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  • Tesla shares drop after cutting outlook [amends loan agreement with U.S.Energy Dept]

    09/26/2012 8:39:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 25, 2012 | Mark Clothier
    Tesla Motors Inc., the electric-car maker led by Elon Musk, fell the most in two months after cutting its revenue outlook for the third quarter because of supplier shortcomings and other delays in the production of its Model S sedan. Tesla slid nearly 10 percent to $27.64 Tuesday after the company said in a regulatory filing that it expects to generate $44 million to $46 million in third-quarter sales, compared with analyst estimates of $83.1 million. ..........Already the company's largest shareholder, Musk may buy 33,311 more shares, the company said in the filing. Tesla, whose investors include Toyota Motor Corp....
  • U.S. poised to hand over $197 million to San Jose solar panel startup

    09/24/2012 2:50:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 9/24/12 | Nichola Groom - Reuters
    LOS ANGELES -- A tiny San Jose solar company named SoloPower will flip the switch on production at a U.S. factory Thursday, a major step toward allowing it to tap a $197 million government loan guarantee awarded under the same controversial program that supported failed panel maker Solyndra. SoloPower has initiated a strategy to differentiate it from struggling commodity players in the solar panel industry. Still, there are several similarities between SoloPower and Fremont-based Solyndra -- which became a lightning rod in the U.S. Presidential campaign this year after taking in more than $500 million in government loans and then...
  • Microsoft and Bad Green Energy

    09/24/2012 12:24:32 PM PDT · by Shout Bits · 5 replies
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 09/24/2012 | Shout Bits
    The New York Times did a typical anti-corporate hit piece on Microsoft yesterday, implying that the tech giant is a polluter, wasted energy, and acted as an evil corporate thug against the will of rural America. Unwittingly, the Times actually exposed some of the core fallacies of the 'green' movement's shibboleths. As do Google, Amazon, and many others, Microsoft bought some rural farmland to house the computers that power its online services such as Bing and HotMail. Microsoft chose Central Washington State because the area's hydroelectric generators allow Microsoft to achieve 'carbon neutrality,' a corporate goal. While most of the...
  • Tax Credit in Doubt, Wind Power Industry is Withering

    09/21/2012 12:25:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 24, 2012 | Diane Cardwell
    ........At its peak in 2008 and 2009, the industry employed about 85,000 people, according to the American Wind Energy Association, the industry’s principal trade group. About 10,000 of those jobs have disappeared since, according to the association, as wind companies have been buffeted by weak demand for electricity, stiff competition from cheap natural gas and cheaper options from Asian competitors. Chinese manufacturers, who can often underprice goods because of generous state subsidies, have moved into the American market and have become an issue in the larger trade tensions between the countries. In July, the United States Commerce Department imposed tariffs...
  • Most of Michigan is 'Poor' or 'Marginal' For Wind Energy - Greens Push On

    09/19/2012 1:56:56 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/17/2012 | Tom Gantert
    The newest wind turbines are nearly 500 feet tall and will be needed in Michigan to try to meet the demands of Proposal 3, the 25 percent renewable energy mandate, if voters pass the amendment in November. That's because almost the entire state of Michigan is “poor” or “marginal” for wind as a resource at 50 meters above ground (see image), according to the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The information says Michigan’s best wind opportunities at 50 meters, which would be classified as "excellent" and "outstanding," are all located offshore. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory says...
  • San Francisco Offloads Green Power Bills Onto U.S. Taxpayers

    09/19/2012 10:02:33 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 3 replies
    Calwatchdog.com ^ | Sept. 19, 2012 | Wayne Lusvardi
    San Francisco must have taken a chapter out of Laer Pearce’s new book “Crazifornia.” The city’s new CleanPower SF plan garners subsidies from U.S. taxpayers for green-power purchases. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? But you would have to be crazy not to shift your green power purchases onto U.S. taxpayers if laws provide for it. And what city wouldn’t want to do it if it could cover it up as part of their compliance with AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006? San Francisco is “gaming the system,” just as Enron supposedly did in the 2001 state energy...
  • 2 Texas plants are considered for endangered list [mining, oil and gas development blamed]

