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  • Is Solar Energy Ready To Compete With Oil And Other Fossil Fuels?

    05/04/2015 11:47:38 AM PDT · by Opintel · 18 replies ^ | 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...
  • Pulling the plug on renewable energy:States with mandates suffer exploding electricity prices

    03/30/2015 6:03:13 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 7 replies
    was times ^ | 3/29/15 | H. Sterling Burnett
    There is never a good time for bad public policy. For few policies is this more evident than renewable energy mandates (REM), variously known as renewable portfolio standards, alternative energy standards and renewable energy standards. The first renewable energy mandate was adopted in 1983, but most states did not impose these mandates until the 2000s. Though the details vary from state to state, in general, renewable energy mandates require utilities to provide a certain percentage of the electric power they supply from “renewable” sources, notably wind and solar, with the required percentages rising over time. At the height of the...
  • Crispy Critters — Nevada Solar Plant Not For The Birds

    02/25/2015 9:50:11 AM PST · by raptor22 · 28 replies
    investor's Business Daily ^ | February 25, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    A solar-power project set to open next month in Nevada has fried 130 birds during tests and will soon join another solar farm in California in avian incineration. If as many birds being burned by solar power farms built in the U.S. were to wash up on our beaches soaked in crude oil from a leaking offshore well, the outrage would be deafening. But as with the wind turbines that now cover acre upon acre of former "pristine" countryside, what amount to avian Cuisinarts slicing and dicing everything that flies, including endangered species, only the crickets are chirping. House Minority...
  • The myth of the methane menace

    01/19/2015 8:58:15 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 18, 2015 | Stephen Moore
    Last week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced major new regulations on the emissions of methane into the air from oil and gas production. It calls methane a “potent” pollutant and its new rules would require a 45 percent reduction by 2025 from 2012 levels. Most Americans support these new rules, according to polling from environmental groups. This isn’t surprising. Methane sounds like a dirty and dangerous pollutant and even deadly if leaked into water or the air. However, methane is just another term for the main component of natural gas. Drillers have a powerful motive to stop leakage on...
  • Dear Northeast, How’s that solar working out for ya?

    11/25/2014 6:33:07 AM PST · by rktman · 38 replies ^ | 11/24/2014 | Marita Noon
    A couple of months ago, effective in November, National Grid, one of Massachusetts’ two dominant utilities, announced rate increases of a “whopping” 37 percent over last year. Other utilities in the region are expected to follow suit. It’s dramatic headlines like these that make rooftop solar sound so attractive to people wanting to save money. In fact, embedded within the online version of the Boston Globe story: “Electric rates in Mass. set to spike this winter,” is a link to another article: “How to install solar power and save.” The solar story points out: “By now everyone knows that solar...
  • Google Scientists Admit Renewable Energy Can't Work

    11/25/2014 5:31:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    IBD ^ | 11/25/2014
    Google is literally and figuratively pulling the plug on its investment in renewable energy because the technology doesn't work. Will its flop persuade the feds to stop dumping billions down this rat hole? Back in 2007 Google commanded star-spangled headlines with its new high-tech venture to go all in on the next big thing in technology: green renewable energy. The tech giant was saluted as a good corporate citizen for its initiative to help combat global warming. In launching the project, company executives boasted they would prove that wind and solar power were not just good for the environment, but...
  • Renewable Energy Fails Protesters Calling for More Renewable Energy (Wisconsin)

    10/21/2014 8:01:28 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 9 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | October 9, 2014 | MacIverInstitute
    Demonstrators gathered outside the Public Service Commission to protest against a requested rate structure change by the local utility company, Madison Gas and Electric (MG&E). During the protest, they decried the use of "dirty coal" and called for more renewable energy. To make their point, they had a blow-up coal power plant that was running on a fan powered by wind and solar charged batteries. Before the protest was over, however, the batteries died and their solar panel could not produce enough energy to keep the power plant standing upright.
  • Ł50,000 Wind Turbine Taking 7 Centuries to Pay for Itself

    09/29/2014 1:13:56 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 18 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 19 September 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Subtitle: the umpteenth confirmation that governments shouldn't be entrusted with our money. This was reported last July, but I've only learned about it now. It's got to be covered, it's too absurd to miss. On 10 July 2014, the Daily Mail reported the planned axing of a wind turbine built with taxpayers' money - almost Ł50,000 - and generating only an average of Ł5 of electricity a month. It was calculated that it would have required 757 years before its cost was offset. I'm tempted to say that this must be the most absurd wind turbine ever but, given...
  • Clean Energy’s Dirty Secrets

