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  • Consortium Drops Its Plan to Build New Power Lines

    04/04/2009 8:08:08 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies · 521+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 3, 2009 | Leslie Kaufman
    A consortium of private investors that sought to build high-voltage electricity transmission lines to carry power from renewable sources upstate to New York City said on Friday that it was suspending its efforts. The consortium, New York Regional Interconnect, cited a ruling made on Tuesday by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington upholding a review process that demands that each such project be subject to a cost-benefit analysis and receive the support of 80 percent of the beneficiaries. Regional Interconnect said it interpreted the decision as giving its main competitor, Con Edison, which purchases almost all of the electricity...
  • "Green Jobs"--Another Hoax (First Hoax is Obama)

    04/01/2009 7:16:46 AM PDT · by yoe · 19 replies · 969+ views
    Power Line ^ | March 31, 2009 | John Hinderaker
    One of the defining features of the Obama administration so far is its almost pathological inability to make hard choices--or even to acknowledge that hard choices need to be made. A prime example is the administration's insistence that making energy more expensive will somehow benefit our economy. This proposition is so foolish as to be almost self-refuting: in my view, anyone who doesn't understand that you can't create wealth by subsidizing the inefficient production of energy shouldn't be voting. In particular, Barack Obama has trumpeted the creation of "green jobs" as somehow offsetting the obvious damage that will be done...
  • Cost Works Against Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources in Time of Recession

    03/29/2009 4:06:22 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies · 641+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 28, 2009 | Matthew L. Wald
    [A]s Congress begins debating new rules to restrict carbon dioxide emissions and promote electricity produced from renewable sources, an underlying question is how much more Americans will be willing to pay to harness the wind and the sun. ... [T]he Electric Power Research Institute, a nonprofit consortium financed by investor- and publicly-owned utilities, predicted in November that even for plants coming on line in 2015, wind energy would cost nearly one-third more than coal and about 14 percent more than natural gas. The cost of solar thermal electricity, made by using the sun’s heat to boil water and spin a...
  • The Solar and Renewable Utopia

    03/24/2009 6:50:29 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies · 376+ views
    National Review (Planet Gore) ^ | March 24, 2009 | William Tucker
    “We know the right thing to do,” said President Barack Obama at his press conference on energy this afternoon. “We’ve known the right choice for a generation. The time has come to make that choice and act on what we know. . . . We have achieved more in two months for a clean energy economy than we have done in perhaps 30 years.” Thirty years, that would be . . . hmmm . . . 1979, right? Wasn’t that the year — yes, it was. That was the date when Jimmy Carter finally got his Grand Energy Plan through...
  • Obama's Blueprint for a Daring Green Machine

    02/28/2009 5:52:59 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies · 688+ views
    Barron's ^ | February 28, 2009 | Jim McTague
    [Obama's stimulus plan includes a large government investment in green energy.] But the administration and Congress will have to forcibly change consumer habits, and spend billions of dollars more, if relatively expensive green energy is to become a viable alternative to less-expensive power sources such as coal and oil. They are about to try. The Environmental Protection Agency is drafting rules that will make it unprofitable for utilities to build new coal- and crude-fired plants, and for car makers to manufacture gas-swilling models like sport-utility vehicles and luxury sedans. Separately, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada has pledged to...
  • New Grid for Renewable Energy Could Be Costly

    02/09/2009 5:37:51 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies · 626+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 9, 2009 | Rebecca Smith
    A substantial increase in the amount of electricity produced from renewable energy would require building a transmission system that would carry a price tag of up to $100 billion, according to a new study. The new system would be needed because the existing eastern grid couldn't handle the volume of power coming from the wind-producing states. In addition, the new grid would need to be able to handle the fluctuating nature of wind power, which can surge at some moments and drop sharply at others. There is strong political and public support for increasing production of renewable energy, and Congress...
  • Fixing the Tax Problems of Renewable Energy (with refundable tax credits)

    01/21/2009 2:03:08 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 194+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 21, 2009 | Kate Galbraith
    As the wind and solar industries struggle amid the economic crisis, the new Congress is busy trying to find a solution. The core of the problem, experts say, lies in the tax structure for these industries. Banks invest large amounts of money in renewable energy through “tax equity” structures. What does that mean? In a nutshell, the huge tax credits that the wind and solar industries have received come with a catch: investors need adequate profits to take advantage of them, because the credit is used to offset tax liability. Developers generally don’t have large enough profits to take full...
  • Momentum Slows for Alternative Energy

