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  • AAA asks feds to slash renewable fuel requirements

    10/29/2013 4:57:46 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | October 28, 2013 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    It’s time for the federal government to “put motorists first” by lowering renewable fuel requirements that could cause gas prices to climb, the automotive club AAA said Monday. So far, the debate surrounding the eight-year-old renewable fuel standard has been dominated by biofuel producers and the oil industry. But now, said AAA president Bob Darbelnet, “there is a real opportunity to put motorists first in what has been a very contentious disagreement between various industries.” “Gas and car maintenance costs are high enough as it is, and it would be a relief to know that the (renewable fuel standard) will...
  • Green Appeasement: Oil, Gas Industry Wasting Billions on ‘Alternatives’

    07/08/2013 6:47:56 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 7/7/2013 | Anna Franco
    Some large oil and gas companies include the development of “alternative” energy (solar, wind, and biofuels) as part of their corporate goals. Shell’s division — Shell WindEnergy — is involved with operating eleven wind farms, including eight joint ventures in the United States. Chevron’s Chevron Energy Solutions has an environmental focus on solar energy and other “renewable” forms of energy. Chevron’s “We Agree” campaign comprises about ten slogans stating what oil and gas companies should do differently, as if they are not doing enough already. It urges them to promote “renewable” energy, care for the planet, etc. The Chevron campaign...
  • The “Evolving” Energy Policies of President Bystander

    07/01/2013 8:02:01 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 7 replies
    Red State ^ | 6/29/2013 | Steve Maley
    (After four and a half years, Barack is catching on.) In a "groundbreaking" speech Tuesday at Georgetown University, Barack Obama rehashed the same anti-Big Oil themes and half-baked energy policies that have marked his Administration since 2009. (See here and here for historical examples.) One change: President Obama has decided he likes natural gas*, and credits "Federally supported technology", an implicit endorsement of fracking (its name is still as taboo as that other F-word). HeÂ’s still not crazy about oil, but since weÂ’re producing more of it, he may as well claim credit. As for the Keystone Pipeline, more equivocating:...
  • Federal money set to flow to renewable fuel projects

    12/05/2009 6:18:46 AM PST · by thackney · 16 replies · 797+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 5, 2009 | JENNIFER A. DLOUHY
    The federal government on Friday committed to award as much as $564 million to 19 projects nationwide that aim to transform wood chips, algae and plant parts into renewable fuel, including a planned biorefinery in Freeport. At the same time, the Energy Department announced $350 million in spending to propel technology that captures and stores carbon dioxide, with $350 million set aside for a 400-megawatt plant near Midland. All of the spending comes from the $787 billion economic stimulus bill enacted in February and is designed to help close the gap between current biofuel energy production and the future goals...
  • Wind Farm Threatens Golden Eagle`s

    "Golden eagles are gravely threatened by a £200m wind farm scheme proposed for the Hebridean island of Lewis, campaigners have warned." "On Lewis - where there are now three big schemes - when people talk about displacing birds from one area to another, they are simply moving them on to another wind farm."
  • Study: Solar power could add 123,000 new jobs by 2020

    07/03/2007 1:32:27 PM PDT · by P-40 · 172 replies · 1,513+ views
    Business Wire ^ | 7/3/2007 | Staff
    Development of the solar energy industry in Texas would have a significant economic impact for consumers, the environment and workers, according to a study released by the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. Opportunity on the Horizon: Photovoltaics in Texas finds the benefits of nurturing the solar energy industry will stimulate the state's economy, reduce the cost of power for consumers and minimize greenhouse gas emissions. "Worldwide, the cost of converting sunlight to electricity is rapidly decreasing. The right public policies, combined with emerging and increasingly efficient technologies in solar power, would create a solid opportunity for...
  • Human greed takes lion's share of solar energy

    07/03/2007 6:16:50 AM PDT · by HEY4QDEMS · 51 replies · 1,279+ views
    Sunday Morning Herald (Australia) ^ | 7/03/2007 | 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...
  • Wind permit changes sought