    09/16/2012 5:29:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 16, 2012 | Matthew Tresaugue Environment reporter
    The humble yellow flower, no bigger than a quarter, shows itself only three months a year, in places where few people will ever see it. The Texas golden gladecress, it seems, is as close as a living thing can be to not being there at all. In fact, the plant, found only in the wet glades of East Texas, has all but disappeared because of mining activity, oil and gas development and more, prompting the federal government this week to propose listing it as an endangered species.............................................
  • S.F. floats risky bet on green power

    09/14/2012 10:48:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 13, 2012 | Staff
    San Francisco's persistent fascination with public power is up for another test. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors will consider an attractive but flawed plan to offer clean energy and shake up the utility landscape. At issue is a long-studied proposal that tests the public appetite for going 100 percent renewable on electric power, an option not offered by the city's only provider, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. The proposal is public-power-lite, afforded by a state law that allows a city to line up renewable energy as a consumer option. The plan, called CleanPowerSF, calls for an outside source to...
  • The Greatest Man You’ve Never Heard Of: Norman Borlaug, An American Hero

    09/13/2012 10:04:39 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy ^ | 9/12/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    Called "arguably the greatest American in the 20th century," during his 95 years, Norman Borlaug probably saved more lives than any other person. He is one of just six people to win the Nobel Peace Prize, the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. And yet Borlaug, who died three years ago today, is scarcely known in his own country. Born in Iowa in 1914, Borlaug spent most of his life in impoverished nations inventing, improving and teaching the "Green Revolution." His idea was simple: Make developing countries self sufficient in food by teaching them how to use...
  • Solyndra lawsuit: Full refund to taxpayers

    09/13/2012 2:32:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9-12-12 | Jim McElhatton
    Many Americans were upset when solar-panel maker Solyndra filed for bankruptcy last September owing taxpayers more than $500 million, but retiree Robert Grady Jr. was different. The more he read about the failed company, the more irritated he became. Finally, weeks after the bankruptcy case began, Mr. Grady did something he’d never done before. He filed a claim in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. It turned out to be the biggest single claim in the case — $535 million — but it wasn’t on behalf of himself. Rather, Mr. Grady, 57, made the claim on behalf of U.S. taxpayers because he said...
  • Another U.S. Solar Manufacturer Shuts Down

    09/12/2012 8:21:26 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9/12/2012 | Todd Woody
    After raising more than $100 million over the past seven years, GreenVolts, a California startup that makes concentrating photovoltaic systems, has closed its doors after a major investor abruptly withdrew financial support for the company. “A sudden, and unexpected, change in direction from a major strategic investor has affected GreenVolts’ access to funding,” the company said Wednesday in a statement, referring to ABB, the Swiss power and automation giant. “The impact was at the last minute and so severe that GreenVolts cannot continue normal operation and has reduced its workforce to a small team to provide customer support and engage...
  • GM's Volt - The ugly math of low sales, high costs

    09/10/2012 5:40:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 10, 2012 | Bernie Woodall and Paul Lienert and Ben Klayman
    Nearly two years after the introduction of the path-breaking plug-in hybrid, GM is still losing as much as $49,000 on each Volt it builds, according to estimates provided to Reuters by industry analysts and manufacturing experts. Cheap Volt lease offers meant to drive more customers to Chevy showrooms this summer may have pushed that loss even higher. There are some Americans paying just $5,050 to drive around for two years in a vehicle that cost as much as $89,000 to produce.
  • Otter Tail sells wind tower business; jobs remain uncertain

    09/07/2012 5:21:10 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 9-7-12 | Leslie Brooks Suzukamo
    Otter Tail Corp. said Thursday that it has sold its wind tower manufacturing business, DMI Industries, to Trinity Industries of Dallas for $20 million. The Fergus Falls, Minn.-based conglomerate, which also owns Otter Tail Power Co., said it closed on the sale of the property, plant and equipment at its Fort Erie, Ontario, plant on Thursday, Sept.6. The sale of its DMI plants in West Fargo, N.D. and Tulsa, Okla., plants will close in November and December respectively. Trinity Industries makes wind towers, rail cars and other products that require heavy metal fabrication, Otter Tail spokesman Michael Olsen said. Otter...
  • Solar energy company missed state payments over Iron Range plant

