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  • Why Environmentalists Will Eventually Hate Renewable Power

    04/13/2015 11:37:39 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    Human Events ^ | 2015-04-13 | Donald Kendal
    The proliferation of renewable energy will never please environmentalists. In fact, the more efficient and inexpensive energies like solar and wind become, the more environmentalists will fear and eventually hate them.Currently, arguments against renewable energy are based on the accurate claim they are too inefficient to become widespread. The technology behind solar and wind power are just not where they need to be to justify widespread use. In October 2014, data revealed the massive Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the Mojave Desert fell well short of its anticipated output. During an eight-month period in 2013, the solar plant...
  • EPA rules on residential wood heaters fuel outcry in Minnesota, Wisconsin

    03/09/2015 6:47:48 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 82 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-7-15 | David Lieb
    Smoke wafting from wood fires has long provided a familiar winter smell in many parts of the country -- and, in some cases, a foggy haze that has filled people's lungs with fine particles that can cause coughing and wheezing. Citing health concerns, the Environmental Protection Agency now is pressing ahead with regulations to significantly limit the pollution from newly manufactured residential wood heaters. But some of the states with the most wood smoke -- including Minnesota and Wisconsin -- are refusing to go along, claiming that the EPA's new rules could leave low-income residents in the cold. Missouri and...
  • The Great Renewable Energy Rip-Off

    12/03/2014 9:55:43 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/03/14 | Alan Caruba
    The EPA is not protecting anyone’s health. It is forcing them to pay more for what should be the most traditional and affordable sources of electricity in the world One of the lesser known attempts to prove that renewable energy, wind and solar power, can replace traditional energy sources—coal, oil, and natural gas—went belly up in much the same way current wind and solar companies depend on tapping the taxpayer for government subsidies in order to stay in business. Google’s Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal initiative begun in 2007 and shut down four years later. Two members of the Institute...
  • German govt officials: It’s time to cut our losses with these renewable subsidy programs already

    02/27/2014 11:44:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/27/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    In the full throes of realization that their top-down, heavily subsidized energy-sector transition from fossil fuels and nuclear power to renewable sources has directly resulted in energy prices around three times higher than those in the United States — not to mention a resurgence of coal to close the practicality gap left by those renewables — the German government has been looking for a way to steeply revise the Energiewende program of which they were once so loud and proud. On Thursday, a group of German government officials submitted their recommendations to Chancellor Merkel for saving Germans some of the...
  • Widescale Biodiesel Production from Algae

    05/25/2004 4:28:06 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 34 replies · 4,328+ views
    | About Us | Goals | Research | Links / Downloads | Home Widescale Biodiesel Production from AlgaeMichael Briggs, University of New Hampshire, Physics DepartmentAs more evidence comes out daily of the ties between the leaders of petroleum producing countries and terrorists (not to mention the human rights abuses in their own countries), the incentive for finding an alternative to petroleum rises higher and higher. The environmental problems of petroleum have finally been surpassed by the strategic weakness of being dependent on a fuel that can only be purchased from tyrants.In the United States, oil is primarily used for transportation - roughly two-thirds of all oil...
  • Germany Reinvents the Energy Crisis: A love affair with renewables brings high prices

    11/10/2013 5:07:27 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 8, 2013 | Holman Jenkins
    ObamaCare isn't the only policy train wreck in progress. Like Mao urging peasants to melt down their pots, pans and farm tools to turn China into a steel-producing superpower overnight, Germany dished out subsidies to encourage homeowners and farmers to install solar panels and windmills and sell energy back to the power company at inflated prices. Success—Germany now gets 25% of its power from renewables—has turned out to be a disaster. As Germans rush to grab this easy money, carbon dioxide output has risen, not fallen, because money-strapped utilities have switched to burning cheap American coal to provide the necessary...
  • It's Excellent That Renewable Energy Doesn't Create Many Green Jobs For Jobs Are A Cost