    07/01/2007 9:45:04 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies · 178+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Sunday, July 1, 2007. | AMIRA SEYOUM
    LANCASTER {California} With electricity bills high, and more people interested in a "green" lifestyle, a Lancaster-based company that sells electricity-generating windmills is trying to change Los Angeles County regulations to make it easier for homeowners to install them. The county's windmill permit for homeowners requires notification of all neighbors within 1,000 feet and a $4,000 application fee, which is not refundable if the application is rejected, according to supporters of changing the county regulations. Lancaster-based Energy Options general manager Scott Meyer spoke Thursday at an Antelope Valley Association of Rural Town Councils meeting as part of an effort to garner...
  • The German-Indian-Silicon Valley solar power solution

    06/30/2007 4:13:36 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 9 replies · 651+ views
    Salon ^ | 6/28/2007 | Andrew Leonard
    The German-Indian-Silicon Valley solar power solution Call it a classic Silicon Valley globalization play. Signet Solar, a renewable energy startup headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., has already broken ground on a R&D facility in Dresden, Germany, and announced this month that it would it would build three manufacturing plants in India. By combining its own proprietary intellectual property with "thin solar" manufacturing equipment from Silicon Valley's semiconductor tools giant, Applied Materials Inc., Signet hopes to grab market share by selling lower-cost photovoltaic panels for large industrial applications. (Thanks to The Indic View for the tip.) The venture capitalists behind Signet...
  • UOP To Develop Technology to Produce Bio JP-8 for Military Jets

    06/29/2007 1:20:43 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 5 replies · 821+ views
    www.greencarcongress.com ^ | 6-28-2007 | Staff
    The UOP/Eni Ecofining process supports the possible co-production of propane, naphtha, and high quality jet fuel UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, will accelerate research and development on renewable energy technology to convert vegetable and algal oils to fuels for military jets. The goal of the project, which is backed by $6.7 million in funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is to develop and to commercialize a process to produce Jet Propellant 8 (JP-8)—used by US and NATO militaries—from biofeedstocks. This is UOP’s first project with DARPA. UOP will work with Honeywell Aerospace, Cargill, Arizona State University, Sandia...
  • China's Massive Dam Changing Weather[Three Gorges Dam]

    06/29/2007 6:47:20 AM PDT · by BGHater · 26 replies · 1,473+ views
    Discovery News ^ | 22 June 2007 | Larry O'Hanlon
    Two years before its completion, the world’s largest dam is already changing the local weather, say scientists studying the Three Gorges Dam on China’s Yangtze River. Both modeling and actual meteorological data suggest that the reservoir is cooling its valley, which is causing changes in rainfall. "In China there are a lot of people who complain because of the construction of the dam" and specifically about changes in local weather, said climate modeler Liguang Wu of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and the University of Maryland in College Park. To find out if the dam was really to blame, Wu...
  • Solar energy in space to power India

    06/29/2007 5:50:52 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 36 replies · 1,324+ views
    The Statesman ^ | 6/29/2007 | Stanley Theodore
    Stanley Theodore HYDERABAD, June 28: India is working intensely on having a solar power generation station in space to meet the nation’s ever growing energy requirements. The “hyperplane,” which needs to transport the infrastructure into space, will make a demonstrative flight at the 2008 end. “India’s hypersonic air and space transport activity are now sharp focussed on energy production through space solar power by having solar power stations in orbit. The era of expendable launch vehicles should end and reusable launch vehicles (RLV) are needed”, Defence Research and Development Organisation’s chief controller, R&D, Mr VK Saraswath said. On how best...
  • Harnessing quantum dots for solar panels

    06/28/2007 5:23:51 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 7 replies · 449+ views
    CNet ^ | 6/28/2007 | Michael Kanellos
    Harnessing quantum dots for solar panels By Michael Kanellos http://news.com.com/Harnessing+quantum+dots+for+solar+panels/2100-11392_3-6193468.html Story last modified Tue Jun 26 18:06:20 PDT 2007 Solar start-up Stion announced Tuesday that it has received $15 million in venture funding in an effort, sources say, to combine nanotechnology with alternative energy. Formerly called NStructures, Stion plans to make thin-film solar cells that can compare in performance with silicon solar cells but cost less. The big question is what the active material in the solar panels will be that will convert sunlight into electricity. "It is not silicon based. It is not cadmium telluride. It is not CIGS...
  • Alstom enters wind power market