    09/05/2012 3:39:50 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 9-5-12 | Leslie Brooks Suzukamo
    The solar energy systems manufacturer has missed the first two payments of a $1.5 million state loan to build a factory on the Iron Range last year, but state and company officials say they're optimistic the business can still thrive if a state rebate program are extended. Silicon Energy failed to make $80,000 in schedule quarterly payments earlier this year, and it has reduced its workforce at its Mountain Iron, Minn., assembly plant from 15 employees to 11, Tony Sertich, commissioner of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board, said Wednesday, Sept. 5. Silicon Energy, based in Washington State, has...
  • Obama’s 2nd-term agenda: Global warming, immigration, taxes

    09/04/2012 2:35:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | September 4, 2012 | Lesley Clark
    .....More may be revealed this week as the Democrats meet in Charlotte, N.C., when the president will be formally nominated as their candidate. Some of the possible second-term goals are ones he set aside in the first when they were too difficult or politically costly. They include a rewrite of immigration laws, efforts to combat global warming and a sweeping change in the tax code beyond the year-to-year extensions of Bush-era tax cuts.... The government faces a “fiscal cliff” of scheduled tax increases and spending cuts at the end of this year. If he and Congress can’t reach a permanent...
  • Biden's Green Bay Gaffe: Claims Only 1,980 Troops Have Died in Afghanistan

    09/03/2012 4:46:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 9/3/12 | Tim Graham
    ABC reporter Arlette Saenz reported for The Note on Joe Biden’s speech Sunday in the Green Bay area, including this statement: "In Afghanistan, we have lost 1,980 fallen angels as of yesterday, and I’m precise because every single one of those lives deserves to be recognized. Wrong: The U.S. death toll in Afghanistan at the end of August was 2,101. Biden somehow subtracted from the Defense Department count, ignoring three civilian casualties and 118 soldiers who died elsewhere after medical evaluation. Did they not deserve to be recognized? Saenz led with Biden attacking Paul Ryan for failing to admit in...
  • Democrats work to go green at Charlotte convention venues

    09/02/2012 7:28:51 AM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/02/12 | Ben Geman
    Democrats work to go green at Charlotte convention venuesBy Ben Geman - 09/02/12 06:00 AM ET Democrats want their national convention in Charlotte, N.C., to have a big effect on the 2012 election and a small footprint on the planet. “We are doing a lot, on a number of fronts, to maximize the sustainable elements of everything we are doing,” said Theo LeCompte, chief operating officer of the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC). “It has been a priority for us from the beginning,” LeCompte said in an interview about environmental efforts at the early September event. From beefed-up recycling to...
  • A Romney Presidency: A “Minor Impact” On America’s Electric Car Market?

    09/01/2012 5:40:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    GAS-2 ^ | August 2, 2012 | Andrew Meggison
    If elected President, presumptive GOP nominee Willard Mitt Romney said he would sell off the American governments 26% share in General Motors (GM), take a hard look at pending fuel efficiency mandates as well as electric vehicle (EV) subsidies. That not all. Romney said he would review the pending Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) mandates slated to put the auto industry on course toward a 54.5 mile per gallon fleet wide average by 2025. Even so, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk isn’t worried. Should he be? Romney’s approach to the auto market? Hands off. In fact, Romney says if he...
  • College President Pushes Conservation While Taxpayers Pay $30K A Year In Energy Costs For Her House

    08/30/2012 1:55:34 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/30/2012 | Tom Gantert
    University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman has said her college needs to be a global leader when dealing with energy sustainability. Yet, Coleman's own university provided residence has the most expensive energy costs among state universities, both in total costs and cost per square feet, with a gas-electric-steam bill reaching nearly $30,000 in one year. When receiving a grant for "sustainablity fellows" from Dow Chemical last year to help people "live cleaner, greener and sustainably," Coleman said: "[This partnership] is broad and comprehensive as sustainablity itself, and frankly, I believe it is the only way to solve problems as...
  • CHP Industry Hails White House Executive Order Supporting Combined Heat & Power