    10/20/2008 8:09:22 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies · 447+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 20, 2008 | Clifford Krauss
    HOUSTON — For all the support that the presidential candidates are expressing for renewable energy, alternative energies like wind and solar are facing big new challenges because of the credit freeze and the plunge in oil and natural gas prices. Shares of alternative energy companies have fallen even more sharply than the rest of the stock market in recent months. The struggles of financial institutions are raising fears that investment capital for big renewable energy projects is likely to get tighter. Advocates are concerned that if the prices for oil and gas keep falling, the incentive for utilities and consumers...
  • A Chilling View of Warming (Review of Thomas Friedman book "Hot, Flat, and Crowded")

    09/13/2008 10:37:45 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 31 replies · 415+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 13, 2008 | Bjorn Lomborg
    In his latest [book], "Hot, Flat, and Crowded," Thomas L. Friedman makes it clear that he wants to improve conditions for mankind. "I start from the bedrock principle," he writes, "that we as a global society need more and more growth." But because of climate change (hot), ever-more people (crowded) and higher material aspirations of all in a competitive global economy (flat), he believes that the world's growth is leading us toward catastrophe. Mr. Friedman, a columnist for the New York Times, describes this threat in the grimmest of terms. We should expect disasters "of a biblical scale," humans are...
  • California's Tighter Green-Energy Plan Advances

    09/13/2008 9:55:25 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies · 129+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 13, 2008 | Rebecca Smith
    California's two energy agencies Friday endorsed a plan that would require utilities to obtain a third of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020. The California Energy Commission, a policy-and-planning agency, and the California Public Utilities Commission, which regulates utilities, issued the joint recommendation that, if implemented, would be the most ambitious renewable-energy plan in the U.S. But the target raises questions about how much the goal could cost consumers. The plan's price tag is "the question of the hour," says Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, an economist who chairs the California Energy Commission. She endorses the goal but said it could be...
  • Florida to Mandate Greater Use of Renewable Energy

    08/08/2008 6:11:55 PM PDT · by kellynla · 26 replies · 176+ views
    Business Week ^ | August 8, 2008 | DAVID FISCHER
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Talking about renewable energy is nothing new in the Sunshine State, but the push for cleaner energy could soon become a legal mandate. For the first time, Florida is about to require that part of the state's power come from renewable sources. The state has been promoting that idea with grants and tax exemptions for several years, but renewable power makes up less than 3 percent of the total in Florida. Maine, by comparison, gets roughly 18 percent of its power from renewable sources, mostly hydroelectric, the state energy office says. But 100 percent of the power used...
  • 'Major Discovery' Primed To Unleash Solar Revolution

    08/01/2008 4:13:17 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies · 163+ views
    sciencedaily.com ^ | August 1, 2008
    Scientists Mimic Essence Of Plants' Energy Storage SystemScienceDaily (Aug. 1, 2008) — In a revolutionary leap that could transform solar power from a marginal, boutique alternative into a mainstream energy source, MIT researchers have overcome a major barrier to large-scale solar power: storing energy for use when the sun doesn't shine. Until now, solar power has been a daytime-only energy source, because storing extra solar energy for later use is prohibitively expensive and grossly inefficient. With today's announcement, MIT researchers have hit upon a simple, inexpensive, highly efficient process for storing solar energy. Requiring nothing but abundant, non-toxic natural materials,...
  • California unveils ambitious climate plan (prepares all-out assault on state's economy)

    06/26/2008 10:15:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 102+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/26/08 | Nichola Groom
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California on Thursday took a major step forward on its global warming fight by unveiling an ambitious plan for clean cars, renewable energy and stringent caps on big polluting industries. The plan, which aims to reduce pollutants by 10 percent from current levels by 2020 while driving investment in new energy technologies that will benefit the state's economy, is the most comprehensive yet by any U.S. state. It could serve as a blueprint not only for the rest of the United States, ... "This is of tremendous importance, not only for California," Mary Nichols, chairman of...
  • New solar energy system competitive with fossil fuels