    06/28/2007 6:11:00 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 8 replies · 239+ views
    Alstom says it is taking a significant step into wind power generation with the signature of an agreement to buy Spanish wind turbine company, Ecotècnia for €350m. Ecotècnia, headquartered in Barcelona, designs, assembles and installs a range of onshore wind turbines spanning 640kW to 2MW. It is currently developing new wind turbines with a capacity of up to 3MW. According to Alstom, the company has taken a significant part of the development of the Spanish wind energy market, which is ranked second in Europe, and currently generates about 50% of its sales from other European countries. To date, Ecotècnia has...
  • Study Predicts 49 GW Of Wind Capacity In U.S. By 2015

    06/27/2007 7:54:55 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 59 replies · 704+ views
    Study Predicts 49 GW Of Wind Capacity In U.S. By 2015 By NAW Staff on Wednesday 27 June 2007 The U.S. wind power market is expected to reach a cumulative installed wind capacity of nearly 49 GW by 2015, according to a new study by Emerging Energy Research (EER), an advisory and consulting firm tracking emerging technologies in global energy markets. EER estimates that the total U.S. wind project pipeline is in excess of 125 GW of projects at various stages of development. In addition, with more than $65 billion forecasted to be invested in additional wind capacity between 2007...
  • (BLM) Sale of geothermal leases generates $5.7 million

    06/27/2007 6:30:06 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 3 replies · 237+ views
    Idaho Mountain Express ^ | 6/27/2007 | Jason Kauffman
    Sale of geothermal leases generates $5.7 million By: JASON KAUFFMAN The Idaho Bureau of Land Management's first ever offering of geothermal leases netted nearly $6 million in a recent sale, the federal land management agency has reported. Under federal Energy Policy Act of 2005, a total of eight BLM parcels--five in Idaho and three in Utah--were offered for leasing on June 20. The sale of the five Idaho parcels, which totaled 8,901 acres, generated $5.7 million. Four of the geothermal lease parcels lie in the Raft River Valley in southern Idaho's Cassia County. The fifth parcel is located in Washington...
  • Texas wins federal funding for wind technology center

    06/26/2007 5:47:50 AM PDT · by P-40 · 16 replies · 317+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6/25/2007 | AP
    Texas is one of two states chosen to receive federal support to build wind technology testing centers. The $20 million projects are backed by public colleges. U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman says each project will receive up to $2 million from the Energy Department to test equipment to develop large-scale wind blade testing centers. Selected for the federal funds are the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Partnership and the Lone Star Wind Alliance. The Massachusetts project involves building a center along Boston Harbor. The Lone Star Wind Alliance proposes a test facility just north of Corpus Christi, at Ingleside-on-the-Bay. BP, which has...
  • Solar power costs dropping, nearing competition

    06/22/2007 6:06:55 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 105 replies · 1,750+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/22/2007 | Rebekah Kebede
    Solar power costs dropping, nearing competition Thu Jun 21, 2007 3:35PM EDT By Rebekah Kebede NEW YORK (Reuters) - Solar energy is fast closing the price gap with conventional U.S. power sources and is likely to drop to near even in cost in many regions in the next few years, industry sources said this week. Price declines for the clean energy have been driven by the ramp up in production of solar cells and panels and advances in technology that have increased the cells' efficiency. Under current laws that expire in 2008, installation of solar power systems are subsidized by...
  • Ronald McDonald House gets a solar boost