    08/30/2012 8:23:16 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    United Business Media ^ | 8-30-12 | PR Newswire
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The U.S. Clean Heat & Power Association (U.S. CHP Association) today praised the Obama Administration for today's Executive Order, "Accelerating Investment in Industrial Energy Efficiency," which calls for a national combined heat and power deployment goal of an additional 40GW by 2020. Currently supplying twelve percent (12%) of U.S. energy capacity, CHP systems can reach efficiencies above eighty percent (80%). There is approximately 82 GW of CHP installed in the U.S. and industry estimates indicate the technical potential for additional CHP at existing sites in the U.S. is approximately 130 GW (plus...
  • High-Speed Rail Is Definitely Green

    08/29/2012 11:37:02 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies
    East Bay Express ^ | 8/29/12 | Max Pringle
    Opponents of high-speed rail contend that it's a boondoggle because of its $68 billion pricetag. But a recent UC Berkeley study provides evidence that a California bullet train might be a good investment, particularly when it comes to reducing greenhouse gases and fighting climate change. The study, published recently in the journal Environmental Research Letters, was the result of two years of research by UC Berkeley civil and environmental engineering professor Arpad Horvath and Mikhail Chester, professor at Arizona State University's School of Sustainable Engineering and The Built Environment. The study analyzed the environmental sustainability of a high-speed rail network...
  • Media Promotes Massively Inflated 'Green Jobs' Number Put Out by Ballot Proposal Supporters

    08/29/2012 5:29:56 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/26/2012 | Tom Gantert
    When is a job not a job? When it’s a job year. Although it sounds like a riddle told at an economic development convention, it has become a central point of an emerging debate about a ballot initiative that would increase the state’s renewable energy mandate from 10 percent to 25 percent. At the heart of the controversy is how a study, which was done under a contract between Michigan State University and the Michigan Environmental Council, described how it calculated the amount of jobs the 25 percent mandate would create if passed. The study said 74,495 “job years” would...
  • College President Pushes Conservation While Taxpayers Pay $30K A Year In Energy Costs For Her House

    08/27/2012 3:13:38 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/27/2012 | Tom Gantert
    University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman has said her college needs to be a global leader when dealing with energy sustainability. Yet, Coleman's own university provided residence has the most expensive energy costs among state universities, both in total costs and cost per square feet, with a gas-electric-steam bill reaching nearly $30,000 in one year. When receiving a grant for "sustainablity fellows" from Dow Chemical last year to help people "live cleaner, greener and sustainably," Coleman said: "[This partnership] is broad and comprehensive as sustainablity itself, and frankly, I believe it is the only way to solve problems as...
  • Gov't Report: Wind Energy Needs Taxpayer Support To Survive

    08/27/2012 1:36:51 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 24 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/21/2012 | Tom Gantert
    A 2011 Wind Technologies Report released by the U.S. Department of Energy in August highlights how dependent wind energy is upon government subsidies. The report cites government aid as two of the three key factors that contributed to growth in the market in 2011. The continuation of state and federal incentives for wind energy and the ability to meet construction deadlines to qualify for a federal grant program were two of the factors. The report states that forecasts for 2013 and beyond span a wide range "depending in large measure on assumptions about the possible extension of federal incentives." The...
  • SpaceX: Solyndra in Space

    08/26/2012 10:17:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 62 replies
    Big Government - Breitbart ^ | August 24, 2012 | George Landrith
    Despite the news and pictures from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, America's once great space program is on life support because we no longer have a serious manned space exploration program....And the Obama Administration's unimaginative and amateurish vision for space exploration -- even if successful -- will not revive the dying program. It merely follows the disturbing pattern of the Solyndra scandal, funneling tax dollars to Obama donors and fundraisers. [SNIP] ....SpaceX collects tax dollars so that it can learn how to build and develop something that other companies were doing a generation ago. It is curious that SpaceX is now...
  • Green Party gets its ticket on Pa. ballot (Romney is going to win PA)