    04/30/2008 5:07:26 AM PDT · by Realism · 13 replies · 86+ views
    Washington, DC - A new solar energy system will soon make it possible to produce electricity at a wholesale cost of 5-cents per kWh (kilowatt hour). This price is competitive with the wholesale cost of producing electricity using fossil fuels and a fraction of the current cost of solar energy. XCPV (Xtreme Concentrated Photovoltaics), a system that concentrates the equivalent of more than 1,600 times the sun's energy onto the world's most efficient solar cells, was announced today by SUNRGI, a solar energy system designer and developer, at the National Energy Marketers Association's 11th Annual Global Energy Forum in Washington,...
  • Are wind farm turbines making people sick? Some say yes

    04/14/2008 1:59:47 PM PDT · by newgeezer · 44 replies · 71+ views
    The Kansas City Star ^ | Sat, Apr. 12, 2008 10:15 PM | KAREN DILLON
    … Last year, 400-foot-tall wind turbines were erected near King City, some less than 2,000 feet from Charlie Porter’s house on his small acreage. Soon the sounds from the blades swooshing through the air and other noise were driving Porter and his family crazy, he said. “The sound gets in your head like a saw and you can’t get rid of it,” Porter said. “Some people compare it to a train that never arrived.” … Just how healthy is the noise from wind turbines? … One researcher calls it “wind turbine syndrome,” a collection of symptoms that include headaches, anxiety...
  • Renewable energy could 'rape' nature

    11/12/2007 8:46:16 PM PST · by T Ruth · 65 replies · 51+ views
    NewScientist.com news service ^ | 25 July 2007 | Phil McKenna
    Ramping up the use of renewable energy would lead to the "rape of nature", meaning nuclear power should be developed instead. So argues noted conservation biologist and climate change researcher Jesse Ausubel in an opinion piece based on his and others' research. Ausubel (who New Scientist interviewed in 2006) says the key renewable energy sources, including sun, wind, and biomass, would all require vast amounts of land if developed up to large scale production – unlike nuclear power. That land would be far better left alone, he says. Renewables are "boutique fuels" says Ausubel, of Rockefeller University in New York,...
  • SUSTAINABLE OIL?

    06/27/2007 7:44:27 PM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 71 replies · 1,868+ views
    Woeld Net Dily ^ | May 24, 2004 | Chris Bennett
    About 80 miles off of the coast of Louisiana lies a mostly submerged mountain, the top of which is known as Eugene Island. The portion underwater is an eerie-looking, sloping tower jutting up from the depths of the Gulf of Mexico, with deep fissures and perpendicular faults which spontaneously spew natural gas. A significant reservoir of crude oil was discovered nearby in the late '60s, and by 1970, a platform named Eugene 330 was busily producing about 15,000 barrels a day of high-quality crude oil. By the late '80s, the platform's production had slipped to less than 4,000 barrels per...
  • NEW ANTI-WIND LEGISLATIVE PROVISION WOULD MAKE IT A CRIME TO PRODUCE CLEAN WIND ENERGY

    06/15/2007 3:18:07 AM PDT · by MitziRene · 16 replies · 878+ views
    The American Wind Energy Association ^ | 5-23-2007 | Christine Real de Azua
    Wind Group Condemns ‘Unprecedented Effort to Strangle Clean Energy and Subvert Key Part of Global Warming Solution’ The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today sharply criticized a provision in a new bill introduced by Chairman Nick Rahall (D-WV) in the House Natural Resources Committee that the group said would “essentially outlaw the generation of electricity from new wind power plants in the United States and even phase out power production from existing wind turbines.” The provision, Subtitle D of H.R. 2337, would: Bar any new wind power project until new Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) rules are issued – a...
  • A Spark of Hope for Fusion - A new device clears an obstacle to a type of fusion power plant.

