Quick highlights from this past month

Highlights from this past month, from J. Leggett.  Nearly all of these articles were covered on RapidShift.net The latest solar auction, in Dubai, saw a power plant proposal come in below 3 cents a kilowatt hour for the first time: cheaper than any other form of power today. It remains to be seen if such a plant can be built …

What’s in our supply chain and how they do it

Shoppers browse inside a Walmart in Los Angeles, California. (Jonathan Alcorn / Reuters) As Walmart shareholders gather in Bentonville, Arkansas, to hail the global retail giant’s expansion across global markets, angry workers are assembled outside, in perennial protest against Walmart’s low wages and harsh working conditions. But the workers who take the brunt of the company’s notoriously exploitative labor practices …

A Suburban Experiment Aims for Free Energy: “It’s not that it cannot be done. The question that we’re trying to answer is, ‘Can it be done for everyone?’”

Slide Show  SLIDE SHOW|6 Photos Getting to Zero FONTANA, Calif. — At first glance, Anthony and Vanessa Genau’s home in a subdivision beneath the San Gabriel Mountains here is like any other gracious new suburban dwelling, with an open-plan living space, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. But, along with 19 other cream, taupe and rust stucco houses that cradle the …

Head of task force set up by Bank of England Governor says gap between fossil fuel majors assumed continuation on current path should trouble political leaders

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Solar making up almost all of the new capacity in Texas, under all 8 ERCOT scenarios

ERCOT is considering eight different scenarios, such as continued low natural-gas prices or extreme weather. Under all scenarios, solar makes up nearly all of the new capacity.  As more solar energy comes on-line, coal will retire. About 5 gigawatts of coal are expected to go offline in the next five years anyways, because of the regional haze rule, according to …

New York State passed the most ambitious climate bill in the country

The New York State Assembly has passed the most ambitious climate bill in the country, one that would require the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from major sources to zero by 2050. The bill was passed Wednesday night with support from a broad coalition of organizations, including labor groups, environmental groups, and community leaders. The bill seeks to codify …