    08/24/2012 10:00:17 AM PDT · by 2banana · 17 replies
    Bucks County Courier Times ^ | August 24, 2012 | AP
    HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Green Party has succeeded in getting its national ticket on the Pennsylvania ballot. State elections officials on Thursday approved the substitution of Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala as the party's presidential and vice presidential candidates. Stein is a Harvard-educated physician who ran against Mitt Romney for Massachusetts governor in 2002 and Honkala is a longtime citizen activist in Philadelphia. Officials approved the party's nomination petitions earlier this month, but paperwork confirming that Stein and Honkala are the candidates was not finalized until Thursday.
  • "Clean Energy" Is Obama-Speak for Crony Government

    08/24/2012 8:41:28 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Townhall ^ | August 24, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Breaking news: The Fishwrap of Record has finally discovered that the Obama administration gives its Chicago corporate pals special access to power and regulatory favoritism. On Thursday, The Not-So-New York Times published an A1 story titled "Ties to Obama Aided in Access for Big Utility." Everyone, put on your shocked faces! "With energy an increasingly pivotal issue for the Obama White House," the Times intoned, "a review of Exelon's relationship with the administration shows how familiarity has helped foster access at the upper reaches of government and how, in some cases, the outcome has been favorable for Exelon." You mean...
  • Watchdog who exonerated Obama on energy loans now an Obama donor

    08/23/2012 8:41:06 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 4 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 8/23/12 | ap
    WASHINGTON – A veteran Wall Street executive who performed an independent review that exonerated the Obama administration's program of loans to energy companies contributed $52,500 to re-elect President Barack Obama in the months since completing his work,
  • Sea otter numbers up, but so are deaths [a progressive's glass is NEVER half full]

    08/22/2012 4:25:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 21, 2012 | Peter Fimrite
    The California sea otter, whose luscious coat was so coveted by fur traders that the species was nearly wiped out, is holding steady in its west coast sanctum despite a record number of deaths, including an alarming uptick in shark attacks. .... The number of bite wounds found on the otters, almost all of which appear to be from great white sharks, were perplexing to scientists considering that only 339 of the toothy predators were recently counted in local waters, far fewer than researchers expected. In addition to the increase in adult otters, there were also more otter pups in...
  • Obama Administration Announces Seven Major Renewable Energy Infrastructure Projects

    08/21/2012 3:34:51 PM PDT · by EBH · 46 replies
    White House ^ | 8/7/2012 | Office of the Press Secretary
    We Can’t Wait: Obama Administration Announces Seven Major Renewable Energy Infrastructure Projects that Would Power 1.5 million Homes to be Expedited WASHINGTON, DC – Today, as a part of his We Can’t Wait initiative, President Obama announced that seven nationally and regionally significant solar and wind energy projects will be expedited, including projects in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Wyoming. Together, these job-creating infrastructure projects would produce nearly 5,000 megawatts (MW) of clean energy – enough to power approximately 1.5 million homes, and support the President’s all-of-the-above strategy to expand American made energy. As a part of a Presidential Executive Order...
  • Fisker Issues Second Recall of Electric Car (initiates voluntary recall of Karmas)

    08/20/2012 8:02:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/20/12 | Randy Kreider | ABC News
    After the second of two mysterious fires in a Karma sedan, the government-backed electric car-maker Fisker has initiated a voluntary recall of its luxury vehicles. In a statement, Fisker spokesman Roger Ormisher said that Fisker engineers and an independent fire expert had "identified the root cause" of a fire that swept through a Karma parked outside a Woodside, California grocery store on August 10. "The investigation located the ignition source to the left front of the Karma, forward of the wheel, where the low-temperature cooling fan is located," said the statement. "The final conclusion was that this sealed component had...
  • Fire destroys barn in Napoleon Township [do it yourself electric car]

