Singapore's Shipping Port Records Strong Growth In 2013

Several major US oil producers are opening their wallets to lobby for policy changes that would allow crude oil – or minimally-processed condensate – to be exported. Refiners, democrats and the environmental community are generally opposed and a major sticking point remains the question of whether exporting US oil would increase domestic gasoline prices, despite considerable research finding exports would not. [Wall Street Journal]

Policymakers in Idaho, several mountain states and Alberta, Canada think creating a regional energy policy can transcend national debate and advance clean energy ambitions. “Instead of simply selling tar sands oil, gas and coal, Dallas and Montana Department of Commerce program manager Tom Kaiserski want to take a piece of that revenue and invest it in research and development to make these vast resources emit less carbon.” [Idaho Statesman]

Verizon is investing $40 million to install 10.2 MW of solar panels at its facilities across 5 states. “With the new solar panel projects, which will be built by SunPowerVerizon says it will have 25 MW of clean energy under management, which is enough power for about 8,500 average American homes per year.” [Gigaom]