    05/30/2007 11:56:45 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 56 replies · 1,352+ views
    www.technologyreview.com ^ | 05/01/2007 | Staff
    Fusion future? Sandia researcher Bill Fowler tests circuits on a device designed to produce large electrical impulses rapidly and repeatedly. Groups of such devices could be used to initiate nuclear fusion. Each element of the system features a pair of large capacitors and a switch arranged in a configuration that minimizes current-slowing magnetic fields. Credit: Randy Montoya A new device could bring high-yield nuclear fusion for generating electricity a step closer to reality, according to researchers at Sandia National Laboratories, in Albuquerque, NM. The technology, developed by Sandia researchers in collaboration with the Institute of High Current Electronics, in Tomsk,...
  • Environmentalists push for renewable energy, efficiency at climate change conference (Bangkok)

    05/02/2007 10:49:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 243+ views
    AP on North County Times ^ | 5/2/07 | Joseph Coleman - ap
    BANGKOK, Thailand -- There's no shortage of ideas for high-tech measures to combat global warming: develop clean biofuels made of corn or palm oil, build more nuclear power stations or bury harmful carbon emissions in underground vaults. But those are the last solutions many environmentalists want to hear about. For the green lobby pushing this week for forceful action at a U.N. conference on limiting the rise in global temperatures, such answers either cost too much, delay an inevitable weaning from fossil fuels or get in the way of the real solutions, such as renewable energy and greater efficiency. "There...
  • Senate panel OKs bill to increase green power (to 15% renewable sources of US electricity by 2020)

    05/02/2007 10:37:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 291+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/2/07 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate may vote later this month on an energy bill that would by 2020 require that 15 percent of U.S. electricity be produced by renewable sources such as wind and solar. The same bill would require 10 percent of federal power purchases to be produced by "green" methods by 2010. The Senate Energy Committee on Wednesday sent to the full chamber a bill that also targets demand for gasoline -- the biggest chunk of U.S. petroleum use -- by increasing fuel economy and boosting production of nonpetroleum fuels like ethanol. For full story, double-click...
  • So You want to Establish a Windfarm Eh?

    04/04/2007 5:50:08 PM PDT · by A. Pole · 3 replies · 310+ views
    JOHNRAY ^ | April 2001 | Grabcash and Vannish
    Important instructions for Budding Windfarm Entrepreneurs. Preliminary Notes. * The number one thing to remember in all your dealings is that you are "Green" and therefore hold the moral high ground. This gives you a latitude not available to conventional industry and enables you to cast scorn and derision on opponents. It also means that you can be quite elastic with facts to suit your own purposes. * It is because our Governments are morally bound to the decisions made at Kyoto and have designated "renewable" electricity at over three times as dear as "dirty" coal generated power that windfarms...
  • Wind Power Capacity in U.S. Increased 27% in 2006

    01/23/2007 11:55:28 AM PST · by alnitak · 75 replies · 989+ views
    American Wind Energy Association ^ | January 23, 2007 | AWEA
    WIND POWER CAPACITY IN U.S. INCREASED 27% IN 2006 AND IS EXPECTED TO GROW AN ADDITIONAL 26% IN 2007 Annual industry outlook details increased growth spurred by strong demand, investment of private capital, as well as support of federal and state governments Wind power generating capacity increased by 27% in 2006 and is expected to increase an additional 26% in 2007, proving wind is now a mainstream option for new power generation, according to a market forecast released today by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Wind’s exponential growth reflects the nation’s increasing demand for clean, safe and domestic energy,...
  • CA: Renewable energy gains still far off, reports show

    01/20/2007 9:46:10 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 330+ views
    LA Times ^ | 1/20/07 | Janet Wilson and Elizabeth Douglass
    California's utilities are falling behind schedule in meeting a deadline that 20% of their electricity must come from renewable resources by 2010, newly issued reports from two energy agencies show. In separate updates, state energy regulators paint markedly different pictures of how California is progressing in efforts to procure power from sun, wind, water and waste. But both indicate that a crucial piece of the state's ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gases is sputtering. The California Energy Commission offered a bleak assessment in its Jan. 3 report, saying there had been little real addition to the power grid from renewable...
  • The Perfect Electric Car?