    09/24/2014 5:26:04 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | September 23, 2014 | Rupert Darwall
    Renewable energy has become a potent rallying cry uniting Hollywood and the Beltway. “We can move our economy town by town, state by state to renewable energy and a sustainable future,” Leonardo DiCaprio says in his eight-minute climate movie Carbon, released in August. In his fiscal-showdown speech during his first term, in April 2011, President Obama put Paul Ryan’s proposals for a 70 percent cut in clean energy at the top of his list of reprehensible and unnecessary reductions. “These aren’t the kind of cuts you make when you’re trying to get rid of some waste or find extra savings...
  • Renewable Energy Growth in Perspective

    07/21/2014 11:17:18 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 5 replies
    Energy Matters ^ | July 14, 2014 | Roger Andrews
    Renewable energy, particularly wind and solar, continues to set records for electicity generation and installed capacity in many parts of the world, and as shown in Figure 1 wind and solar growth in recent years has indeed been quite spectacular:~~snip~~If decarbonization is to be achieved by expanding renewables the expansion will have to come in wind, solar and biomass. So let’s take hydro out and see how far growth in wind, solar and biomass has carried us along the decarbonization path so far:Clearly they still have a long way to go.
  • Apple's Clueless and Misleading Environmental Campaign

    04/25/2014 4:21:13 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/24/2014 | IBD Staff
    Junk Science: How can a company as smart as Apple be so dumb about the environment? That's worth asking now that CEO Tim Cook has embarked on a massive push to make the company more "green." On Earth Day, Apple ran a full-page ad about how it has "set some pretty ambitious goals for reducing our impact on climate change ... and conserving our planet's limited resources." Apple's website features a field of solar panels and the promise to "leave the world better than we found it." But amid all this bragging about Apple's green credentials, nowhere is it mentioned...
  • Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

    04/20/2014 10:21:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 4/20/14 | Dina Cappiello - ap
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.</p>
  • Renewable Energy in Decline

    03/02/2014 7:37:17 AM PST · by rktman · 22 replies ^ | 3/1/2014 | Steve Goreham
    The global energy outlook has changed radically in just six years. President Obama was elected in 2008 by voters who believed we were running out of oil and gas, that climate change needed to be halted, and that renewables were the energy source of the near future. But an unexpected transformation of energy markets and politics may instead make 2014 the year of peak renewables.
  • French body blames renewables for EU power market failures

    02/02/2014 1:11:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 31 January 2014 | Aline Rober
    Europe’s electricity system is not living up to its promises, according to a French advisory body to the prime minister, which published a report on Tuesday (28 January) largely blaming renewable energy subsidies for this failure. The EU’s energy policy hinges mostly on power management. However, the European electricity system does not function, according to a French government advisory body, the General Commission for Strategy and Forecasting (Commissariat général ŕ la stratégie et ŕ la prospective—CGSP), which presented the findings of the study on 28 January. …
  • Obama to Give Wind Farms 30-Year Pass on Eagle Deaths

    12/06/2013 12:33:35 PM PST · by ColdOne · 43 replies ^ | 12/6/13 | Robert Wilde
    The Obama administration is about to approve a rule that will ensure the death of golden and bald eagles for the next 30 more years. Hundreds of thousands of birds die each year flying into the deadly turbine blades atop the soaring towers that compose wind farms. The rule will give wind farms thirty year permits for the “non purposeful take of eagles-that is where the take is associated with but not the purpose of, the activity.’’ The take of eagles is also a euphemism for the slaughter of them.
  • Slashing Fossil Fuel Consumption Comes With A Price

    12/03/2013 6:59:16 PM PST · by digger48 · 8 replies
    npr ^ | December 02, 2013 | Richard Harris
    Governments around the world have agreed to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). That would require an 80 percent reduction in energy sources like coal, oil and natural gas, which emit carbon dioxide into the air. Nations are far from that ambitious path. There are big political and economic challenges. But technologists do see a way — at least for the United States — to achieve that goal. Nowhere is that aspiration clearer than at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. It sits on a hill overlooking Golden, Colo., and suburbs that sprawl all the way to...
  • Britain’s lights could go out next winter! EU green directives have left grid ‘close to limit’

