Five Stories: “12 Utilities and Fossil Fuel Interests That Are Undermining American Solar Power”

Here are five recommended reads for today (10/16/15).

  1. The Charlotte Business Journal reports, “A new report identifies Duke Energy, Americans for Prosperity and the American Legislative Exchange Council as among the principal opponents ‘chipping away at the key policies that have put solar energy on the map’ in North Carolina and nationwide.” The full report (“12 Utilities and Fossil Fuel Interests That Are Undermining American Solar Power”) is available here.
  2. According to CleanTechnica: “Volvo is adding plug-in hybrids to every model it builds and is planning to add a fully electric car to its lineup by 2019, according to the company. Volvo says it expects electrified vehicles to account for up to 10% of its total car sales soon.”
  3. The Denver Business Journal reports, “An order for 144 megawatts worth of wind turbines has pushed Vestas Wind Systems over the 6,000-megawatt mark for orders booked this year, the Danish company said Thursday.”
  4. According to The Guardian: “Oil and gas industry leaders on Friday launched a final charm offensive to highlight the sector’s relevance in the global fight against climate change before a key summit in Paris later this year. In an unprecedented show of unity, the bosses of Europe’s top oil companies will be joined at a press conference by the heads of the national oil companies of Saudi Arabia and Mexico, who will lend their support to the initiative…The companies vowed to collaborate to limit gas flaring from refineries but stopped short of outlining clear goals to limit emissions, which critics have called for.”
  5. Bloomberg reports, “Chinese tycoons Liang Wengen and Nan Cunhui plan to pour $5 billion into India’s renewable power sector as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks a major expansion of clean energy in one of the world’s biggest polluters.”


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