    12/31/2006 12:42:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 130 replies · 3,083+ views
    TecheBlog ^ | December 26, 2006
    Phoenix Motorcars has developed what could possibly be the perfect electric car. Classified as a Sport Utility Truck (SUT), this vehicle “can cruise on the freeway at up to 95 m.p.h. while carrying five passengers and a full payload.” The Phoenix Motorcars SUV will be introduced in late 2007, having a range of 130 miles, and can be recharged in less than 10 minutes with an off-board charging unit or trickle-charged overnight when plugged into a 220V power source, similar to the SUT. The estimated cost to recharge the battery pack is a small fraction of equivalent gasoline costs. Phoenix...
  • Go-ahead for world's largest wind farm

    12/18/2006 4:19:39 AM PST · by alnitak · 47 replies · 1,118+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | Last Updated: 10:34am GMT 18/12/2006 | By Richard Holt and agencies
    The world's largest wind farm, capable of powering a third of London's three million households, is to be built off the coast of south east England. The London Array wind farm, 12 miles (20km) off Kent and Essex, was given the green light by the Department of Trade and Industry today. It will consist of 341 turbines and occupy an area of 90 square miles (232 sq km) between Margate and Clacton. London Array, a consortium of Shell WindEnergy Ltd, E.On UK Renewables and Core Ltd, is behind the £1.5 billion, 1,000 megawatt project. It claims the wind farm will...
  • Why a hydrogen economy doesn't make sense

    12/12/2006 3:37:49 PM PST · by alnitak · 106 replies · 1,858+ views
    PhysOrg.com ^ | 15:44, December 11, 2006 | By Lisa Zyga
    In a recent study, fuel cell expert Ulf Bossel explains that a hydrogen economy is a wasteful economy. The large amount of energy required to isolate hydrogen from natural compounds (water, natural gas, biomass), package the light gas by compression or liquefaction, transfer the energy carrier to the user, plus the energy lost when it is converted to useful electricity with fuel cells, leaves around 25% for practical use — an unacceptable value to run an economy in a sustainable future. Only niche applications like submarines and spacecraft might use hydrogen. “More energy is needed to isolate hydrogen from natural...
  • GOP (?) pushes tax bill through Congress (Ted and John vote 'Yea' to extend wind energy tax credit)

    12/09/2006 4:57:46 PM PST · by DTogo · 24 replies · 873+ views
    Yahooooo! ^ | Dec. 9th, 2006 | (not Duran Duran's) ANDREW TAYLOR
    ...The sweeping votes reflected widespread bipartisan support for extending expired tax breaks, including the research and development tax credit for businesses, sales tax deductions for people in states without income taxes, the tax deduction on college tuition, a tax credit for hiring welfare recipients and others facing difficulties finding jobs and tax credits for alternative energy producers and purchases of solar energy equipment by homeowners and businesses.
  • If hydrocarbons are renewable- then is "Peak Oil" a fraud?

    12/05/2006 1:02:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 159 replies · 3,224+ views
    321 Energy ^ | December 5, 2006 | Joel Bainerman
    Are hydrocarbons "renewable"- and if so- what does such a conclusion mean for the future of the world's oil and natural gas supplies? The question is critical due to the enormous amount of coverage the issue of "Peak Oil" is receiving from the mainstream press. If the supply of hydrocarbons is renewable- then the contrary to the conventional wisdom being touted throughout the mainstream press today- the world is NOT running out of oil. Unbeknownst to Westerners, there have actually been for quite some time now two competing theories concerning the origins of petroleum. One theory claims that oil is...
  • CA: State red tape trips up green energy efforts

    09/24/2006 2:28:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 316+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 9/24/06 | Mark Martin
    Sacramento -- As Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger prepares this week to sign into law the nation's most ambitious effort to address global warming, a key component of California's push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions -- increasing the use of renewable power to create electricity -- has faltered. Despite overwhelming public and political support for renewable power, ratepayer contributions of $319 million, and a 2002 law mandating a dramatic increase in the use of sun and wind to create megawatts, California has boosted its use of renewable energy by less than 1 percent of the state's overall electricity use in the past...
  • Renewable Environmental Solutions Shipped ...

    08/28/2006 10:18:10 PM PDT · by willyd · 2 replies · 496+ views
    www.changingworldtech.com ^ | 5.3.2006 | Julie Gross Gelfand
    Renewable Environmental Solutions Shipped More than 250,000 Gallons (6000 Barrels) of Renewable Diesel Fuel in April 2006 5.3.2006 Julie Gross Gelfand HLD/Blankman Public Relations (516) 536-6811 Changing World Technologies’ waste-to-oil subsidiary, Renewable Environmental Solutions, shipped more than 250,000 gallons (6000 barrels) of renewable diesel fuel in April 2006, representing approximately 30% of the plant’s capacity. The plant is expected to achieve full capacity in the near future. CWT’s renewable diesel product enables local purchasers to offset the rapidly escalating cost of fuel which has disrupted normal operation for many companies. The quantity of oil RES currently supplies to the market...
  • Terminating Global Warming, Energy Dependence or Private Property Rights?