    10/17/2013 8:52:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 18:11 EST, 17 October 2013 | Tamara Cohen
    Britain could be hit by power cuts next winter because the electricity supply is already “close to its limits”, experts warn. Capacity is so stretched that a cold spell, combined with routine problems at one or more plants, could overwhelm the system and see blackouts in 2014-15, their damning report claims. A major pressure on the National Grid is the forced closure of coal-fired power stations to meet European green directives, the Royal Academy of Engineering says. …
  • Europe threatened by power outages this winter (thanks to “renewables”)

    10/14/2013 5:43:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 14 October 2013 | (EurActiv France)
    Renewable energy is blamed for jeopardizing Europe’s energy security this winter, a new study has found. EurActiv France reports. The French multinational company Cap Gemini warned in their European Observatory of Energy Markets that energy security in Europe was under threat and that the region could soon be exposed to massive power outages during the winter, due to a lack of production capacity. They blame wind turbines. …
  • Electricity Prices

    08/29/2013 2:53:30 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 3 replies
    Britain Gallery ^ | Enza Ferreri
    Romney Marsh Wind Farm, Kent/East Sussex * Why do Britons pay much higher electricity prices than before? Because, by government decision, as consumers they have to subsidize low-carbon methods of energy generation, in particular wind farms. There are 4 words that best describe wind turbines for energy production: inefficient, unreliable, very expensive. Wind power is the most costly form of electricity generation. Many British households, no less than 1 in 4, are already suffering from a newly-labelled condition, "fuel poverty", in which energy bills expenditure makes up 10% or more of the household's net income. We've got to the...
  • (EU climate commissioner) Hedegaard urges development banks to divest from fossil fuels

    07/14/2013 8:31:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 09 July 2013 | Arthur Neslen
    Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard has called for development banks with a combined annual lending pot of €130 billion ($170 billion) to end support for fossil fuels in their energy lending policy reviews. “I am particularly keen to see three international financial institutions—the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the World Bank—join with their EU and OECD partners to take a lead role in eliminating public support for fossil fuels,” she said in the foreword to a report on bank lending policies in the Western Balkans, published on 25 June. Although all three banks...
  • Study: Gov’t losing billions on ‘inefficient’ tax subsidies that don’t curb climate change

    06/22/2013 12:03:07 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 19 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 21, 2013
    As America's debt rises to unsustainable levels, the U.S. government is losing billions every year on energy tax subsidies that do little to combat climate change. That's according to a tough report released this week by the National Research Council. The non-partisan academic report concluded that current tax policies are a "poor tool" for addressing climate change -- and a costly one. It found energy subsidies in 2011 and 2012 cost $48 billion, with limited results. "Very little if any GHG (greenhouse gas) reductions are achieved at substantial cost with these provisions," the report concluded. The report coincided with a...
  • Reminder: Oil and gas production just keep falling under President Obama

    10/12/2012 2:55:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Hot ^ | October 12, 2012 | ERIKA JOHNON
    President Obama certainly knows how to talk a good game when it comes to energy policy; to the low-information layman, “all of the above” sounds like a superficially excellent plan. Work on green energy development, but keep the traditional fuel production comin’ — it’s the best of both worlds, right? Except that that’s not what the Obama administration has done at all. While the feds have poured billions upon billions of taxpayer dollars into picking economic winners and losers in the clean-energy field, Obama’s EPA/Energy/Interior team have waged a regulatory war on the coal industry and only allowed for relatively...
  • Oh, by the way, ethanol subsidies are dead.

    12/29/2011 1:10:03 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Red State ^ | December 29, 2011 | Moe Lane
    Details here and here: the short version is that the Senate back in June kicked off opposition to continued ethanol subsidies via a bipartisan amendment: it didn’t pass, but Congress has just let both the ethanol subsidy and a restrictive foreign tariff (on Brazilian sugar-cane ethanol) lapse. Given that the Iowa caucuses will be finished by the time Congress reconvenes – and given that the House of Representatives is currently chock-heavy with people who spit at the very phrase ‘ethanol subsidy’ – getting back either is going to be a problem for the domestic ethanol industry. Mind you, there are...
  • The Scientific Challenges To Replacing Oil With Renewables

