Exclusive: Hacker reveals smart meters are spilling secrets about the Texas snowstorm (Daily Dot)

Daily Dot: Exclusive: Hacker reveals smart meters are spilling secrets about the Texas snowstorm. “Power companies across Texas have refused to disclose which areas of the state were exempt from controlled blackouts after a devastating snowstorm crippled the power grid in February—but one hacker has found that smart meters, the electrical devices on the sides of homes and businesses that monitor energy consumption, are quietly broadcasting data that could be used to determine what infrastructure may have been protected.”

Futurism: Oh No, Oil Companies Are Paying Social Media Influencers Now

Futurism: Oh No, Oil Companies Are Paying Social Media Influencers Now. “Surely, you may be telling yourself, surely no one is buying into an eco-friendly cross-country trip sponsored by big oil. But that’s exactly what’s happening, Earther reports. Just look at this disturbingly ironic post by lifestyle Cherrie Lynn Almonte that talks about the perils of climate change and how it threatens California’s iconic landscapes — right beneath a disclaimer that the post was paid for by Shell.”

NC Clean Energy Technology Center: Department of Energy Releases New Tool Tracking Microgrid Installations in the United States

NC Clean Energy Technology Center: Department of Energy Releases New Tool Tracking Microgrid Installations in the United States. “The Microgrid Installation Database includes a comprehensive listing of the U.S.’s 461 operational microgrids that provide a total of 3.1 gigawatts of reliable electricity. The information, which is updated on a monthly basis, is presented in a tabular format to help users easily access and sort data.” Wondering about microgrids? NC State has you covered.

Environment+Energy Leader: New Tool Offers Investors Ability to Directly Compare Emissions from 300 US Oil & Gas Companies

Environment+Energy Leader: New Tool Offers Investors Ability to Directly Compare Emissions from 300 US Oil & Gas Companies. “A new analysis from Ceres and the Clean Air Task Force allows investors to directly compare emissions intensity and total reported emissions for US oil and gas producers. The analysis used publicly available data to develop comparable metrics that highlight the GHG [greenhouse gas] performance of nearly 300 onshore oil and gas producers in the US.”

Berkeley Lab Electricity Markets & Policy: New data tool explores trends in wholesale power prices and renewable energy supply

Berkeley Lab Electricity Markets & Policy: New data tool explores trends in wholesale power prices and renewable energy supply. “Variable renewable generation can have important impacts to pricing patterns at the local level, but those patterns are often obscured when looking at regional average annual pricing trends. The Renewables and Wholesale Electricity Prices (ReWEP) tool allows users to compare pricing trends across locations, regions, and a number of different timeframes, down to the nodal level. These comparisons illustrate the ongoing interactions between wind and solar generation and wholesale energy prices.”

Environmental Defense Fund: New Tool Helps New York Gas Utility Planners Align Business Decisions with Climate Goals

Environmental Defense Fund: New Tool Helps New York Gas Utility Planners Align Business Decisions with Climate Goals. “The Gas Company Climate Planning Tool is a free, unbiased and data-driven model for state regulators, utilities and the public to evaluate the long-term climate impacts of various energy scenarios. Pre-populated with publicly reported natural gas data from all 50 states, it can be used to evaluate energy scenarios anywhere in the country to help reduce the pollution and costs associated with new gas utility infrastructure investments.”

Department of Energy Solar Decathlon: Visit Solar Decathlon’s First Virtual Village To Tour One-of-a-Kind, High-Performance Homes Online!

Department of Energy Solar Decathalon: Visit Solar Decathlon’s First Virtual Village To Tour One-of-a-Kind, High-Performance Homes Online!. “The U.S. Department of Energy is excited to announce the opening of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon® Virtual Village on Monday, April 12. The Virtual Village will showcase zero energy homes designed and constructed around the world by Solar Decathlon 2020 Build Challenge teams. Industry partners, schools, future collegiate teams, and the interested public are invited to participate in no-cost, virtual tours of the homes, hosted by participating teams.”

Coming soon: A public database of global fossil fuel reserves (Toronto Star)

Toronto Star: Coming soon: A public database of global fossil fuel reserves. “Energy experts are working to produce the world’s first public and complete database of fossil fuel reserves in the lead-up to this year’s UN climate summit. The ‘Global Registry of Fossil Fuels’ would fill a major gap in public knowledge, where only expensive or proprietary databases on fossil fuel reserves have existed before, or ones that are not detailed enough or are designed for industry use.”

Longview News-Journal: East Texas Oil Museum announces launch of digital photograph archives

Longview News-Journal: East Texas Oil Museum announces launch of digital photograph archives. “The East Texas Oil Museum in Kilgore has been preserving city, local and regional history for more than 40 years. And now, the museum has announced a new, more modern step in its mission to collect and share items, photographs and more from the East Texas Oil Boom. In addition to viewing historical photos inside the museum, visitors can now view digital copies — carefully cataloged and researched — online.”

Boston University: GDP Center Launches New “China’s Global Power Database”

Boston University: GDP Center Launches New “China’s Global Power Database”. “The Global Development Policy (GDP) Center, an affiliated regional center at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, has launched the ‘China’s Global Power Database’ (CGP), the first database to systematically analyze and compare China’s policy bank finance and foreign direct investment (FDI) in the energy sector.”

Eyes on the Ties: Five Ways to Research Your University’s Fossil Fuel (and Other) Investments

Eyes on the Ties: Five Ways to Research Your University’s Fossil Fuel (and Other) Investments. “For student organizers building fossil fuel divestment campaigns on their campuses, a first step is finding out what exactly your university is invested in. This information is sometimes hard to discover – indeed, many university investments are undisclosed and shrouded in mystery. But the good news is that you can usually dig up findings on university investments – including those made directly by universities and by private university-affiliated organizations that invest endowments – by using just a few research tactics.”

Washington Post: How the Cares Act poured millions into corporate hands with no strings attached

Washington Post: How the Cares Act poured millions into corporate hands with no strings attached. “For pipeline company Antero Midstream, a firm at the forefront of the Appalachian fracking boom, the mammoth stimulus bill known as the Cares Act delivered a quick and happy benefit: a $55 million payment from the Treasury Department. The payment came with no strings attached. And although the legislation was partly tailored to help businesses keep people employed, Antero didn’t need to agree to hire or retain any workers. It didn’t need to promise to invest in its business. And it didn’t need to pledge to meet any new regulatory standards.”