Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (6/9/15)

Here are five recommended reads for today (6/9/15)

  1. “The G7 has called for a transformation of electricity generation towards clean sources by 2050,” reports the BBC. World leaders at the G7 in Germany concluded that “fossil fuel emissions should not be allowed in any sector of the economy by the end of the century.”
  2. Analysis from investment bank UBS concluded that “within a decade, solar photovoltaics could account for 10 percent of electricity supply globally, beating out coal and nuclear as “default” power generation technologies,” according to Greentech Media.
  3. Republican businessman Jay Faison is putting $175 million into a campaign aimed at making “the Republican Party to shift its skeptical view of climate change and green energy, topics that usually fall to the bottom of its list of priorities when they don’t generate outright opposition among conservative voters,’ reports Politico.
  4. According to Think Progress,“A new investigation has found that the world’s largest private-sector coal company does not have adequate funds or insurance to clean up its own mining operations, increasing the risk that taxpayers will have to pay billions of dollars to clean up toxic coal mine sites across the country.”
  5. “The United States residential solar market grew 76 percent over the first quarter of 2014, installing 437 megawatts of photovoltaics (PV) in the first three months of 2015,” according to Greentech Solar. GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s U.S. Solar Market Insight Report found that  “the U.S. installed 1.3 gigawatts of solar PV across all market segments,”.