Five Stories: “The Year 2015 Marked a Decisive Shift in the World’s Energy Economy” as Clean Energy Soars

Here are five recommended reads for today (12/28/15).

  1. At The Guardian, John Abraham discusses the “strong economics of wind energy.” Abraham adds: “it isn’t only improvements to technology that will continue the downward trend of renewable energy costs, it’s thinking in new ways about creating and maintaining markets and by recognizing that polluting energy sources have long gotten a free path that will finally make renewables global champions on cost. That’s what has me and other scientists and engineers so excited.”
  2. Katherine Bagley of Inside Climate News writes that 2015 was “The Year the Environmental Movement Knocked Out Keystone XL.”
  3. According to the MIT Technology Review, “Like 1973, the year 2015 marked a decisive shift in the world’s energy economy,” as “the adoption of clean energy hit record rates.”
  4. Melissa Cronin writes at Motherboard: “One of the biggest environmental disasters in US history is happening right now, and you’ve probably never heard of it. An enormous amount of harmful methane gas is currently erupting from an energy facility in Aliso Canyon, California, at a startling rate of 110,000 pounds per hour.”
  5. Katie Fehrenbacher of Fortune reports: “The largest solar installer in the U.S., SolarCity…will stop selling and installing solar panels on rooftops across Nevada after the state’s regulator approved a new plan to add fees and lower compensation for owners of home and commercial solar systems….CEO Lyndon Rive called the new changes, which would take effect Jan. 1,, and would retroactively apply to the state’s 12,000 solar owners, ‘unethical, unprecedented, and possibly unlawful.’ Rive said the Nevada Public Utility Commission’s decision would “damage the state’s economy, and jeopardize thousands of jobs.”