Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (6/26/15)


Spotlight on TransAlta Coal Plant

Here are five recommended reads for today (6/26/2015)

  1. “Bill Gates has announced he will invest $2bn (£1.3bn) in renewable technologies initiatives, but rejected calls to divest from the fossil fuel companies that are burning carbon at a rate that ignores international agreements to limit global warming,” according to The Guardian.
  2. “The International Energy Agency last week sounded an unusually positive note, with one piece of data at the center: global growth is now possible without increased carbon emissions. In 2014, for the first time, global GDP grew but CO2 emissions stayed flat,” reports Quartz.
  3. “The EU has set itself a goal of cutting emissions 40% on 1990 levels by 2030, and an aspiration for a 27% share for renewables across Europe’s full energy mix, which includes sectors such as transport, agriculture and buildings that do not necessarily rely on electricity,” reports The Guardian.
  4. “The coal industry is making a last-ditch appeal to the Obama administration to loosen its strict proposed limits on greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants,” says Inside Climate News.
  5. “President Obama has announced that by 2025 he wants the United States to reduce its total carbon footprint by up to twenty-eight per cent of 2005 levels. The Borkowskis reduced the footprint of their house by eighty-eight per cent in a matter of days, and at no net cost,” says The New Yorker.