    10/01/2013 7:10:59 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9/30/13 | Tim Worstall, Contributor
    The Wall Street Journal has an interesting walk through some of the myths about renewable energy. It’s not quite (quite!) as expensive as many think, variability isn’t entirely a killer and so on. But the one that interests me most is the assertion that renewables just don’t seem to be creating that many green jobs: During the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama touted the prospect that investing in clean energy could produce five million “green jobs.” The idea of creating jobs helped underpin the $90 billion clean-energy stimulus in 2009 and later efforts, and remains a staple of administration rhetoric. But...
  • Constitutionality of Renewable Energy Mandates in Question

    06/17/2013 8:51:41 AM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 9 replies
    The American Legislator ^ | 6-17-13 | Todd Wynn
    With a potentially striking blow to renewable mandate advocates, a recent federal court ruling calls into question the constitutionality of key components of many states’ renewable energy mandates. On Friday, June 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) against the state of Michigan (among other petitioners) in a dispute over FERC’s plan to apportion costs for new power lines to transport millions of megawatts of wind power around the Great Lakes region.
  • U.S. Army energy saving effort under way

    05/07/2013 5:31:22 PM PDT · by haffast · 13 replies
    UPI ^ | May 6, 2013 at 1:54 PM | UPI
    HUNTSVILLE, Ala., May 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has given the first development contracts for renewable energy technologies under a $7 billion initiative. Five companies were awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity awards in geothermal technologies. The U.S. companies are: Constellation NewEnergy Inc., ECC Renewables LLC, Enel Green Power North America Inc., LTC Federal LLC and Siemens Government Technologies Inc. The multiple award task orders were issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, Ala., working with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force. "Announcement of awards for the remaining technologies -- solar, wind and biomass -- are anticipated...
  • Press Release: $120 million DOE grant boosts California energy storage accelerator (CalCEF & JCESR)

    12/04/2012 10:04:30 AM PST · by NormsRevenge
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | 12/4/12 | PRNewswire/Press Release: CalCEF
    SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A new California innovation accelerator for energy storage firms is getting a "fresh charge," thanks to the U.S. Department of Energy. CalCharge – a partnership between Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and CalCEF, a family of nonprofit organizations working to promote the transition to a clean energy economy-- will play a central role in the newly announced Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), the latest U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Hub. JCESR, led by Argonne National Laboratory in Indiana, will combine the R&D power of five DOE national laboratories, five universities, and four...
  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Renewable Energy Is Key to U.S. Growth

    10/23/2012 10:08:32 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | 10/23/12 | Henry Blodget | Daily Ticker
    One of the most important issues in this year's election is energy. Our ongoing addiction to Mideast oil leaves us dependent on countries that are often unstable and hostile. Developing our own domestic energy resources and investing in renewable energy lessens this dependence. It also has the potential to create jobs and improve our trade deficit. The two presidential candidates have laid out energy plans that sound similar: both President Obama and Governor Romney want to continue to develop domestic energy resources, including renewable energy, with the aim of making the U.S. less dependent on foreign oil. But according to...
  • Alex 'Butcher' Salmond has destroyed Scotland [windfarms]

    10/20/2012 6:28:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | October 20, 2012 | James Delingpole
    Today is the Scottish National Party conference in Perth. At some stage, SNP leader Alex Salmond will no doubt be crowing, as he is wont to do, about his success in transforming Scotland into the "Saudi Arabia of renewables". This is inaccurate. What he has actually done is transform Scotland into the Saudi Arabia of tourism, which is to say he has turned a once-beautiful country into a vast, inhospitable desert which no one in their right mind would want to visit. Scotland's landscape was, until recently, one of the great glories of our national heritage. What made it so...
  • Europe solves its “green” quota, declares gas to be green enough

