NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, January 20: ON THE ENERGY-ECONOMY LINK; SOLAR STORAGE BREAKTHROUGH; TINY WIND TO CHARGE A PHONE

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The challenge now: To make every day Earth Day.

YESTERDAY

  • Weekend Video: A Rogue Climate Scientist Talks To Seth Meyers
  • Weekend Video: The Rogue Scientist Does A Climate Denier Fact Check
  • Weekend Video: How Anybody With A Good New Energy Idea Can Change The World
  • THE DAY BEFORE

  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Climate Change Is More Than Warming
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-China Takes Global Wind Lead
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Aussies Lead Charge To Solar+Storage
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-How Brexit Could Impact UK Ocean Energy
  • THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY BEFORE

    THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT THURSDAY, February 23:

  • TTTA Thursday-Infrastructure Fix Should Face Changing Climate
  • TTTA Thursday-Grid Operator Says ‘Gimme More Ocean Wind!’
  • TTTA Thursday-Marines Assault Old Energy In $80 Million Solar Build
  • TTTA Thursday-Cars With Plugs Face Fight With Agro-Oil Alliance
  • THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: The Urgent Need For Planning New Transmission Now
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Four Ways To Reconsider Net Metering
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: The Energy Storage Solution
  • AND THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • TODAY’S STUDY: Delivering Electricity Through The Cloud
  • QUICK NEWS, February 21: What Businesses Can Do About Climate Change; High Winds Rising In The Deep South; When Solar Stocks Will Come Back
  • THE LAST DAY UP HERE

  • A Presidents’ Day Visit To The White House
  • Obama Did It
  • The President Reports
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    Anne B. Butterfield of Daily Camera and Huffington Post, f is an occasional contributor to NewEnergyNews

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    Some of Anne's contributions:

  • Another Tipping Point: US Coal Supply Decline So Real Even West Virginia Concurs (REPORT), November 26, 2013
  • SOLAR FOR ME BUT NOT FOR THEE ~ Xcel's Push to Undermine Rooftop Solar, September 20, 2013
  • NEW BILLS AND NEW BIRDS in Colorado's recent session, May 20, 2013
  • Lies, damned lies and politicians (October 8, 2012)
  • Colorado's Elegant Solution to Fracking (April 23, 2012)
  • Shale Gas: From Geologic Bubble to Economic Bubble (March 15, 2012)
  • Taken for granted no more (February 5, 2012)
  • The Republican clown car circus (January 6, 2012)
  • Twenty-Somethings of Colorado With Skin in the Game (November 22, 2011)
  • Occupy, Xcel, and the Mother of All Cliffs (October 31, 2011)
  • Boulder Can Own Its Power With Distributed Generation (June 7, 2011)
  • The Plunging Cost of Renewables and Boulder's Energy Future (April 19, 2011)
  • Paddling Down the River Denial (January 12, 2011)
  • The Fox (News) That Jumped the Shark (December 16, 2010)
  • Click here for an archive of Butterfield columns

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  • TODAY AT NewEnergyNews, February 27:

  • TODAY’S STUDY: Wind’s Big Year
  • QUICK NEWS, February 27: Heartland City Leaders Face Climate Change; EVs Nearer To Going Plug-Free; Politics Block Farmers From Growing Solar

    Monday, January 20, 2014

    QUICK NEWS, January 20: ON THE ENERGY-ECONOMY LINK; SOLAR STORAGE BREAKTHROUGH; TINY WIND TO CHARGE A PHONE

    ON THE ENERGY-ECONOMY LINK Can we sever the link between energy and economic growth?

    Brad Plumer, January 17, 2014 (Washington Post)

    “Ever since the 1970s, the world appears to be using less and less energy to produce a given unit of economic activity…There's some debate among economists, however, as to whether it's actually possible to significantly reduce the amount of energy used per unit of economic activity…[W]hy does this debate matter? Well, it matters a lot for climate-change policy. The growth rate of heat-trapping carbon-dioxide emissions in the future will depend on three things: 1) The growth rate of the global economy, 2) the energy-intensity of the economy (i.e., how much energy we need to sustain a given level of economic activity), and 3) the carbon-intensity of our energy supply (basically, the cleanliness of the fuels we use)…Right now, BP is predicting that the world's biggest countries will…get more energy-efficient and use cleaner fuels…But, the report notes, this also won't be enough to curtail carbon-dioxide emissions…BP thinks we won't even get close…There are three broad ways to cut emissions…” click here for more

    SOLAR STORAGE BREAKTHROUGH Triangle researchers find way to store solar power

    Jay Price, January 14, 2014 (NewsObserver)

    “…[Researchers have] discovered a potential solution to one of the fundamental problems of generating large amounts of energy from the sun’s rays: how to store some of the power so it’s available at night…The scientists [from UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University] found a new way to use solar energy to split molecules of water into its atomic-level components: oxygen and hydrogen. The hydrogen can then be burned for fuel, generating only water as waste, which can then be recycled to be split again…The process currently generates hydrogen equal to about 1 percent of the energy in the sunlight received. But now that it’s clear the concept works, the researchers think there’s little doubt that they can improve the efficiency…[to] at least 15 percent, which is similar to the efficiency of current commercial solar cells…” click here for more

    TINY WIND TO CHARGE A PHONE The mobiles powered by WIND TURBINES: 'Micro-windmills' smaller than a grain of rice could one day be fitted to our phones

    Victoria Woollaston, 13 January 2014 (UK Daily Mail)

    “Each windmill is 1.8mm wide and ten of them can fit on a grain of rice…[Researchers from Texas] claim hundreds of the nickel devices could fitted into a phone case…Users could then wave the windmills in the air [and as the tiny blades spin they turn a shaft connected to a miniature generator that can be connected to a phone’s battery, or other devices that require energy]…This case could also be placed out of a window, or in front of a fan, to increase the amount of energy generated...[According to the researchers,] hundreds of windmills could recharge a phone in 'a few minutes'…” click here for more

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