    06/20/2007 4:15:11 PM PDT · by P-40 · 1 replies · 158+ views
    Business Wire ^ | 6/20/2007 | Staff
    The new Ronald McDonald House at the Mueller redevelopment in East Austin will be solar-powered. Green Mountain Energy began installing a 10.8 kilowatt (kW) solar array Wednesday on the rooftop of the new home for families of sick children. It's the first solar-powered Ronald McDonald House in the country. The 54 photovoltaic solar panels will power up to 15 rooms. There will also be an educational kiosk to explain how solar energy works and how it contributes to energy efficiency. Green Mountain Energy Company is funding the project through its Big Texas Sun Club, a program where Green Mountain customers...
  • Tidal Power Options in SF Bay Being Explored

    06/20/2007 10:46:32 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 11 replies · 500+ views
    Tidal Power Options in SF Bay Being Explored PG&E, San Francisco and Golden Gate Energy have combined efforts to pursue tidal energy. San Francisco, California Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) signed an agreement with the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) and the Golden Gate Energy Company to conduct a comprehensive study to assess the possibilities for harnessing the tides in San Francisco Bay. In addition to being clean and renewable, tidal power offers the advantage of being highly predictable and reliable. PG&E is committing to provide up to $1.5 million to fund research by third-party experts, dovetailing...
  • Driver ticketed for using biofuel

    06/20/2007 7:01:58 AM PDT · by stinkerpot65 · 55 replies · 1,447+ views
    The News and Observer ^ | 6/11/07 | Bruce Henderson
    Bob Teixeira decided it was time to take a stand against U.S. dependence on foreign oil. So last fall the Charlotte musician and guitar instructor spent $1,200 to convert his 1981 diesel Mercedes to run on vegetable oil. He bought soybean oil in 5-gallon jugs at Costco, spending about 30 percent more than diesel would cost. His reward, from a state that heavily promotes alternative fuels: a $1,000 fine last month for not paying motor fuel taxes. He has been told to expect another $1,000 fine from the federal government.
  • Renewable Energy?

    06/19/2007 10:01:04 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 6 replies · 338+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 19 june 07 | William Tucker
    Republicans and Democrats are currently at loggerheads in the Senate over a bill to require the nation's utilities to draw a fixed percentage of their electricity from so-called "renewable energy." The Democratic bill, sponsored by Democratic Energy Committee Chairman Dave Bingaman, of New Mexico, would have utilities get 15 percent of their electricity from wind, solar and other "renewable" sources by 2020. This version seems to be one vote short of beating a promised Republican filibuster. Republican Senator Pete Domenici, also of New Mexico, has offered an alternate bill that would keep the same requirement but allow nuclear power and...
  • Senate debates $15 bln in energy incentives [eeevvviiilll BIG OIL]

    06/19/2007 5:47:50 AM PDT · by upchuck · 10 replies · 311+ views
    Rooooooooters ^ | June 18, 2007 | Chris Baltimore
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate on Monday pressed ahead with a Democrat-driven rewrite of American energy policy that would strip nearly $15 billion in tax breaks from large companies and put the money toward making energy from clean, renewable sources like wind, solar and soybeans. With U.S. pump prices above $3 a gallon and crude oil near $70 a barrel, U.S. lawmakers are keen to show that they are acting to take pressure off consumers and get tough on Big Oil. The Senate bill would take tax incentives away from oil companies over a decade and dole them out as...
  • Wave Energy Bill Approved by U.S. House Science Committee

    06/18/2007 12:53:28 PM PDT · by Uncledave · 24 replies · 575+ views
    Wave Energy Bill Approved by U.S. House Science Committee Washington, DC [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The U.S. House of Representatives Science and Technology Committee has approved, by voice vote, renewable energy legislation that would invest approximately $200 million in federal funds to advance research and development of wave energy technologies over the next four years. "America has the tools, expertise and ingenuity to harness the untapped energy found just off our shores." -- Rep. Darlene Hooley (D-OR), a member of the House Science and Technology Committee The Marine Renewable Energy Research and Development Act of 2007 (H.R. 2313) would authorize $50 million for...
  • "Building the Future: Oceanic Wind Turbines" (Discovery Channel Video Clip -- 3 minutes)

    06/18/2007 12:02:03 PM PDT · by Uncledave · 6 replies · 453+ views
    Some wind turbine porn for the Renewables list. (there's also a clip on the site for the Australian 'solar chimney' project)
  • Naknek looks to geothermal energy