    06/01/2012 11:36:11 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 5 replies
    This is our favorite news item this week, hands down. The Europeans, so enamored by things green that they have implemented subsidies, mandates and regulations that have nearly strangled their economy, have found a way out of their dilemma. “Energy from gas power stations has been rebranded as a green, low-carbon source of power by a €80bn European Union programme, in a triumph of the deep-pocketed fossil fuel industry lobby over renewable forms of power,” reports the Guardian in Great Britain. There you have it. To make the green quota, simply reclassify a fossil fuel as green enough. Voila! ....
  • DOE: Renewable grant program was a big jobs creator

    04/06/2012 1:43:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    politico ^ | 4/6/12 | ALEX GUILLEN
    A $9 billion Obama administration grant program for renewable energy projects has created tens of thousands of jobs, an Energy Department report out Friday concludes. The report comes just one week after Speaker John Boehner slammed Energy Secretary Steven Chu over the claim and challenged him to provide proof of the jobs creation. The report — conducted by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory — concludes that the program supported 52,000 to 75,000 construction and installation jobs on average over the three years it was in effect. Between 43,000 to 66,000 of those were indirect jobs in the supply chain (for...
  • Gingrich: Obama's No Friend of Renewable Energy

    03/22/2012 5:48:29 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 2 replies
    March 21, 2012 Gingrich: Obama's no friend of renewable energy GOP presidential candidate on why advocates of renewable energy should be outraged at the Obama administration
  • The myth of renewable energy

    11/24/2011 11:10:45 AM PST · by motivated · 33 replies
    Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist ^ | 22 November 2011 | Dawn Stover
    "Clean." "Green." What do those words mean? When President Obama talks about "clean energy," some people think of "clean coal" and low-carbon nuclear power, while others envision shiny solar panels and wind turbines. And when politicians tout "green jobs," they might just as easily be talking about employment at General Motors as at Greenpeace. "Clean" and "green" are wide open to interpretation and misappropriation; that's why they're so often mentioned in quotation marks. Not so for renewable energy, however. Snip..... Renewable energy sounds so much more natural and believable than a perpetual-motion machine, but there's one big problem: Unless you're...
  • Calif. renewable energy goals come at a price

    11/24/2011 8:55:38 AM PST · by SmithL · 20 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/24/11 | David R. Baker, Chronicle Staff Writer
    California's increasing use of renewable power will come at a price, pushing up electricity bills across the state. And while it's impossible to tell how big the cost to consumers will be, some experts fear the total cost of renewable energy in California will be in the billions of dollars. In the next three years, many long-planned solar plants and wind farms will come online, bringing California closer to its goal of getting one-third of the state's electricity from renewable sources by 2020. As soon as they start delivering power to utility companies, the utilities' customers will start paying for...
  • A Gold Rush of Subsidies in the Search for Clean Energy

    11/11/2011 10:29:59 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 11, 2011 | ERIC LIPTON and CLIFFORD KRAUSS
    Halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, on a former cattle ranch and gypsum mine, NRG Energy is building an engineering marvel: a compound of nearly a million solar panels that will produce enough electricity to power about 100,000 homes. The project is also a marvel in another, less obvious way: Taxpayers and ratepayers are providing subsidies worth almost as much as the entire $1.6 billion cost of the project. Similar subsidy packages have been given to 15 other solar- and wind-power electric plants since 2009. The government support — which includes loan guarantees, cash grants and contracts that require...
  • RFK Jr. touts renewable energy as an urgent need (But Blocks Cape Wind)

    10/04/2011 2:28:58 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 42 replies
    Energy Central ^ | Oct 4, 2011 | Martin B. Cassidy
    The United States faces a clear choice of pushing forward quickly to refine solar, wind and other renewable energy sources or continue to ignore the less obvious costs of reliance on oil, coal, and nuclear energy, Robert Kennedy Jr. told a group of environmentalists Sunday afternoon. In discussing other costs that are often ignored, Kennedy cited the process of transporting coal from West Virginia. The government spends millions of dollars per mile to fill thousands of miles of road in the state with 22 inches of asphalt, Kennedy said. "Coal claims to be cheap but is probably the most catastrophically...
  • World needs needs Tequila power: report (Better Bio-fuel)