    11/26/2011 1:37:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/26/2011 | Chris Martenson
    Via ChrisMartenson.comSo, assuming the Peak Oil camp is on to something, what's the likelihood for a disruption-free transition to another energy source that can replace the energy output we currently enjoy from oil? There's no shortage of promising claims from new laboratory experiments, and there is a lot of optimism in political and entrepreneurial circles that renewable, alternative forms of energy (wind, solar, biofuels, etc) may be able to fill the "energy gap" in time. How realistic are these hopes?Not very, says Robert Rapier, energy specialist and Chief Technology Officer of Merica International.The problem is one of return on...
  • GE's Immelt worries U.S. not leading on renewables

    11/03/2011 1:24:14 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 3, 2011 | cott Malone
    * China eyeing "vastly superior" scale, Immelt warns * "I worry a little bit about us," Immelt says of U.S.* GE "all-in" on solar, sees potential $20 bln business By Scott MaloneNov 3 (Reuters) - General Electric Co's Jeff Immelt worries the United States may lose ground to China in the renewable energy sector because it is not prepared to invest in solar, wind and other technologies on the same scale.But the chief executive of the largest U.S. conglomerate said his company remains undaunted and will continue to work in the sector despite the recent bankruptcy of solar panel maker...
  • Obama's Commerce Secretary Nominee Calls for Carbon Tax

    08/13/2011 11:56:35 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 22 replies
    New American ^ | 8-12-11 | Rebecca Terrell
    Should energy consumers pay extra taxes to fund government-mandated and subsidized renewable energy technologies? "Absolutely yes," says John Bryson, President Obama's nominee for Commerce Secretary. He made the remark at a meeting of the Commonwealth Club of California in 2009 and went on to extol the virtues of hidden rates in California, a state encumbered with some of the nation's highest electricity and unemployment rates. Bryson, retired CEO of the electric utility Southern California Edison (SCE) and its parent company Edison International, excused the practice, saying, "That's been a part of the regulatory environment for the investor-owned utilities for as...
  • The Gas Is Greener (The Cost of Renewable Energy Sources)

    06/08/2011 10:25:48 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 7, 2011 | ROBERT BRYCE
    IN April, Gov. Jerry Brown made headlines by signing into law an ambitious mandate that requires California to obtain one-third of its electricity from renewable energy sources like sunlight and wind by 2020. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia now have renewable electricity mandates. President Obama and several members of Congress have supported one at the federal level. Polls routinely show strong support among voters for renewable energy projects — as long as they don’t cost too much. But there’s the rub: while energy sources like sunlight and wind are free and naturally replenished, converting them into large quantities...
  • How Green Is Your Lost Job?

    03/01/2011 4:55:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 1, 2011 | Staff
    Power: A study of renewable energy in Scotland shows that for every job created in the alternative energy sector, almost four jobs are lost in the rest of the economy. We've seen this movie before. Not only has the sun set on the British Empire, but the promise of wind apparently is deserting it as well. A new study called "Worth The Candle?" by the consulting firm Verso Economics confirms the experience of Spain and other countries: The creation of "green" jobs destroys other jobs through the diversion of resources and the denial of abundant sources of fossil fuel energy....
  • Economist Debates:Natural gas (freep this poll)

    02/03/2011 9:07:50 AM PST · by crescen7 · 19 replies
    The Economist ^ | Economist Staff
    This house believes that natural gas will do more than renewables to limit the world's carbon emissions ... For:With no global agreement on cutting carbon emissions, with coal consumption continuing to grow, and with governments around the world cutting subsidies for renewables, the only cost-effective way to limit carbon emissions is with low-cost, low- or no-carbon fuels... Against:"We can't solve a problem by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created it." So said Einstein, and that is particularly applicable in this case. We will not solve the climate problem by burning more fossil fuels...
  • German power bills to rise on surge in renewables

    10/18/2010 8:53:26 AM PDT · by NRG1973 · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 18, 2010 | Erik Kirschbaum
    * Averge household will pay 60 euros more/year for power * Germany top world market for solar, 16% of power green BERLIN, Oct 15 (Reuters) - A surge in Germany's renewable energy capacity this year will lead to a more than 70 percent jump in the levy consumers pay on their electricity bills for green power, according to data from grid operators on Friday. The levy, which consumers pay as a subsidy to producers of wind and photovoltaic and other types of renewable energy, will rise to 3.53 cents per kilowatt hour (kw/h) in 2011 from 2.05 cents, said the...
  • Not So Fast With Those Electric Cars