    06/16/2007 9:24:24 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies · 378+ views
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of June 17, 2007 | Alan Bailey
    SW Alaska electric co-op plans seismic survey, deep drilling to find energy source for Bristol Bay region; Shell lending a hand ... Faced with the double whammy of depressed salmon prices and escalating energy bills, the Southwest Alaska community of Naknek is looking deep underground to alleviate the Bristol Bay region’s economic woes. Local electric co-op Naknek Electric Association plans to drill for a geothermal energy source that could power electricity generation for as many as 30 communities in the region, the NEA’s general manager Donna Vukich told Petroleum News on June 12. NEA has been investigating the potential for...
  • Ground broken on huge wind farm ( Silence from Kennedy and Kerry )

    06/15/2007 3:13:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies · 898+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 05/17/2007 | Steve Raabe
    The $700 million project in Logan County will be the third-largest in the nation, producing 400 megawatts with 267 turbines. Developers broke ground Wednesday on a $700 million wind farm in northeast Colorado that will be the nation's third-largest wind generator. FPL Energy and Invenergy Wind will develop the 400-megawatt project, which will yield enough power to supply about 120,000 homes. Xcel Energy will buy the facility's entire electric output. Combined with purchases from three other wind farms, the Peetz Table project will allow Xcel to meet the requirements of Colorado's renewable-energy standard seven years early.
  • Senate Impasse Over Renewable Energy

    06/14/2007 1:06:34 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 494+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/14/7 | H. JOSEF HEBERT, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- Senate Democrats, eager for a vote on energy legislation, ran into staunch Republican resistance Thursday to requiring that utilities use more wind, solar and other renewable sources to produce electricity. The proposal would require power companies to increase use of wind turbines, solar panels, biomass, geothermal energy or other renewable sources to produce at least 15 percent of their electricity by 2020. Only about 2.4 percent of the country's electricity is produced that way now. "We are trying to stimulate production of electricity from these sources," the chief sponsor said, and move always from coal, a leading...
  • Billionaire plans nation's largest wind farm in Panhandle

    06/13/2007 11:19:59 AM PDT · by P-40 · 72 replies · 1,418+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6/13/2007 | AP
    AMARILLO - Billionaire oilman T. Boone Pickens is planning a wind energy production project for the Panhandle that his people say would be the nation's largest. KVII TV in Amarillo reports Pickens outlined his plans to an invitation-only audience at a close-door meeting Tuesday in Pampa. Mike Boswell is a spokesman for Pickens' Dallas-based Mesa Group. He tells the station that Pickens told the select audience about the water rights Mesa owns in the Panhandle and the amount of wind that blows across the land. He says early plans are to develop most of the generator complex east and northeast...
  • 'Green' Energy Source a Major Polluter

    06/13/2007 4:46:00 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 17 replies · 528+ views
    Green' Energy Source a Major Polluter By Jeff Golimowski CNSNews.com Senior Staff Writer June 13, 2007 (CNSNews.com) - Call it green pollution. The ethanol industry, which is marketed as environmentally friendly and has been called a "cornerstone of America's energy policy," is dirtying air and water supplies across the heartland, according to a Cybercast News Service investigation. And industry watchers said pollution is going to get worse. "There seems to be this mad rush toward expansion of the alternative fuels industry without sufficient due diligence," said Bill Becker, executive director of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NAACA). The...
  • Offshore wind farm not happening in South Texas

    06/12/2007 12:03:26 PM PDT · by P-40 · 24 replies · 709+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6/12/2007 | AP
    HOUSTON -- Plans for what would have been the nation's largest offshore wind farm off South Texas have been canceled. The developer said the multibillion dollar project didn't make economic sense. John Calaway is chief development officer for Babcock & Brown Limited, an Australian investment bank. Calaway says the company last month notified Texas that it's giving up its 30-year lease on nearly 40,000 acres in the Gulf of Mexico off Padre Island. Calaway was CEO of Houston-based Superior Renewable Energy when the agreement was announced. Superior was acquired last summer by Babcock & Brown. Babcock is proceeding with an...
  • State's largest solar project to power San Antonio development

