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  • Trump's victory creates uncertainty for wind and solar power

    01/22/2017 3:27:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 77 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 22, 2017 12:27 PM EST | Cathy Bussewitz and Geoff Mulvihill
    President Donald Trump has disputed climate change, pledged a revival of coal and disparaged wind power, and his nominee to head the Energy Department was once highly skeptical of the agency’s value. What this means for states’ efforts to promote renewable energy is an open question. States that are pushing for greater reliance on wind and solar power are not quite sure what to expect as Trump takes over. Many of them depend heavily on federal renewable-energy tax credits, grants and research, much of which comes from the Energy Department. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Trump’s pick to lead the...
  • Hawaii bill aims for 100 percent renewable transportation

    01/19/2017 7:34:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 19, 2017 4:34 AM EST | Cathy Bussewitz
    Hawaii has the most aggressive renewable energy targets in the nation, aiming for its utilities to get 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2045. Now advocates want to extend that goal to the transportation sector to urge all forms of ground transportation to fuel up using renewable sources by 2045. “The majority of our fossil fuel goes into transportation, and that’s a challenge that we have to solve, and we currently don’t have a vision for what that future looks like,” said Jeff Mikulina, executive director of the Blue Planet Foundation, which is pushing the bill. But...
  • Trump Versus The Green Blob: The Battle That Will Define His Presidency

    12/19/2016 8:58:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    Big Government (Breitbart) ^ | December 19, 2016 | James Delingpole
    2016 will go down in history as the year when the world finally saw sense. Nowhere will this be more apparent than in America’s bold and brilliant decision to elect Donald Trump who, in my view, is set fair to be one of the truly great U.S. presidents. I realise that this isn’t obvious to some people—even those who claim to be on the conservative side of the political argument. But after a recent trip to D.C. for some private briefings, both with his transition teams and with key members of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, I came away more confident...
  • Obama transition vet joins Joule board [biodiesel/ethanol]

    01/20/2011 7:21:36 AM PST · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    Boston Business Journal ^ | 01-18-2011 | by Kyle Alspach
    Renewable fuels developer Joule Unlimited Inc. said John Podesta, a veteran of two White House administrations, has joined its board of directors. Podesta was previously White House chief of staff under President Clinton, and more recently served as co-chair of President Obama’s transition. He is currently president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, a think tank he founded in 2003. “I have seen and heard many proposals by renewable energy companies, and can unequivocally say that Joule has a technology and a system unlike any other, with industrial viability and a clear path to market within the next...
  • First US Offshore Wind Plant Costs $17,600 Per Home Powered

    10/12/2016 6:28:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | October 11, 2016 | Andrew Follett
    America’s first offshore wind power plant will cost about $17,600 dollars to build per home it will power. Three miles off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island, the wind farm is supposed to generate enough energy to power 17,000 homes, but will cost $300 million to build five turbines. This cost is just to build the turbines, not to operate them. The extremely high cost of offshore wind doesn’t worry environmentalists and progressives, however, because, as Salon.com says about the project, “it’s the precedent that counts.” Despite the extremely high cost, federal officials want to power a whooping 23...
  • Musk Ready to Release Part 2 of Tesla’s Top Secret Master Plan

    07/11/2016 7:49:11 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 19 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 11-07-2016 | EV Crusher
    Elon Musk tweeted yesterday that he will be releasing the second part of his Top Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan soon, possibly by the end of this week. The unofficial announcement comes at an interesting time for the company and its boss. Tesla Motors is currently the target of an investigation after a fatal accident with a Tesla Model S that was allegedly caused by the car’s autopilot. The car did not stop when it approached a tractor-trailer and crashed into it, killing its driver. The investigation, initially involving the Florida Highway Patrol and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,...
  • Maryland Attorney General Frosh Using Subpoenas to try to Silence Political Debate

