Solar Plant Wants to Pay Off Massive Government Loan with Massive Government Grant

Scott Schackford Reason.com 11/11/2014

American taxpayers are on the hook for the Ivanpah solar project out in the California Mojave Desert close to the border of Arizona Nevada. The massive plant received $1.6 billion in loan guarantees from the Department of Energy to build it, out of a total cost of about $2.2 billion.

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People who claim to worry about climate change use more electricity

People who say they are concerned about climate change use more electricity than those who say the issue is ‘too far away to worry about’, government-commissioned study finds

Matthew Holehouse The Telegraph [UK] 14 Jul 2014

People who claim to worry about climate change use more electricity than those who do not, a Government study […]

Hundreds trapped in synagogue as Paris protest turns violent

Thousands gather in Paris to demonstrate against Gaza operation, hurling stones at house of worship

AFP and Times of Israel staff 7/13/2014

PARIS — Clashes erupted in Paris on Sunday as thousands of people protested against Israel and in support of residents in the Gaza Strip, where a six-day conflict has left 166 Palestinians dead.

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Your Outlet Knows: How Smart Meters Can Reveal Behavior at Home, What We Watch on TV

Jordan Robertson Bloomberg.com 6/10/2014

Smart meters may be getting too smart for our own good.

As businesses look for new ways to gain insight into consumers, utility meters that wirelessly transmit energy-usage data are increasingly drawing attention because of what they can reveal about our behavior at home, such as when and how often we […]

‘Military-Style’ Raid on California Power Station Spooks U.S.

Shane Harris Foreign Policy 12/27/2013

When U.S. officials warn about “attacks” on electric power facilities these days, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a computer hacker trying to shut the lights off in a city with malware. But a more traditional attack on a power station in California has U.S. officials […]

More than 1,000 new coal plants planned worldwide, figures show

World Resources Institute identifies 1,200 coal plants in planning across 59 countries, with about three-quarters in China and India

Damian Carrington The Guardian [UK] 19 November 2012

More than 1,000 coal-fired power plants are being planned worldwide, new research has revealed.

The huge planned expansion comes despite warnings from politicians, scientists and campaigners that the […]