    06/12/2007 6:18:59 AM PDT · by thackney · 57 replies · 738+ views
    AP via Houston Chronicle ^ | June 12, 2007 | Associated Press
    The redevelopment of San Antonio's landmark Pearl Brewery will include Texas' largest solar energy project — an installation of panels powering office, retail and residential space, developers said. Silver Ventures, which is redeveloping the former brewery, announced plans Monday for the $1.35 million effort to install 758 photovoltaic panels atop a former warehouse, which once stored finished beer. The panels will be capable of generating 200 kilowatts, or about one-fourth of the power needed in the 67,000-square-foot building. The system is the equivalent of 50 solar-powered homes. CPS Energy, a city-owned utility, is contributing $400,000 to the project. An official...
  • China - First turbine of Three Gorges Project on right bank starts operation

    06/11/2007 12:43:18 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 10 replies · 1,075+ views
    Xinhua News Agency (China) | June 11, 2007 | Chen Feng
    THREE GORGES CONSTRUCTION SITE, Hubei Province, June 11 (Xinhua) -- Electricity generation now spans the two banks of China's largest hydropower project, the Three Gorges Project, with the first turbine generator on the right bank of the river going into operation on Monday after a 72-hour trial. The 700,000-kilowatt No. 22 turbine began producing electricity at 9:12 a.m. The electricity is transmitted through the state power grid to energy-strained eastern cities such as Shanghai. An electronic monitoring screen showed the turbine was operating normally with output of 650,000 kwh. The 14 turbines on the left bank of the Gorges...
  • Governor's bill aims to cap ocean development

    06/10/2007 11:50:00 AM PDT · by Vob · 8 replies · 503+ views
    The Register ^ | 03/24/2005 | Doreen Leggett
    "Right now, our ocean waters are vulnerable to unplanned development. We want to avoid a Wild West shootout, where projects are permitted on a first come, first served basis," Romney said in a statement. "The only way to protect our beautiful offshore environment is with comprehensive ocean zoning reform."
  • Wind energy needs a stable tax credit to speed its development

    05/29/2007 6:24:37 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 21 replies · 605+ views
    Over the years, wind-energy development has gone though booms and busts. But recently, the pace of calls for more development of alternative energy sources has quickened. As oil prices continue to rise, that trend will undoubtedly continue. Previous arguments against wind power have often derided it as not technologically feasible and too expensive. Moving power from South Dakota’s windy rural areas to out-of-state population centers remains the biggest obstacle. But with higher oil prices likely here to stay and — almost certainly — to increase, wind power’s time seems to be fast approaching.
  • China:Three Gorges dam causes downstream erosion--study(dam traps 151 million ton of sediment)

    05/22/2007 9:30:23 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 1,331+ views
    Three Gorges dam causes downstream erosion--study 21 May 2007 08:48:29 GMT Source: Reuters HONG KONG, May 21 (Reuters) - China's Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydropower project, is retaining huge amounts of sediment and nutrients and causing significant erosion in the downstream reaches of the Yangtze River, researchers have found. In a paper published in the latest volume of the Geophysical Research Letters, Chinese scientists said the dam had retained 151 million tonnes of sediment each year since 2003. The researchers from the East China Normal University in Shanghai calculated supplies of water and sediment at places along the...
  • South Carolina Considers Coastal/Offshore Wind Resources

    05/21/2007 10:01:34 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 15 replies · 317+ views
    Santee Cooper, a state-owned utility in South Carolina, has partnered with Clemson University and Coastal Carolina University to assess the wind resource on a Horry County, S.C., barrier island. The South Carolina Institute for Energy Studies at Clemson University will install three anemometers on Waties Island near Little River, S.C., for the one-year project. All data collected from these instruments will be sent remotely to Clemson computers and made available through the Internet. According to a statement from Santee Cooper, Clemson will maintain the anemometer facility, conduct wind-data storage and distribution, and develop educational and public outreach programs prior to...
  • Biodiesel from Algae, Powered by Geothermal