    07/08/2009 5:07:23 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 27 replies · 1,134+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 7, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily
    Alternative Energy: A government report says reliance on electric cars will do little to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and may merely shift our dependence on foreign sources from one set of dictators to another..."If you are using coal-fired power plants, and half the country's electricity comes from coal-powered plants, are you just trading one greenhouse gas emitter for another?" asks Mark Gaffigan, co-author of the GAO report. The report itself notes: "Reductions in CO2 emissions depend on generating electricity used to charge the vehicles from lower-emission sources of energy."
  • Spain Is Tilting at Windmills

    05/11/2009 6:36:21 AM PDT · by nuke rocketeer · 16 replies · 1,336+ views
    Power Magazine ^ | 5/1/2009 | Dr. Robert Peltier, PE
    President Barack Obama has praised Spain as a global leader in renewable electricity generation and has lauded its success at creating so-called "green jobs." However, a recent Spanish university study concluded that Spain’s mad rush to meet overly aggressive renewable standards has destroyed jobs and driven up the real cost of electricity, without cutting carbon emissions. Dig a Little Deeper While visiting an Ohio company that provides parts for wind turbines in mid-January, President Obama presented his vision of a nation that is more energy efficient and more reliant on renewable energy. "Think of what’s happening in countries like Spain,...
  • The Answer, My Friend is NOT Blowing in the Wind

    03/19/2009 6:07:22 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 21 replies · 631+ views
    ICECAP.US ^ | March 19, 2009 | Jay Dwight and Joe D’Aleo
    Many states and the Federal Government are putting a lot of faith in renewable energy sources especially wind and solar as solutions for our energy independence and future cost reduction. However, unlike other energy sources such as natural gas, oil, coal, nuclear, tidal, geothermal and to a large degree hydro, wind and solar are much less reliable and cost effective, requiring heavy subsidization. In fact of the primary energy sources, wind power is the most expensive: Wind = 21.97 cents per kwh Gas and oil = 12.28 cents per kwh Nuclear = 11.06 cents per kwh Hydro = 7.60 cents...
  • Wind chill: Rural residents worry about impact of lightly regulated industry (NM-Wind turbines)

    01/14/2009 8:20:37 AM PST · by CedarDave · 19 replies · 1,416+ views
    More turbines are in windy New Mexico's future, making many renewable energy advocates cheer. They note wind energy is far cleaner and almost as cheap as electricity from coal-fired power plants. Wind energy companies tout the revenue and jobs generated for cash-strapped rural counties. But a battle is brewing over where wind energy facilities should be built and the first battleground is in rural villages. "Wind power is a clean, inexhaustible domestic resource," said Michael McDiarmid, of the Energy Minerals and Natural Resources Department. "I think it's important for our energy future to have more wind energy." The state ranks...
  • Long-Distance Demo Of Solar-Powered Wireless Power Transmission Technology

    09/12/2008 8:29:11 AM PDT · by Realism · 18 replies · 293+ views
    Solar Daily ^ | Long-Distance Demo Of Solar-Powered Wireless Power Transmission Technology
    Long-Distance Demo Of Solar-Powered Wireless Power Transmission Technology Illustration only. Washington DC (SPX) Sep 11, 2008 Space solar power could be a clean, renewable solution to America's long-term energy needs. John C. Mankins, former manager of NASA's Exploration Systems Research and Technology Program, and one of the foremost experts on space solar power, will announce a milestone demonstration of the critical technology enabling SSP: long-distance, solar-powered wireless power transmission.
  • 6 more senators seek end to oil drilling impasse

    08/26/2008 6:37:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies · 400+ views
    One News Now ^ | August 26, 2008 | Dina Cappiello (Associated Press)
    Six more senators on Tuesday joined a bipartisan group of 10 senators backing a bill they say will break the stalemate over offshore drilling in Congress. Three Democrats and three Republicans joined the so-called Gang of 10, making it the Gang of 16. The group supports a bill that would lift a ban on oil and natural gas drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and off the southeastern U.S. coast, invest $20 billion in the development of petroleum-free motor vehicles and extend tax credits for renewable energy.
  • Germany Cuts Energy Use In 2007 By 5.6 Percent

    06/19/2008 1:36:39 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 12 replies · 80+ views
    All Headline News ^ | June 19, 2008 | Vittorio Hernandez
    Berlin, Germany (AHN) - A report presented Wednesday by oil giant BP said Germany reduced its energy consumption in 2007 by 5.6 percent. The reduction of use of primary sources of energy such as oil, gas, coal, nuclear and hydro resources was equivalent to 18.5 million tons of oil equivalent. Aside from Germany, two other European nations claimed large cuts in energy consumption at levels even higher than Berlin's. These were Denmark and Azerbaijan. On a global scale, primary energy consumption to increase by 2.4 percent in 2007. The two red-hot Asian economies of China and India accounted for the...
  • The final frontier for solar energy (Space-Based Solar Energy).