    07/28/2011 8:28:21 PM PDT · by dayglored · 34 replies
    The Register ^ | 29 July 2011 | Richard Chirgwin
    Agave a better biofuel than sugar cane Agave produces a highly-efficient intoxicant, as anyone who’s woken up “Wasting Away in Margaritaville” can attest. According to a joint Sydney University / Oxford University study, the plant could also be a highly-efficient feedstock for biofuels... [Agave is] an arid plant, which means it’s suitable for regions where food crops are at best marginal... By moving ethanol feedstock away from high-quality farmland, agave-driven ethanol production would therefore solve one of the conundrums of biofuels: the accusation that corn- or sugar-based ethanol production displaces food production... Study of a trial plantation near the regional...
  • Inconvenient Truths About 'Renewable' Energy

    05/25/2011 9:12:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    wsj ^ | MAY 21, 2011 | MATT RIDLEY
    What does the word "renewable" mean? Last week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a thousand-page report on the future of renewable energy, which it defined as solar, hydro, wind, tidal, wave, geothermal and biomass. These energy sources, said the IPCC, generate about 13.8% of our energy and, if encouraged to grow, could eventually displace most fossil fuel use. It turns out that the great majority of this energy, 10.2% out of the 13.8% share, comes from biomass, mainly wood (often transformed into charcoal) and dung. Most of the rest is hydro; less than 0.5% of the world's energy...
  • California renewable energy gets major boost in new law (effectively pushing economy over cliff)

    04/12/2011 3:17:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    La Times ^ | 4/12/11 | Tiffany Hsu
    Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Tuesday a mandate that 33% of electricity in California must come from renewable sources by 2020. Executives at solar, wind and other clean energy companies said the new regulations could help California reclaim its green leadership position after losing ground to states such as Texas and Iowa. "This is tremendous," said Mike Hall, chief executive of Borrego Solar. "A legislative solution provides a lot more clarity and firepower for regulators and proponents." Brown, along with U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, signed the bill while helping dedicate a new solar panel manufacturing plant in...
  • Calif. sets nation's highest renewable power goals

    04/12/2011 1:10:54 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 12, 2011 | ADAM WEINTRAUB
    MILPITAS, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation requiring California utilities to get one-third of their power from renewable sources, giving the state the most aggressive alternative energy mandate in the U.S. California utilities and other electricity providers have until the end of 2020 to draw 33 percent of their power from solar panels, windmills and other renewable sources.
  • California Gov. to Sign Bill Raising Renewable Energy Requirements

    04/12/2011 8:53:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/12/2011 | Richard Henry Lee
    California Governor Jerry Brown will sign a bill today which will raise the required amount of costly renewable energy for electric generation in the Golden State to 33% while Texas Governor Rick Perry is likely grinning from ear to ear. Texas and other business-friendly Western states such as Arizona and Utah, stand to benefit from California's latest payoff to the green lobby.  The bill boosts the electric renewable energy standard from its current 20% to 33% by the year 2020, and California consumers and businesses will be stuck with the additional cost.  Businesses will have one more reason to leave...
  • California Assembly approves higher renewable energy standard

    03/29/2011 5:58:30 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 19 replies ^ | 29 Mar 2011 | Dana Hull
    California's Assembly on Tuesday approved one of the most ambitious renewable energy programs in the nation. The bill requires the state's utilities to get 33 percent of their power from renewable resources like biomass, geothermal, solar and wind by 2020, up from the current target of 20 percent by 2010. Currently, the state's three investor-owned utilities -- Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric -- get 18 percent of their electricity from wind farms, solar power plants, geothermal, and biomass facilities, according to a new report from the California Public Utilities Commission. But they...
  • Solar energy shines brightly for California agriculture