    07/09/2006 6:25:09 AM PDT · by intl trader · 3 replies · 2,067+ views
    In this article, the ITSSD examines whether the Western Governors' Clean Energy Plan, which is intended to terminate the phantom menace known as global warming, is actually another back-door’ environmental regulatory ‘takings’ regime that will benefit some at the expense of others.
  • A risk to radar? New wind farms may be delayed; Pentagon Joins Kennedy's Wind Farm Fight

    06/20/2006 5:38:52 AM PDT · by newgeezer · 26 replies · 1,074+ views
    StarTribune.com ^ | June 12, 2006 – 9:59 PM | Tom Meersman, Star Tribune
    The military is studying whether the turbines interfere with its radar systems. Some say the study is politically motivated. More than $500 million in wind farm developments in Minnesota face potential delays because of a federal directive to study the effects of wind turbines on military radar installations. At least four wind projects in the state—and more than a dozen elsewhere in the Upper Midwest—have been temporarily denied safety permits from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Instead, the FAA has sent notices of "presumed hazard" that effectively prohibit construction until the wind farm proposals are reviewed further... Congress ordered the...
  • Kennedy’s opposition to wind farm is suspicious ( NIMBY Alert )

    04/30/2006 8:35:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 78 replies · 2,405+ views
    Metro West Daily News ^ | April 30, 2006 | John P. Gregg
    Fans of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy have long argued that he has fought the good fight ... But today, he is defending the indefensible: special interest legislation, tucked into a Coast Guard authorization bill, that would give Gov. Mitt Romney the power to veto the proposed Cape Wind energy project, even though it would be in federal waters. The project... more than five miles offshore of Cape Cod. The equivalent of burning 113 million barrels of oil per year. Proponents of Cape Wind say it is an important source of alternative, renewable energy, and it has the backing of such...
  • Congress near blocking Mass. offshore wind farm ( Ted Kennedy NIMBY alert )

    04/07/2006 6:23:05 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies · 1,335+ views
    Reuters ^ | Apr 7, 2006 | Chris Baltimore
    Opponents of a plan to build the first offshore U.S. wind farm in Nantucket Sound off Massachusetts were a step closer on Friday to blocking the $900 million project. Negotiators in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate agreed late on Thursday to give Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney the power to block a plan by Cape Wind Associates LLC to put 130 giant wind turbines near the resort islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Backers say the project could generate enough electricity for most of Cape Cod and nearby islands. Opponents include wealthy residents with yachts and shorefront property near...
  • Save Cape Wind! (Help give Ted, Bobby & John the wind farm they don't want)

    04/04/2006 2:59:06 PM PDT · by DTogo · 12 replies · 490+ views
    American Wind Energy Association ^ | April 4th, 2006 | DTogo
    Please call and write to Congress and ask that they oppose the Stevens Amendment to the Coast Guard Reauthorization bill. The Stevens amendment attempts to block the Cape Wind project for offshore Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. The Conference Committee members are being asked to make a decision on the amendment TODAY. The amendment would allow the Governor veto power over wind farms but would not provide the same veto power over nuclear, coal, oil or other power generation projects. Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R), who has stated that he opposes the Cape Wind project, would have the ability to...
  • New Technology Turns Garbage Into Gold

    01/10/2006 7:59:50 PM PST · by starbase · 54 replies · 2,664+ views
    New Technology Turns Garbage Into Gold IMAGINE... Imagine a machine that can turn almost anything into oil. Imagine that it uses natural processes like heat and pressure, and produces no pollution. Imagine that waste from landfills, refuse from poultry factories, sludge from city sewage, or even infectious medical waste, are used to make the oil. Everybody says it sounds too good to be true. But now we have the science -- and two factories -- to prove it. "This is a solution to three of the biggest problems facing mankind," Brian Appel, CEO of Changing World Technologies, Inc., told Discover...
  • Massive wind farm planned for northern Colorado