    08/20/2012 5:50:50 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 25 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | Monday, August 20, 2012 | Lauryn Schroeder
    NAPOLEON TWP., MI -- A man using a solder iron Monday afternoon to work on his vehicle accidentally caught the pole barn he was working in on fire, destroying it and its contents. Dick Atkins of Napoleon Township said he was working in a pole barn at his home on Cady Road on Monday trying to change a Buick into an electric vehicle. Capt. Nate Michael of the Napoleon Township Fire Department said Atkins told him the iron became hot in his hands, he threw it down and tried to kick it away. A fire started, and Atkins called 911....
  • Gone with the Wind (Our Money)

    08/17/2012 1:26:33 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 5 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 16,2012 | BY: CJ Ciaramella
    Green energy firm sacks two-thirds of American workforce days after receiving $32 million government loan ust days after the Export-Import Bank approved a multi-million dollar federal loan guarantee to benefit a mostly foreign-based wind-energy outfit, the company pink-slipped more than 200 American workers. The Export-Import Bank, a federal agency that promotes and finances sales of U.S. exports to foreign buyers, approved a $32 million loan guarantee on Aug. 2 for a Brazilian firm to purchase wind turbines from LM Wind Power. According to its website, LM Wind Power is headquartered in Denmark. “Ex-Im Bank’s financing, which guarantees a Bank of...
  • Examiner Editorial: To protect ethanol, Obama seeks to inflate meat prices

    08/15/2012 9:38:49 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 14 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 14,2012 | Editorial
    Thanks to the ethanol mandate, more than 40 percent of the nation's corn crop now goes into the production of a useless fuel that hardly anyone would buy if the government didn't require it. That's up from just 17 percent in 2005, before the mandate went into effect. Only 36 percent of the corn crop now goes for feed, and 24 percent goes for food. Obama could solve this problem instantly by suspending the federal ethanol mandate -- something his EPA actually can do unilaterally and legally. Instead, Obama will buy up meat -- a move that meat producers say...
  • Obama’s DOE Doles Out $43M For Green Energy Projects Deemed “Too Risky For The Private Sector”

    08/15/2012 5:11:49 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8-13-12 | penny starr
    The Department of Energy announced the distribution of $43 million in funding for the development of energy storage technology that is “too risky for private-sector investment.” The Aug. 2 press release said the recipients were chosen through two programs of DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy – the Advanced Management and Protection of Energy Storage Devices (AMPED) and Small Business Innovation Research (STTR). “ARPA-E was launched in 2009 to seek out transformational, breakthrough technologies that are too risky for private-sector investment but have the potential to translate science into quantum leaps in energy technology, form the foundation for entirely new industries,...
  • [CA] looks at reducing 'cap and trade' burden on businesses [dole out extra carbon credits]

    08/13/2012 2:16:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 13, 2012 | Dale Kasler
    Big business sees California's global-warming law as a job killer, a $1 billion tax that could force some of the state's heaviest industries to flee. ..state regulators, trying to ease the burden, are studying whether to give hardship breaks to dozens of companies. ....the state would dole out extra carbon credits – the precious allowances that will give industries the license to emit greenhouse gases starting in January.... could save companies millions of dollars. Like practically everything connected with..the Global Warming Solutions Act, the idea is controversial. ..."We're … concerned about the system being gamed," said Kathryn Phillips, director of...
  • How Democrats Say "Crony Corruption" in Spanish: Abengoa

    08/04/2012 8:09:37 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni
    town hall ^ | 8-4-12 | Marita Noon
    This chapter looks at the Spanish company Abengoa that received more than $2.8 billion in loans and grants—making them the second largest recipient of the $16 billion doled out through the DOE 1705 loan guarantee program. From the introduction of this serialized book, the thumbnail says: Abengoa has two solar projects: Solana and Mojave Solar. Solana’s Fitch rating is BB+. Just before Christmas, 2010, the company received $1.45 billion from the DOE for a solar thermal plant, to use parabolic trough technology in Gila Bend, AZ. Mojave Solar’s rating was BB. Yet the company received $1.2 billion in September 2011...
  • Obama’s 'Bank of Washington' applauded by Solyndra CEO in email