    12/27/2010 4:58:32 PM PST · by Dominic L. Fottfoy · 21 replies · 2+ views
    Western Farm Press ^ | 12/27/2010 | Harry Cline
    California is easy to spot from space: It’s the place on the far left of the U.S., the area seemingly teetering on the edge of the Pacific. But, if there were any doubt, astronauts could nail down their geography these days by the reflection emanating from the Golden State — not the glitter of gold, but the glare from hundreds of thousands of solar panels generating electric power. California is the solar capital of the U.S., if not the world. There are now more than 72,000 systems in the state, generating an estimated 724 megawatts of power.
  • Solar and wind power industry urges renewal of multi-billion dollar federal Treasury grant program

    12/08/2010 1:32:49 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    La Times ^ | 12/8/10 | Tiffany Hsu
    The end of the year -- and the expiration date for a Treasury grant program that buoyed the renewable energy industry during the economic slowdown -- is just around the corner, and solar and wind power leaders are bracing for the blow. A one-year extension proposed by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus was shot down over the weekend. This week’s tax agreement between President Obama and congressional Republicans doesn’t include a lifeline for the Treasury grant program. The program grew out of a federal tax credit that covered up to 30% of the cost to build a renewable energy...
  • EPA: More renewable fuels required

    11/29/2010 5:29:59 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies · 2+ views
    Politico ^ | 11/29/10 | Robin Bravender & Darren Samuelsohn
    The Obama administration Monday increased the amounts of ethanol and other renewable fuels it wants to see as part of the nation’s gasoline supply, but a senior official took aim at the practice. Responding to a congressional mandate, the Environmental Protection Agency will require that 13.95 billion gallons of transportation fuel comes from renewable sources in 2011, or about 8 percent of domestic gasoline and diesel supplies. The overall percentage is lower than the 2010 standard, but the total volume is larger than this year’s mandate of 12.95 billion gallons.
  • Attack mailer labels Snowmass senator 'The Appropriator'

    Attack mailer labels Snowmass senator 'The Appropriator'Schwartz 'deeply disgusted' by 'thuggish and deceptive' tactic By Troy Hooper Real Aspen – October 8, 2010 The executive director of Colorado Conservation Voters has two words for a new mailer that features the face of state Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass, superimposed over the body and hair of Donald Trump: “poor taste.” “It is an obvious leading candidate for the most tasteless piece of mail so far in the 2010 election cycle,” CCV’s Pete Maysmith said Thursday. “It’s over the top and in poor taste.” Western Tradition Partnership is responsible for the mailer, which,...
  • Electricity prices set to soar as a result of government policy

    08/29/2010 5:56:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    The Australian ^ | August 30, 2010 | Annabel Hepworth
    power prices are set to increase dramatically. Origin Energy boss Grant King said that complying with the mandatory renewable energy target (RET) and network spending would put upward pressure on energy prices. "That's not of our making, or anybody other than policymakers...That's just the inevitable and logical consequences of the policies" that governments are implementing. His comments follow both federal Resources and Energy Minister Martin Ferguson and his opposition counterpart Ian Macfarlane warning in separate interviews... that power prices were likely to double in the next five to seven years. Mr King said that estimate was "possibly conservative" and added...
  • The Renewable Electricity Standard is a Hoax, a Fraud, and a Rip-Off

    08/05/2010 6:43:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    american thinker ^ | 8/5/10 | S. Fred Singer
    The U.S. Senate's proposed Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) would force electric utilities to generate a large and increasing percentage of their power from wind and solar -- rising to 15% by 2021. These goals resemble those of the Waxman-Markey bill that barely passed the House in June 2009. It's disturbing that some Republicans on the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted for ACELA (the American Clean Energy Leadership Act). If the Senate were to take up an energy bill, it is likely that Sen. Brownback (R-KS) will introduce an amendment for RES.
  • California utilities struggle to meet renewable-power requirement

    07/10/2010 8:37:44 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    LA Times ^ | 7/10/10 | Tiffany Hsu
    California boasts some of the toughest standards in the nation for boosting the use of renewable power. Getting utilities to meet those mandates is proving to be even tougher. State law requires the Golden State's three large investor-owned utilities to procure 20% of their retail electricity sales from clean sources by the end of 2010. But with less than six months left to meet that requirement, even government watchdogs don't expect the power companies to make it. Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. are likely to end this year with a...
  • Odd Reservoir Off Louisiana Prods Oil Experts to Seek a Deeper Meaning