    05/16/2007 5:16:18 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 23 replies · 658+ views
    Renewable Energy Access ^ | 5/15/2007 | Karen Woodmansee
    Biodiesel from Algae, Powered by Geothermal Biodiesel plant in Wabuska, Nevada, uses geothermal energy and crops to create renewable energy. by Karen Woodmansee With gasoline prices hitting over $3 a gallon in the U.S., Claude Sapp, principal for Infinifuel Biodiesel, is working to turn the oldest geothermal plant in Nevada into a biodiesel processing facility, where camelina oil seed and even algae is becoming diesel fuel. "We can get it from crambe, canola-type plants, oily seeds, even algae, " he said. Sapp expects to have the first crop available in July, when camelina oil seed will be harvested and sent...
  • Beatrice Wind Farm Puts Renewable Energy On Stream

    05/12/2007 6:28:29 AM PDT · by alnitak · 7 replies · 584+ views
    RenewableEnergyAccess.com ^ | 11 May 2007 | unknown
    Talisman Energy (UK) Limited announced that the Beatrice Wind Farm Demonstrator Project has begun generating energy. The 85-meter high, 5-megawatt (MW) turbine, the largest in offshore deepwater, will be used to generate electricity for the nearby Beatrice platform, 25 kilometers off the east coast of Scotland. A second turbine will be installed nearby in the summer to complete the project. The joint venture between Talisman and Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) is a central part of DOWNViND (Distant Offshore Wind Farms No Visual Impact iN Deepwater). "We are making history with the first electricity being generated by this offshore deepwater...
  • U.S. WIND INDUSTRY TO INSTALL OVER 3,000 MEGAWATTS OF WIND POWER IN 2007

    05/12/2007 6:32:37 AM PDT · by alnitak · 56 replies · 1,277+ views
    The American Wind Energy Association ^ | May 10, 2007 | AWEA press release
    U.S. WIND INDUSTRY TO INSTALL OVER 3,000 MEGAWATTS OF WIND POWER IN 2007: FIRST QUARTER MARKET REPORT Texas could account for about two thirds of the new capacity, demonstrating that Renewables Portfolio Standards (RPS) can play key role in accelerating development The U.S. wind energy industry is on track to install over 3,000 megawatts (MW) of wind power generating capacity nationwide in 2007, with Texas likely to account for about two thirds of the new installations, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) said today in its first quarter market report. Over 100 MW have newly come online in the...
  • Clean Power That Reaps a Whirlwind

    05/09/2007 2:29:35 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 928+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 9, 2007 | KEITH BRADSHER
    HOUXINQIU, China — The wind turbines rising 180 feet above this dusty village at the hilly edge of Inner Mongolia could be an environmentalist’s dream: their electricity is clean, sparing the horizon sooty clouds or global warming gases. But the wind-power generators are also part of a growing dispute over a United Nations program that is the centerpiece of international efforts to help developing countries combat global warming. That program, the Clean Development Mechanism, has become a kind of Robin Hood, raising billions of dollars from rich countries and transferring them to poor countries to curb the emission of global...
  • United Nations tackles sustainable bioenergy growth

    05/08/2007 4:32:27 PM PDT · by nypokerface · 3 replies · 352+ views
    Reuters ^ | 05/08/07 | Michelle Nichols
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations unveiled guidelines on Tuesday to tackle the rapidly growing bioenergy industry, which it warned could threaten the availability of adequate food supplies. As environment and development ministers from around the world prepare to meet on Wednesday for the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development, UN-Energy released its report "Sustainable Energy: A Framework for Decision Makers." The report said the development of new biofuel industries could provide clean energy services to millions of people who currently lack them, while generating income and creating jobs in poorer areas of the world. "But the rapid growth in...
  • Scientists look high in the sky for power: Jet stream could fill global energy needs