    08/02/2012 10:34:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/2/12 | Neil Munro
    Solyndra’s CEO labeled President Barack Obama’s administration “The Bank of Washington.” Chris Gronet offered the description in an internal email one year before the company collapsed in 2010, costing taxpayers roughly $500 million. “The Bank of Washington continues to help us!” he wrote in the October 2009 e-mail, which described several government programs and incentives. The email bolsters GOP claims that Obama’s support of green-tech companies amounted to “crony capitalism.” Several White House officials had close ties to green-tech companies, and many green-tech executives have donated to Obama’s political campaigns.
  • Coming Soon to a Coal-Fired Power Grid Near You: 'Chevy Volt Village'

    08/01/2012 5:24:16 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 4 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | August 1 , 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    'Naturally', Obama's helping to pay for it The dangerous, unloved, taxpayer-subsidized debacle of a 'green' experiment known as the Chevy Volt is now being featured as the centerpiece of still more taxpayer-subsidized, anti-free-enterprise enviromento-social engineering: a low energy residential project touted as a new kind of 'Smart Community'. 'Pecan Street' is a project in Austin, Texas, and known unofficially as 'Chevy Volt Village' at GM and the US Energy Department, which now chipped-in $10.4M in taxpayer money in-addition to all the bailouts, grants, $7500-per-customer government retail subsidies and Soviet-style central-planning that made Government Motors' overpriced, plug-in-P.O.S. possible in the first place. GM is calling...
  • Green Energy Mandate Supporter Claims Individuals 'Do Not Have Rights to Quiet'

    07/27/2012 8:06:24 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 15 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/24/2012 | Jack Spencer
    People who move to the country don't have a right to a quiet environment, according to the head of one of Michigan's major renewable energy advocacy groups. John Sarver, executive director of the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association, made the statement in an email to colleagues in February 2011. It was one of numerous emails obtained through a Freedom Of Information Act request pertaining to wind turbine noise level issues in Michigan. The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association supports the Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs proposal, also called the 25/25 proposal. If passed, the proposal would require 25 percent of Michigan's...
  • Sea Shepherd captain skips bail in Germany

    07/26/2012 11:52:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | July 26, 2012 | Matthew Day
    The US-based Sea Shepherd group said Paul Watson had left Germany for an "undisclosed location". It is thought the captain, who handed his passport over to German authorities when he was arrested in May, may have exploited the Schengen zone to travel to France or the Low Countries. German authorities detained Captain Watson following a request from Costa Rica. The Central American country claimed that his behaviour during an incident on the high seas in 2002 had threatened the safety of the crew of a Costa Rican fishing vessel. The Sea Shepherd has also been involved in number of violent...
  • Surprise: Subsidized “green” energy source, isn’t actually all that green

    07/25/2012 8:05:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/25/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Yes, I know what you're thinking --- headlines of this nature really aren't revelations at all anymore; in fact, they're getting kind of old and tired, at least by my count. But as long as environmentalists continue to use their political clout to prematurely force their quixotic renewable endeavors upon the masses, at the masses’ expense and for the masses' "own good," fear not, for I shall continue to post about it.According to a report by the WSJ, electricity plants that burn biomass as their energy source (organic materials that qualify as biomass can range from wood chips to animal...
  • Air Force spends $59 per gallon on biofuel

    07/24/2012 6:46:10 PM PDT · by Bender2 · 21 replies
    rt.com ^ | 16 June, 2012
    Air Force spends $59 per gallon on biofuel 12 June 2012 If you were mad about $4 per gallon of gas, think about this: the Air Force is spending $59 per gallon on "green biofuel" that supposedly has to compete with traditional petroleum jet fuel. ­The U.S. Navy’s Great Green Fleet demonstration taking place this week, using biofuels at an alarming $26 per gallon, will flaunt the Pentagon’s wasteful spending and is already angering some U.S. lawmakers. But a lesser-known Air Force demonstration cost the government more than twice as much for biofuels. Purchasing 11,000 gallons of alcohol-to-jet fuel from...
  • Blockbuster: O’Keefe exposes Union bosses admitting green jobs are just (bleep)