    06/13/2010 8:33:12 PM PDT · by TwoLegsGood · 47 replies · 2,061+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 16, 1999 | By CHRISTOPHER COOPER Staff Reporter
    By CHRISTOPHER COOPER Staff Reporter WALL STREET JOURNAL HOUSTON Something mysterious is going on at Eugene Island 330. Production at the oil field, deep in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, was supposed to have declined years ago. for a while, it behaved like any normal field: Following its 1973 discovery, Eugene Island 330's output peaked at about 15,000 barrels a day. By 1989, production had slowed to 4,000 barrels a day. Then suddenly - some say almost inexplicably - Eugene Island's fortunes reversed. The field, operated by PennzEnergy, is now producing 13,000 barrels a day, and...
  • Joe Biden Protests Before Zapatero for the Cutting of the Subsidies to Renewable Energies

    05/29/2010 1:47:41 AM PDT · by J Aguilar · 5 replies · 403+ views ^ | 27 May 2010 | Daniel Toledo / Carlos Hernanz
    Joe Biden Protests Before Zapatero for the Retroactivity of the Cut in the Subsidies to Renewable Energies.The vice-president of the USA, Joe Biden, has called Moncloa [palace, the Prime Minister’s residence] to protest for the legal uncertainty generated in Spain by the Government in the sector of the renewable energies. The arrangement being prepared by the Industry [economic central planning] Ministry to apply the new regulatory frame in a retroactive way, has brought the complaints of investors and American companies, which have directed their preoccupation and uneasiness to their embassy for the plans that are being handled to severely cutting...
  • Los Angeles Faces Threat of Insolvency (because of renewable energy)

    04/10/2010 5:00:04 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies · 895+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 9, 2010 | Peter Sanders
    A bitter political dispute between this city's elected leaders and its powerful municipal utility threatens to push the city into insolvency as early as next month. Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel warned this week that the city's general fund could run out of money and fall $10 million into the red by May 5 unless the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power transfers a planned $73.5 million payment it has so far said it would withhold. Without the payment, the city would need to dip into its reserve fund, leaving that contingency dangerously low in the event of...
  • Iowa wind energy storage project moves ahead

    03/07/2010 11:15:11 AM PST · by newgeezer · 24 replies · 218+ views
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | Mar 06, 2010 | Associated Press
    DALLAS CENTER, Iowa (AP) — Kent Holst stood in front of the Iowa Stored Energy Park’s municipal utility members and proclaimed, “This time, we have something to show you.” Holst, the park’s development director, showed the officials a drill rig behind a house on the south side of Iowa Highway 44, two miles west of Dallas Center. The rig is drilling a 2,800-foot well, which will be used to test the hardness of a sandstone formation. The energy park hopes the formation can hold energy that has been converted into air. When the municipal utilities that own stored energy need...
  • China Leading Global Race to Make Clean Energy

    01/31/2010 4:49:39 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 23 replies · 768+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 31, 2010 | Keith Bradsher
    TIANJIN, China — China vaulted past competitors in Denmark, Germany, Spain and the United States last year to become the world’s largest maker of wind turbines, and is poised to expand even further this year. China has also leapfrogged the West in the last two years to emerge as the world’s largest manufacturer of solar panels. And the country is pushing equally hard to build nuclear reactors and the most efficient types of coal power plants. These efforts to dominate renewable energy technologies raise the prospect that the West may someday trade its dependence on oil from the Mideast for...
  • Earth-Friendly Elements, Mined Destructively