    12/29/2005 8:16:06 PM PST · by george76 · 53 replies · 1,115+ views
    9 news ^ | 12/29/2005 | Roger Wolfe
    One of the nation's largest wind farms will soon be constructed... 200 giant turbines will dot the high plains landscape over a 30 square-mile area. Some will stand more than 300 feet in height. The new wind farm is expected to generate enough electricity to power more than 90-thousand homes. Headed by Greenlight Energy Inc. of Charlottesville, Virginia. Xcel Energy plans to purchase electricity from the project.
  • Price Cap Chimera

    11/29/2005 6:59:11 AM PST · by rellimpank · 1 replies · 267+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | 29 Nov 05 | Vincent Carroll
    Fifteen months ago, then House Speaker Lola Spradley sat in the Rocky Mountain News conference room and assured me that Amendment 37's renewable energy mandates contained a granite-hard price cap. "There is a cost cap of 50 cents per
  • US Policy Options for Iran

    07/18/2005 7:37:31 AM PDT · by humint · 14 replies · 1,081+ views
    http://www.iranpolicy.org ^ | 30, June 2005 | Iran Policy Committee
    U.S. Policy Options for Iran: Sham Elections, Disinformation Campaign, Human Rights Abuses, and Regime Change Excerpt from Executive Summary While the Bush administration has been reluctant to adopt an unambiguous policy of regime change for Iran, the outcome of the Iranian electoral process, disinformation campaign, and violations of human rights require adoption of an explicit regime change policy for Iran.  An ambiguous American policy was somewhat effective prior to the June 2005 Iranian elections. That policy allowed Washington to support the European diplomatic initiative toward Iran without fear of being blamed for sabotaging negotiations by threatening the regime’s existence....
  • Senate Approves Renewable Fuels Provision

    06/16/2005 4:08:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 339+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/16/05 | H. Josef Hebert - AP
    WASHINGTON - Utilities would have to generate at least 10 percent of their electricity from renewable sources under a measure the Senate approved Thursday. Separately, a package of environmentally friendly tax incentives was advanced by a committee as senators made clear their intention to fashion a sharply different energy bill from one passed by the House. Electric utilities would have to rely more heavily on wind turbines, solar energy, biomass from garbage or plants and other non-fossil fuels to generate electricity under the provision approved by a 52-48 vote. Opponents argued the mandate, which would begin in 2020, would force...
  • U.S. senator, wind energy foe, owns property on Nantucket (Alexander joins w/Limousine Liberals)

    06/16/2005 1:30:01 PM PDT · by DTogo · 6 replies · 714+ views
    Cape Cod Times ^ | June 16, 2005 | KEVIN DENNEHY and ETHAN ZINDLER
    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., who in recent weeks has emerged as the wind energy industry's public enemy No. 1, is also a Nantucket property owner. Alexander, who last month filed legislation that could hobble the emerging wind industry - including the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm - bought a seaside plot on the eastern edge of Nantucket four years ago for $800,000. Alexander and his wife own the half-acre property in Siasconset through a trust, according to a recent Senate filing. They have not built there and today the property is worth $1.25 million, according to the island's tax...
  • Wind turbines have no place in the Adirondacks, an enviro-group says (on GORE Mt. no less!)

    05/01/2005 7:03:17 AM PDT · by DTogo · 52 replies · 1,186+ views
    The Saratogian ^ | May 1, 2005 | Paul Post
    John Sheehan of the Adirondack Council said there is overwhelming historical precedent to prevent any type of building that detracts from the region's scenic vistas and landscapes. Barton Mines Co. wants to put 10 wind turbines near the north slope of Gore Mountain that would produce 27 megawatts of power. 'Its impact on the state's energy production would be negligible,' Sheehan said. 'But its impact on the Adirondack Park's future would be disastrous. That's the bottom line for us. 'Putting these towers up will not prevent the construction of a single coal-fired power plant, nor will it force a coal...
  • Radio Address by the President to the Nation, 04-16-05