    06/30/2016 12:51:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    MCGOP ^ | June 28, 2016 | Mark Uncapher
    Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh recently joined 16 other state Attorneys General to launch, in their own words, “an unprecedented, multi-state effort to investigate and prosecute the ‘high-funded and morally vacant forces’ that have stymied attempts to combat global warming—starting with holding ExxonMobil and other industry giants accountable for fraud and suppression of key climate science.” In explaining his support of “AGs United for Clean Power,” Frosh said: “There is no doubt that climate change is an existential threat to our society and to our entire planet….I am deeply troubled that oil companies have contributed to the problem by intentionally...
  • Mexico’s Clean Energy Market Is Surging

    04/13/2016 3:51:30 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 8 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 13-04-2016 | Feel the Bern
    Overshadowed by the United States’ extension of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and the Production Tax Credit (PTC) last year, Mexico’s cornerstone Energy Transition Law is quickly yielding results, lifting the lid on a renewable market primed for take off. On March 29, Mexico concluded its first long-term power auction since more fully deregulating its electricity sector in 2013. The auction, it should be noted, was a smashing success, generating 227 bids from 69 tenderers. State-owned Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) – the still dominant player in the sector and the sole buyer for this first go-round – awarded contracts...
  • Even Utilities Are Starting To Get Behind Community Solar

    03/28/2016 4:44:21 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 7 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 28-03-2016 | Die Sonne
    Solar energy is rapidly becoming one of the top choices for new electricity capacity as costs continue to decline and generous public policies accelerate tremendous growth for the sector. Last year was a record year for the solar industry and the momentum is set to continue. In 2016, the EIA expects the U.S. electricity market to see 26 gigawatts of new capacity installed. Utility-scale solar is expected to capture 9.5 GW of that total, or more than one-third. If that comes to pass, it would be triple the rate of installations of utility-scale solar compared to 2015, and would also...
  • Energy Poverty Around the World

    03/16/2016 8:23:53 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/16/16 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Obama Administration has illegally bypassed Congress, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the States and their Public Utility Commissions The global warming/climate change industry has been aggressively pushing renewable energy, wind, solar, and biofuels for a long time even though the economies of various industrialized countries need much more energy than what renewables generate. The green activists have been zealously lobbying Congress and the EPA to change the laws, rules, and regulations that would make it much more expensive and difficult for fossil fuel energy producers to survive while passing the higher costs onto consumers, impoverishing those customers on fixed...
  • MIT Report: Carbon Tax Necessary to Break Fossil Fuel Dependence

    03/03/2016 3:06:18 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 34 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 03-03-2016 | MIT
    Renewable energy advocates like to point out that the cost of renewable fuels, like solar power, have dropped substantially in the last few years. The cost of solar power for instance has fallen by more than two-thirds since 2009. Yet for all the excitement about renewable power, the reality is that the entire energy sector has essentially been in a state of deflation for the last decade. The notable drop in oil prices over the last two years aside, costs of producing oil both in the U.S. and in many parts of the world have fallen dramatically. The phase out...
  • Obama Brags About Low Energy Prices, Then Proposes To Raise Them

    01/14/2016 4:46:11 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 1/13/2016 | Staff
    Energy: There's no shortage of points to pick apart in the president's final State of the Union, as we've done above. But one deserves close scrutiny: Obama's claim that he "reinvented our energy sector."
  • Researchers Have Developed Socks That Generate Electricity Using Urine

    12/11/2015 5:44:42 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    Tech Times ^ | December 11, 7:32 PM | Christian de Looper,
    The new socks are able to store as much as 648 milliliters of urine, almost 22 ounces, using a network of integrated tubes. When the user walks, the liquid is forced through microbial fuel cells that contain bacteria that consume the nutrients in urine and create electricity in that process. In experiments, the researchers were able to use the socks to power a wireless transmitter, broadcasting a message every two minutes. It's not a totally new idea to use urine in the generation of electricity, although the techniques involved normally use an electric pump to provide the pressure to force...
  • Renewables Take Center Stage In Paris, But How Feasible Are The Plans?

