(Wall Street Journal) Months of low oil prices are starting to take a toll on banks. Large U.S. banks reporting earnings Friday said they saw more energy loans go bad in the fourth quarter. Many lenders also added millions of dollars to reserves in anticipation that more oil-and-gas loans will sour.
(Washington Post) In the solar energy sphere, scientists and economists alike will note that coming up with cheaper, most efficient solar cells is key to the industry’s growth. And now, many experts are arguing that an emerging type of technology, known as the “perovskite” solar cell, is the face of the future.
(Huffington Post) New York City scored a major coup when it successfully lured Cornell University to build a campus for Cornell Tech , its applied sciences program, on Roosevelt Island, smack in the middle of the East River. (Check it out in this video). What better place to demonstrate how cutting-edge energy efficiency techniques can blend with architectural advances to yield beautiful buildings that run like finely tuned machines?
(AP) U.S. coal production has fallen to its lowest level in nearly 30 years as cheaper sources of power and stricter environmental regulations reduce demand, according to preliminary government figures.
(CNN) Solar energy is having a moment. The number of solar jobs in the U.S. has more than doubled in five years. In fact, there are more people working in solar now than at oil rigs and in gas fields.
(KPBS) How the city of San Diego will reach its 100 percent renewable energy goal remains an open question that could generate political battles over who controls the city’s energy in the years ahead.
(MarketWatch) Nevada has turned into a sunny battleground for the future of solar in the U.S., with regulators there moving to make solar power less attractive to homeowners and businesses and pitching utilities against solar-power companies.
(MIT) Imagine if your clothing could, on demand, release just enough heat to keep you warm and cozy, allowing you to dial back on your thermostat settings and stay comfortable in a cooler room.
(AOL) Overall, the amount of electricity used to power Christmas lights in the U.S. each year is pretty minimal; Just 6.6 billion kilowatt hours — or 0.2 percent — of our yearly electricity consumption. But that’s more than a lot of countries use in an entire year.
(MinnPost) Recently we sat down in Senate District 67 with Minnesota State Sen. Foung Hawj and Rep. Sheldon Johnson to share some insights into our statewide energy future, grounded firmly in our local present.
(The Telegraph) Advanced economy inflation is at its weakest levels since the Great Depression-era Inflation will fall back to levels not seen since before the Second World War across the advanced world this year.
(Washington Post) They dribble out regularly — Energy Department rules or “standards” that require ever improving levels of energy efficiency for dishwashers, refrigerators, and much more.
(The Economist) For decades, the word “market” has been a misnomer for global trade in oil. Not only has the business been manipulated by an international cartel, OPEC, with varying degrees of success. Since 1975 America has also distorted it by banning the export of almost all crude oil.
(Fortune) San Diego’s city council has unanimously voted to power its electricity with 100% renewable energy sources by 2035. The city also approved proposals to eliminate half of all greenhouse gas emissions, and in doing so, has become the first city to make a legally binding pledge
(Bend Bulletin) Portland — The Pacific Northwest can meet nearly all of its power demand over the next 20 years with energy efficiency and voluntary reductions of power use during periods of peak demand, according to the draft power plan by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.
(GreenTech Media) Pacific Gas & Electric is hammering out the final details of a pay-for-performance energy-efficiency program for homes that will launch next year pending regulatory approval. This is not a tweak to an existing program. It is a wholesale change in how to deliver and pay for efficiency upgrades.
(MIT Technology Review) Starting off the Paris climate talks with a bang, an international group of investors headed by Bill Gates announced a new funding initiative, called the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, that will invest in clean-energy technologies.