fair and democratic rule-making process,”.
  2. “It is technically and economically feasible to run the US economy entirely on renewable energy, and to do so by 2050,” reports Vox. A new study released in Energy & Environmental Science contained road maps for each state “with detailed modeling on how to get to a US energy system entirely powered by wind, water, and solar”.
  3. “Residential installations of rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panels in the U.S. led the solar power market in the first quarter of this year, posting a record sequential 11% growth rate,” according to Computer World. The U.S. Solar Market Insight report found that “just over 1.3 gigawatts (GW) of capacity installed in the first quarter”.
  4. “Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse and Brian Schatz, both Democrats, are teaming up with the conservative American Enterprise Institute today to unveil the lawmakers’ new carbon tax bill, known as the ‘American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act’,” reports Politico.
  5. Amazon “plans to support the construction and operation of a roughly $150 million solar farm planned in Virginia,” reports CNET. “The e-commerce giant teamed up with Community Energy, which, according to the local News Leader, has been working for about four years to obtain the needed approvals for the 80-megawatt Accomack County project — expected to be the largest solar farm in Virginia.”