    12/02/2015 8:19:15 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 4 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 02-12-2015 | carbon crisis?
    Along with the OPEC meeting that takes place late this week, the biggest story in the world of energy is the Paris Climate Change Conference (Conference of Parties 21, or COP21) that runs through the end of next week. This conference is put on by the United Nations with the goal of producing a global agreement that will lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Implementation of strategies that will help mitigate potential impacts of climate change are also on the agenda. Decarbonizing our energy systems by encouraging greater usage of alternative energy — a frequent topic of this...
  • Hawaii Gov. Ige reveals opposition to utility LNG import plans

    08/28/2015 5:38:05 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Utilitiy Dive ^ | August 26, 2015 | Robert Walton
    Dive Brief: With a 100% renewable goal now on the table and oil prices falling, Hawaii Gov. David Ige (D) has revealed he opposes plans to import liquefied natural gas as a bridge fuel to cleaner and less expensive power. At a business and policy conference this week in Honolulu, Ige, a keynote speaker, said the state does not need LNG and should be moving forward on its renewable goals instead. Both Hawaiian Electric (HECO) and Hawaii Gas have floated plans to construct import terminals, with gas deliveries beginning to reach the state in 2019. HECO has pledged to push...
  • USDA Putting Solar Panels on Chicken Coops

    08/08/2015 8:11:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 7, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is spending millions on green energy projects for farms, including putting solar panels on the tops of chicken coops.The federal agency announced Friday that its Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) will spend $63 million on solar panels and wind turbines for the farming industry.One project, totaling $16,094, was awarded to Blue Sky Poultry, Inc., of Bainbridge, Ga., to “install a solar array on the roof of poultry houses.”Other projects announced by the USDA included $18,000 for solar panels for a fruit farm in Ohio, and $19,750 for a wind turbine for a farm...
  • Meet Solyndra 2.0: This US-Taxpayer-Subsidized Spanish "Renewables" Firm Is Collapsing

    08/04/2015 9:00:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 08/04/2015 | Tyler Durden
    News that bonds and stocks of Abengoa SA - the Spanish renewable-energy company - plunged after a plan to shore up capital failed to reassure investors that it can stop burning cash is likely to have passed many by. But coming just one day after President Obama unleashed his Clean Power Plan, the fact that the company - that is now facing significant liquidity concerns - received over $230 million in US taxpayer subsidies in 2014 - despite two ongoing federal investigations - may raise an eyebrow or two as images of Solyndra's government-sponsored farce come to mind... as...
  • USDA Seeking to Double High Ethanol Blend Gas Pumps

    08/02/2015 5:11:50 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 63 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Friday it is investing up to $100 million in biofuels with the goal “to double the number of fuel pumps capable of supplying higher blends of renewable fuel to consumers, such as E15 and E85.”“A typical gas pump can deliver fuel that contains a maximum 10% ethanol (E10), which limits the amount of renewable energy most consumers can purchase at the pump, despite the fact that our farmers now produce record amounts of renewable biofuels,” the USDA press release says.“This new investment seeks to double the number of fuel pumps capable of supplying...
  • Aussie PM Tony Abbott Cancels All Government Wind Farm Subsidies

    07/12/2015 8:57:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/12/2015 | Simon Kent
    Australia has slammed the door shut on any new government-funded investment in renewable energy schemes as Prime Minister Tony Abbott extends his “war on wind power”. In doing so Mr Abbott has sent a clear message to the mendicant green renewable energy sector that there will be no more cheap state-supplied financing for its projects.
  • Is Solar Energy Ready To Compete With Oil And Other Fossil Fuels?

    05/04/2015 11:47:38 AM PDT · by Opintel · 18 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 04-05-2015 | Gaurav
    The solar energy industry may prove to be a dark horse in the race to provide global energy security. The world has renewed its interest in solar energy investment as it searches for a cleaner and more sustainable alternative to conventional fossil fuels. Countries like China, Germany, the UK, the US, Japan and Canada have already made significant investments in solar power. Who are the other players who are investing big in solar energy? With its own set of limitations such as high installation costs and high plug-in time, are consumers across the world ready to choose solar energy to...