    04/16/2005 8:46:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies · 383+ views
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | 04-16-05 | George W. Bush
    For Immediate ReleaseOffice of the Press SecretaryApril 16, 2005 President's Radio Address      Audio THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. American families and small businesses across the country are feeling the pinch from rising gas prices. If you're trying to meet a family budget or a payroll, even a small change at the pump can have a big impact. America's prosperity depends on reliable, affordable and secure sources of energy. And today our energy needs are growing faster than our domestic sources are able to provide. Demand for electricity has grown more than 17 percent in the past decade, while our transmission...
  • Energy agency lauds wind farm (Limousine Liberals losing ground)

    04/14/2005 11:46:53 AM PDT · by DTogo · 11 replies · 705+ views
    Cape Cod Times ^ | April 14, 2005 | Kevin Dennehy
    The U.S. Department of Energy has praised the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm as an important first step, and perhaps the foundation, of a more focused American wind energy industry. In a letter sent March 31 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - the principal reviewer of the ambitious Cape Wind plan - an energy official predicts the local review process will provide helpful guidance in future wind energy development. David K. Garman, assistant secretary to the office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, suggests the project responds to federal policy that makes alternative energy a priority. Though the...
  • Wind farm foes cite oil-spill risks (opponents find new straws to grasp at)

    02/22/2005 2:40:03 PM PST · by DTogo · 18 replies · 1,234+ views
    Cape Cod Times ^ | 2-22-05 | Doug Fraser
    A report released yesterday by opponents of the proposed wind farm in Nantucket Sound claims that nearly 80 percent of the 130 turbines would be in water deep enough to be vulnerable to a strike by a tanker. The result, the group says, could be a spill severely affecting the Nantucket Sound ecosystem. The Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound commissioned an oil-spill assessment in response to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the Cape Wind Energy Project that was released last November. The oil-spill assessment was conducted by Lighthouse Technical Consultants and The McGowan Group. The public and other interested...
  • Kerry not ready to tilt at Cape windmills (Limousine Liberal exposed)

    12/25/2004 3:08:43 PM PST · by DTogo · 35 replies · 1,457+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 12-23-04 | Andrew Miga
    WASHINGTON - Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), who championed renewable energy in his presidential bid, yesterday said he won't take a stand on the proposed Cape Cod wind farm until the Army Corps of Engineers completes its environmental impact report next year. ``After this process is complete and the environmental impact statement is final, Sen. Kerry will make a decision based on the best interest of our state and our energy future,'' said Kerry spokesman David Wade.
  • GE to Supply 207 Wind Turbines for MidAmerican Energy Company's Wind Generation Project

    GE to Supply 207 Wind Turbines for MidAmerican Energy Company's Wind Generation Project 310.5-MW Wind Project Will Be One of World's Largest ORLANDO, FLORIDA (November 30, 2004) — GE Energy has been selected as the wind turbine supplier for MidAmerican Energy Company's 310.5-megawatt project in Iowa that, when completed in 2005, will be among the world's largest wind generation facilities. Owned by MidAmerican Energy Company of Des Moines, Iowa, the project is being developed by enXco, Inc. and Clipper Windpower. The project is located at two sites in north central and northwest Iowa. The sites will utilize 100 and 107...
  • Liberals not opposed to nixing of Wind Farm plans

    10/07/2004 9:41:41 AM PDT · by DTogo · 9 replies · 449+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | Oct. 7, 2004 | DTogo
    The controversial wind farm proposed off Cape Cod could be blocked indefinitely by last-minute language that a Virginia senator is trying to insert in a US defense bill. The proposal by Senator John Warner, a Republican, would suspend any applications for offshore wind farms until Congress establishes a comprehensive set of rules to govern their construction. The language would be attached to the Defense Authorization Act, being finalized this week by members of a committee headed by Warner.
  • Daniel Weintraub: State poised to move faster on renewable power

    09/16/2004 6:40:29 PM PDT · by farmfriend · 18 replies · 279+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | September 16, 2004 | Daniel Weintraub
    Daniel Weintraub: State poised to move faster on renewable power By Daniel Weintraub -- Bee Columnist Published 2:15 am PDT Thursday, September 16, 2004 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is at odds with the Legislature over how best to ensure that Californians have enough electricity to keep the lights on in the years ahead. But whether that electricity comes mainly from monopoly utilities or private generators, Schwarzenegger and lawmakers seem to agree that more of it should be generated from renewable resources. During his campaign for office last fall, Schwarzenegger pledged to accelerate the state's commitment to renewables by mandating that 20...