    Not only that, but these Union bosses are seeking taxpayer funding for jobs that simply require someone to dig a hole and another person to fill it back in. They know it’s “bullsh-t” and even admit it on tape. James O’Keefe and Project Veritas keep hitting it out of the park with these fantastic reports:
  • Wind Association Executive To State Bureaucrats: 'Delete These Types of Emails'

    07/17/2012 8:14:07 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/14/2012 | Jack Spencer
    In an April 25, 2011 email, the head of the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association advised state employees to delete emails pertaining to a potential recommendation that Michigan's noise level limit for wind turbines be lowered. Written 14 months ago, the context of the email was what appears to have been a successful effort by government bureaucrats to derail a pending noise level reduction recommendation. The email advising state employees delete conversations was one of several emails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act pertaining to the wind turbine noise level issue. "I would delete these types of emails because...
  • Green energy bad idea for pension funds

    07/15/2012 7:40:28 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | July 5, 2012 | Bill Gunderson
    State pension fund managers you can relax now: Al Gore is here. Gore wants to put your retirement savings in green energy. He does not want to tell us what companies or how much. Just last month it was revealed that Al Gore’s investment company has been managing assets for New York state and city pension funds for three years. Pension fund officials say Al is doing a great job. But they refuse to tell us where Gore is putting the money. The news of Gore’s involvement in state pension funds comes the same week several research reports surfaced that...
  • GREEN SCAM: 80% Of Green Energy Loans Went To Obama Donors - 19 Companies Went Bust

    07/14/2012 7:21:00 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    gateway pundit ^ | 6-2-12 | jim hoft
    For those who only hear about these failing companies one by one, the following is a list of all the clean energy companies supported by President Obama’s stimulus that are now failing or have filed for bankruptcy. The liberal media hopes you’ve forgotten about all of them except Solyndra, but we haven’t. Evergreen Solar SpectraWatt Solyndra (received $535 million) Beacon Power (received $43 million) AES’ subsidiary Eastern Energy Nevada Geothermal (received $98.5 million) SunPower (received $1.5 billion) First Solar (received $1.46 billion) Babcock & Brown (an Australian company which received $178 million) Ener1 (subsidiary EnerDel received $118.5 million) Amonix (received...
  • Wind Noise Dispute Pits Scientists Against State Officials

    07/12/2012 2:47:28 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/11/2012 | Jack Spencer
    A panel of experts who were appointed to work toward noise level guidelines for wind turbines in Michigan had their work discarded when state bureaucrats didn't like what the panel was coming up with and made up their own rules instead. As a result, there is now no specific state recommended decibel level limit for wind turbines. This means wind turbines can operate at 55 dBA (decibels adjusted to reflect the ear's response to sound), which is the standard Michigan had followed for at least two years. The panel was promoting reducing that level to 40 dBA. The Wind and...
  • What price clean air? (and water)

    07/07/2012 3:38:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 6, 2012 | George Will
    ................the plant and the mine that powers it may be sacrificed to this dubious environmental crusade. The new technology would reduce nitrate aerosols. They, however, are responsible for just 4 percent of what is called “light extinction” over the Grand Canyon. Water falls unbidden from the sky but must be pumped to Arizonans — Tucson is 2,500 feet above sea level. The NGS [Navajo Generating Station ] provides 95 percent of the power for the pumps of the Central Arizona Project (CAP), which made Phoenix and most of modern Arizona possible. A study sponsored by the Interior Department estimates that the...
  • Windmill Spin: 'No' Means Maybe

    07/06/2012 7:02:20 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/3/2012 | Jack Spencer
    Officially, Detroit Edison representatives have said repeatedly that the utility will not put wind turbines where they are not wanted. However, it's not clear exactly what that means. Lake Township, in Huron County, rejected a zoning ordinance that would have allowed wind turbines to operate within township boundaries. The margin wasn't close at 62 to 38 percent. After the election a handful of landowners — most of whom weren't township voters — attempted to circumvent the result by using a Public Act that allows annexation of land with a nearby community. After sparking local outcry, the plan to thwart the...