    12/25/2009 7:14:31 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies · 928+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 25, 2009 | Keith Bradsher
    GUYUN VILLAGE, China — Some of the greenest technologies of the age, from electric cars to efficient light bulbs to very large wind turbines, are made possible by an unusual group of elements called rare earths. The world’s dependence on these substances is rising fast. Just one problem: These elements come almost entirely from China, from some of the most environmentally damaging mines in the country, in an industry dominated by criminal gangs. Western capitals have suddenly grown worried over China’s near monopoly, which gives it a potential stranglehold on technologies of the future. In Washington, Congress is fretting about...
  • Desert Vistas vs. Solar Power

    12/21/2009 6:48:20 PM PST · by americanophile · 29 replies · 1,124+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 21, 2009 | Todd Woody
    AMBOY, Calif. — Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation in Congress on Monday to protect a million acres of the Mojave Desert in California by scuttling some 13 big solar plants and wind farms planned for the region. But before the bill to create two new Mojave national monuments has even had its first hearing, the California Democrat has largely achieved her aim. Regardless of the legislation’s fate, her opposition means that few if any power plants are likely to be built in the monument area, a complication in California’s effort to achieve its aggressive goals for renewable energy. Developers of...
  • With Wind Energy, Opportunity for Corruption

    12/13/2009 10:10:27 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies · 425+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 13, 2009 | Doreen Carvajal
    ... Stoking the [wind energy] frenzy in Europe is the vast revenue available through a variety of subsidies, including the European Union’s farm subsidy system, which distributes more than €50 billion, or $73 billion, a year to farmers, corporate agribusiness and rural development projects. In Europe, more than €6 billion in structural and agricultural subsidies have been allocated for renewable energy over a 13-year period ending in 2013. This is an attractive sum for a relatively new industry that experts say gets the benefit of the doubt because it has an eco-friendly image that seems above political reproach. ... [C]ritics...
  • Quake Threat Leads Swiss to Close Geothermal Project

    12/12/2009 1:18:53 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies · 586+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 11, 2009 | James Glanz
    A $60 million project to extract renewable energy from the hot bedrock deep beneath Basel, Switzerland, was shut down permanently on Thursday after a government study determined that earthquakes generated by the project were likely to do millions of dollars in damage each year. The project, led by Markus O. Häring, a former oilman, was suspended in late 2006 after it generated earthquakes that did no bodily harm but caused about $9 million in mostly minor damage to homes and other structures. Mr. Häring is to go to trial next week on criminal charges stemming from the project. [...] The...
  • Geothermal Project in California (backed by Obama DoE) Is Shut Down

    12/12/2009 1:11:29 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 47 replies · 1,982+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 11, 2009 | James Glanz
    The company in charge of a California project to extract vast amounts of renewable energy from deep, hot bedrock has removed its drill rig and informed federal officials that the government project will be abandoned. The project by the company, AltaRock Energy, was the Obama administration’s first major test of geothermal energy as a significant alternative to fossil fuels and the project was being financed with federal Department of Energy money at a site about 100 miles north of San Francisco called the Geysers.But on Friday, the Energy Department said that AltaRock had given notice this week that “it will...
  • Schwarzenegger to veto renewable energy bills (and issue an executive order with the same mandate)

    09/13/2009 8:08:45 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies · 943+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 12, 2009 | Juliet Williams
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office said Saturday that he would veto legislation requiring a third of California's energy to come from renewable sources by 2020, choosing instead to mandate the change through an executive order. The Democratic bills that passed the state Legislature just before the end of the legislative session Friday would have set up the most aggressive renewable energy standards in the nation. But they also sought to limit the amount of energy from sources such as wind, solar and geothermal that could come from out-of-state. Schwarzenegger and some energy producers said the legislation would set...
  • Calif. Debates High Standard for Renewable Energy (costing $10 billion a year)

    09/12/2009 4:32:51 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies · 825+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 12, 2009
    California lawmakers on Friday began approving legislation that would establish the nation's most ambitious renewable-energy standards, even as some warned that the rules would increase energy costs and hurt the state's economy. The Senate and Assembly began voting on two companion bills that would require utilities to get one-third of their power from renewable energy sources by 2020. One bill cleared an initial hurdle in the Senate on a simple majority vote with just a few hours remaining in this year's regular legislative session. If passed and signed into law, the standard would be the most aggressive in the nation....
  • CA: Don't go it alone - State energy approach could be devastating

