Five Stories: Methane Leak in L.A. “reminder of the health threats from oil and gas in California”

Here are five recommended reads for today (1/6/16).

  1. Midwest Energy News reports: “An Illinois city is hoping that by making solar more affordable for its residents it can help meet its own goals of reducing greenhouse gases. The key? A solar group-purchase program that officially kicked off this December.”
  2. According to DeSmogBlog: “The South Dakota Public Utility Commission (PUC) voted unanimously to keep TransCanada’s hopes for the Keystone XLpipeline alive by validating its permit certification that expired in 2014….After the decision was made, Joye Braun, a member of the Cheyenne River Lakota Oyate broke out in a protest war cry. She deemed the Keystone XL a  ‘zombie pipeline.'”
  3. NRDC’s Switchboard blog writes that the “huge gas leak” at a natural gas storage facility in Los Angeles represents a “sobering reminder of the health threats from oil and gas in California.”
  4. Richard di Natale writes at The Guardian: “Brown coal is the Datsun Sunny of electricity. It’s time to upgrade or be overtaken”
  5. Bloomberg reports: “Southern European utilities are poised to outperform their northern peers for a second year by relying on wind and solar power instead of dirty coal-fired generation. Earnings will grow as much as 25 percent in 2016 at Madrid-based EDP Renovaveis SA, and shrink as much as 38 percent at RWE AG in Essen, Germany, according to the median of analyst estimates on Bloomberg. Spain’s Iberdrola SA and Endesa SA were among the 10 best performers in the Stoxx 600 Utilities Index last year, while RWE and U.K.-based coal-plant operator Drax Group Plc were the worst performers.”