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Was Last Week’s L.A. Earthquake Caused by Fracking?

An article in The Atlantic Cities lays out how L.A.’s 4.4 magnitude earthquake renewed questions about the unintended consequences of hydraulic fracturing.     The recent earthquake in southern California has renewed debate about the effect of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on seismic activity. As California decides how extensively to develop the Monterey shale, increased…

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Russia, Maryland Ensnared in Fight Against Keystone XL

A Bloomberg article explores the connections between Russia’s stranglehold on European gas production, an export terminal in Maryland, and the stiffening opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline.   As the decision by President Obama regarding approval of the Keystone XL pipeline looms, environmentalists have taken aim at a new target: shale gas exports. Proponents argue…

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Japan Drives Predicted Growth for Energy Storage Market

New subsidy for lithium-ion battery storage is expected to spur 100 MW of new capacity.     From Renewable Energy World By Jennifer Runyon, March 19, 2014   On March 17, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) announced that it would begin accepting applications for a generous subsidy that it is awarding…

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DOE’s SuperTruck Achieves Big Gains in Fuel Economy

The prototype has exceeded the Department of Energy’s goal of increasing tractor trailer efficiency by 50% by 2015.     From US Department of Energy, February 19, 2014 Pedestrians passing by the Energy Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. today saw quite a strange sight – an ultra-modern 18-wheeler, Class 8 tractor-trailer parked outside our building! …

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Tesla’s Giga Factory: Dreaming Too Big?

The EV company’s newly announced plans for a massive battery production facility depend on aggressive growth in demand.     From Renewable Energy World, By James Montgomery, March 3, 2014   Tesla made a splash last week with its proposed $5 billion “Gigafactory” and its eye-popping numbers: a 10 million square foot facility on an…

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Report: Energy Efficiency Leads to Huge ROI in US Southeast

In the Southeast US, $20.2 million invested in energy efficiency leads to $78.3 million in returns.       From CleanTechnica, By Silvio Marcaccio, March 3, 2014   The benefits of energy efficiency improvements are well known: lower electricity demand and utility bills, along with good-paying green jobs. But one analysis shows the return on…

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Tesla Motors Closes Strong 2013 with Record Quarter

In shareholder letter, Elon Musk announces “giga factory” for battery production.   By Eric Wesoff, February 19, 2014   EV pioneer Tesla Motors announced its fourth quarter and 2013 results after market close today. Most recently, share price is up 14 percent after hours to $220. The shareholder letter is here. Tesla Motors (TSLA) beat analyst profit…