    09/11/2009 9:54:41 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 1,318+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 9/11/09 | Editorial
    With today the final day of the Legislature's session, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democratic legislative leaders are pushing hard for passage of a law that would require that 33 percent of the power used in California be from renewable energy sources by the end of 2020. The main sticking point is over a bizarre proposal that all this power be generated in-state, even though California is fully integrated into a regional grid that helps keep reliability up and costs down. Our concern is much broader, however. A strong case can be made that the state, the nation and the world...
  • Renewable energy deal gets green light

    08/19/2009 3:49:31 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 7 replies · 729+ views
    Nine News ^ | August 19, 2009 | Cathy Alexander
    Wind farms and solar panels are set to take over Australia after politicians agreed on a historic deal to boost clean energy. Labor and the coalition struck the deal in a rare moment of cooperation that has sparked hopes they can agree on another controversial environmental issue - emissions trading. The surprise love-in on renewable energy led to an unusual day in parliament, with the major parties being nice to each other. The federal government's key election promise to have 20 per cent of electricity come from renewable sources by 2020 is now a done deal. Called the Renewable Energy...
  • State's (California) Renewable-Energy Focus Risks Power Shortages (and cost $114 billion)

    07/03/2009 5:53:38 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies · 914+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 3, 2009 | Rebecca Smith
    California officials are beginning to worry that the state's focus on transitioning to renewable-energy sources could lead to power shortages in the near term. The state has been so keen to develop renewables that relatively few conventional power generators, such as gas-fired plants, have been built lately. That risks a possible energy shortfall in certain places if the economy rebounds any time soon. California's utilities are barreling ahead to try to meet a state mandate to garner 33% of their power from renewable sources by 2020, and some officials are concerned the effort might push up electricity prices and crimp...
  • In a Small Fish, a Large Lesson In Renewable Energy's Obstacles Article Comments

    06/16/2009 10:08:55 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 3 replies · 348+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 16, 2009 | Stephen Power
    President Barack Obama wants to boost the nation's production of energy from the sun as part of an effort to double renewable power generation in three years. Among the obstacles to Mr. Obama's agenda: the imperiled Devil's Hole pupfish. Patrick Putnam is a field manager for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in southern Nevada. His job is to help the government decide whether the dozens of solar-energy projects that companies have proposed building on federal land in his jurisdiction pose undue environmental risks. After reviewing some applications for as long as 18 months, Mr. Putnam's office hasn't approved any....
  • Energy Plans Often Run Out of Gas

    05/23/2009 4:45:42 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies · 1,511+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 24, 2009 | Matthew L. Wald
    Ordinary light bulbs are supposed to disappear in the next few years as exotic new lighting technologies become common. Much of our electricity will be generated by wind and sun. Car fuel will be extracted from trees and grass. So lawmakers have mandated. Now President Obama has proposed a new energy initiative, one of the most ambitious in decades, that would require the average car to get 40 percent more miles on each gallon. At least, that’s what is supposed to happen. But as the ups and downs of the nation’s energy policy have demonstrated over the last 35 years,...
  • Renewable power mandate (to 15%) overcomes hurdle in Senate

    05/21/2009 2:02:13 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies · 281+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 21, 2009 | Ayesha Rascoe
    A measure requiring utilities to generate a certain amount of electricity from renewable sources, such as wind and solar, overcame a legislative hurdle in the U.S. Senate on Thursday. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted down an amendment offered by Republican Senator Jeff Sessions that would have removed the renewable electricity standard from the energy package the panel is currently debating. The proposed committee bill would mandate that power plants meet targets to gradually produce more renewable power, beginning with 3 percent of their output between 2011 and 2013 and rising to 15 percent between 2021 and 2039....