    12/08/2007 4:06:53 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 6 replies · 165+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, December 7, 2007. | Judith Burns
    A 'sun tower' is one of the concepts being considered by researchers Scientists are assessing the possibility of embarking on a space engineering project that would eclipse the effort to construct the International Space Station. Researchers from Europe, Japan and the US are considering the viability of building giant solar panels in a low earth orbit that would supply cheap, inexhaustible energy to industry and homes. Building a huge array outside the Earth's atmosphere would have the advantage of having no clouds to interrupt the flow of solar energy to the arrays. Yet the sizeable downside would be the...
  • A field of dreams? (Ethanol)

    10/15/2007 4:50:41 AM PDT · by decimon · 61 replies · 59+ views
    BBC ^ | October 12, 2007 | Tim Egan
    It's like another gold rush, but is the race to grow crops for bio fuels such a field of dreams? In the flatlands of the American interior, grain is flying off the fields. Corn, wheat and barley are thrashing through combines. And to watch the farmers behind the harvest, you would think you were on Wall Street instead of Green Acres. Members of the boots-and-baseball hat crowd sound more like tassel-loafed brokers on a binge, spinning straw into gold. And in a sense, they are. Welcome to the latest field of dreams. Farm prices have not been so high in...
  • Human greed takes lion's share of solar energy (we can't do ANYTHING right!)

    07/05/2007 3:29:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies · 624+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | July 3, 2007 | Chee Chee Leung
    HUMANS are just one of the millions of species on Earth, but we use up almost a quarter of the sun's energy captured by plants - the most of any species. The human dominance of this natural resource is affecting other species, reducing the amount of energy available to them by almost 10 per cent, scientists report. Researchers said the findings showed humans were using "a remarkable share" of the earth's plant productivity "to meet the needs and wants of one species". They also warned that the increased use of biofuels - such as ethanol and canola - should be...
  • Tower of light traps Sun's energy (audio/video clip)

    05/02/2007 5:48:56 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 11 replies · 960+ views ^ | 05/02/2007 |
    Tower of light traps Sun's energy
  • Solar Update

    04/30/2007 3:16:05 PM PDT · by null and void · 88 replies · 1,439+ views
    The wires have been overflowing lately with news of plant expansions, companies scrambling to tie up silicon supply, and sales successes for equipment suppliers — all within the solar market. Solarbuzz recently reported that the photovoltaic market grew by 19% last year, which is not expected to slow down this year, despite continuing polysilicon supply issues. Check out the items below for just a sampling of the latest news in this red hot market. To keep up with all the latest, check in regularly at our Emerging Tech Info Channel:
  • Bush promotes trade with Uruguay

    03/10/2007 7:26:13 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 12 replies · 513+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, March 10, 2007
    Thousands of protesters greeted Mr Bush's arrival US President George Bush has met his Uruguayan counterpart, Tabare Vazquez, as part of his five-nation Latin American tour to promote trade.Mr Bush arrived in Montevideo from Brazil - where he signed a deal to develop alternative fuel sources. Uruguay is keen to sign free trade deals with the US, even if it means leaving the Mercosur trade bloc. The tour attracted protests in Brazil and about 5,000 protesters gathered in Uruguay for Mr Bush's visit. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is conducting his own tour of the region and addressed 40,000 anti-Bush...
  • Pelosi: Democrats Will Target 'Big Oil'

    12/27/2006 4:51:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 71 replies · 1,646+ views
    Newsmax ^ | December 26, 2006 | Associated Press
    House Democrats in the first weeks of the new Congress plan to establish a dedicated fund to promote renewable energy and conservation, using money from oil companies. That's only one legislative hit the oil industry is expected to take next year as a Congress run by Democrats is likely to show little sympathy to the cash-rich, high-profile business. Whether the issue is rolling tax breaks - some approved by Congress only 18 months ago - pushing for more use of ethanol and other biofuels instead of gasoline, or investigations into shortfalls in royalty payments to the government, oil industry lobbyists...
  • California Kindles Green Energy

    12/26/2006 11:51:22 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 643+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 26, 2006 | Rebecca Smith
    Facing new regulations intended to limit greenhouse-gas emissions by the electricity industry, California utilities are using their clout as big power buyers to snub "dirty" resources outside the state and push forward development of renewable resources in and around California. At a meeting next month, California utility regulators are expected to approve a measure that will prohibit utilities from entering into contracts to buy electricity from resources that emit substantial greenhouse gases, such as coal. The policy, believed a first among states, implements a new state law that takes aim at global warming. (See related article.) Utilities in the state...
  • PM [Blair] 'convinced' on nuclear future

    11/29/2005 10:29:41 AM PST · by cogitator · 3 replies · 421+ views
    BBC News ^ | 11/29/2005
    Tony Blair is believed to be convinced over the need for nuclear power to tackle the UK energy crisis.The government is to announce a review of energy policy, including nuclear power, after being urged by business leaders to tackle the UK energy crisis. Concerns have been growing over future power supplies and rising gas costs. The BBC's Nick Robinson said despite the prime minister's support, no decision has yet been made on Britain's nuclear future. Tony Blair's spokesman said: "The prime minister's view is that we need to look at all the options and everybody knows that is what we...
  • Say it isn't so !!

    07/19/2005 5:25:54 AM PDT · by genefromjersey · 1 replies · 620+ views
    The Morning Paper | 07/19/05 | vanity
    Say it isn’t so Department : Renewable Fuels and Hillary Clinton Pro-environment groups have touted the value of ethanol and bio-diesel fuels for at least a generation. (I can remember reading “Gee whiz !” articles about these fuels in” Mother Earth News “ way back when Jimmy Carter was President, and we had long lines at gas stations for rationed fuel. ) Over the years, these “infinitely renewable replacements “ for fossil fuels have received taxpayer subsidies estimated at 3 Billion dollars : subsidies which have, for the most part, simply masked their true costs. Now comes a study ,conducted...
  • Texas power companies to hit renewable energy goal early (clean energy leadership vs. talk)

    03/16/2005 8:47:28 AM PST · by DTogo · 4 replies · 431+ views
    San Antonio Business Journal ^ | 3-15-05 | San Antonio Business Journal
    Texas utilities will likely meet a 2009 mandate to generate 2,000 megawatts of renewable energy three years early. In fact, according to the Public Utility Commission of Texas, the 2009 requirement may be reached in Texas this year. The Texas electric restructuring law of 1999 required utilities to generate an additional 2,000 megawatts of renewable generating capacity in Texas by 2009. Developers have added 1,190 megawatts since the law was passed, and projects adding 486 megawatts are either under construction or have been officially announced, according to the PUC.
  • Enviro Leaders Demand Resignation of Top Official in Md. (more Eco-hypocrisy)

    12/28/2004 8:29:10 AM PST · by DTogo · 6 replies · 495+ views
    Energy Central ^ | 12-27-04 | US Newswire
    Leading environmental advocates in Maryland today called for the immediate resignation of Sierra Club's most powerful official in Maryland, citing the official's blatant suppression of scientific data that likely shows a wind farm in western Maryland poses no threat whatsoever to migratory bird populations. Dan Boone, Conservation Chair of the Maryland Sierra Club, has repeatedly refused to release the results of a bird study conducted in Garrett County, Maryland by a team of noted ornithology experts that Boone picked himself. The study data has been available since last spring, but Boone has rebuffed repeated requests by bird advocates and other...
  • Atomic energy is not the answer

    02/10/2003 9:07:13 AM PST · by liberallarry · 61 replies · 552+ views
    The Guardian (England) ^ | February 10, 2003 | Paul Brown
    The Royal Society are the most distinguished scientists of the British establishment, so when they demand that the government show "political courage" and build a new generation of nuclear power stations, it carries a lot of weight. The problem is that it this advice is completely wrong, and demonstrates how out of touch scientists are with the real world, and how careless they are about the future of Britain and the planet. In fact, it is worse than that. They out of touch with modern science, living in a sort of time warp, where nuclear power is the answer to...