    05/08/2007 5:59:39 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 62 replies · 1,450+ views
    SF Gate ^ | 5/7/2007 | Keay Davidson
    Scientists are eyeing the jet stream, an energy source that rages night and day, 365 days a year, just a few miles above our heads. If they can tap into its fierce winds, the world's entire electrical needs could be met, they say. The trick is figuring out how to harness the energy and get it down to the ground cost-effectively and safely. Dozens of researchers in California and around the world believe huge kite-like wind-power generators could be the solution. As bizarre as that might seem, respected experts say the idea is sound enough to justify further investigation. The...
  • Wind Turbines Not a Threat to U.S. Bird Population, Says Study

    05/07/2007 10:47:49 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 20 replies · 811+ views
    Wind Turbines Not a Threat to U.S. Bird Population, Says Study NRC report finds governmental guidance to help communities and developers evaluate and plan proposed wind-energy projects is lacking. Washington, DC [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Proponents of wind energy in the U.S. have long argued that the overall impact of properly sited wind turbines on birds is extremely low compared with other human-related activities and structures. Now a congressionally mandated study released by the National Research Council (NRC) on Thursday offers new findings to support this argument -- and is recommending that implementing national-level policies to enhance the benefits of wind energy and...
  • Spain: Power station harnesses Sun's rays [40 storeys high,600 huge mirrors,11 Megawatts]

    05/03/2007 4:51:50 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 35 replies · 5,618+ views
    BBC On-Line ^ | Wednesday, 2 May 2007 | David Shukman
    Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 May 2007, 21:12 GMT 22:12 UK Power station harnesses Sun's rays By David Shukman Science correspondent, BBC News, Seville A field of 600 mirrors reflects rays from the Sun There is a scene in one of the Austin Powers films where Dr Evil unleashes a giant "tractor beam" of energy at Earth in order to extract a massive payment. Well, the memory of it kept me chuckling as I toured the extraordinary scene of the new solar thermal power plant outside Seville in southern Spain. From a distance, as we rounded a bend and first caught...
  • From turkey droppings to kilowatts (Renewable Energy!)

    04/26/2007 6:47:55 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 29 replies · 925+ views
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 4/26/07 | Jackie Crosby - Staff Reporter
    Greg Langmo likes to say he was just a "fat, dumb and happy turkey farmer" until the summer of 1998. That's when he walked into a meeting of the Meeker County Board and got blindsided by a courthouseful of riled-up residents. The mounds of manure he and other turkey growers were stockpiling on their farms to sell as fertilizer had become a nuisance, seemingly overnight. "They said, 'It smells, it creates runoff, it collects flies,' " said Langmo, 48, who raises about a million turkeys a year on his farms near Litchfield. "The commissioners told me to solve the problem...
  • Surprise: Ethanol as Deadly as Gasoline For Now

    04/18/2007 1:22:18 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 22 replies · 3,336+ views
    LiveScience ^ | 04/18/07 | Charles Q. Choi
    Fuels high in ethanol may pose an equal or greater risk to public health than regular gasoline, new findings suggest. ''Ethanol is being promoted as a clean and renewable fuel that will reduce global warming and air pollution,'' said Stanford University atmospheric scientist Mark Jacobson. But he found the number of deaths and hospitalizations linked with respiratory ailments might increase if every vehicle in the United States used the latest automotive technology and ran on fuel containing high levels of ethanol. The findings counter the environmentally friendly image of ethanol fuels. Ethanol is made from corn and other plants, which...
  • Warning is sounded on ethanol use

    04/18/2007 1:36:48 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 53 replies · 1,248+ views
    LATimes ^ | April 18, 2007 | Janet Wilson
    The fuel would create more ground-level ozone than gasoline if used heavily, a study finds. Critics disagree on the overall risk. Ethanol, widely touted as a greenhouse-gas-cutting fuel, would have serious health effects if heavily used in cars, producing more ground-level ozone than gasoline, particularly in the Los Angeles Basin, according to a Stanford University study out today. "Ethanol is being promoted as a clean and renewable fuel that will reduce global warming and air pollution," said Mark Z. Jacobson, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and author of the study in the online edition of Environmental Science...
  • Ethanol Push Adds to Forces Lifting Food Costs

    04/16/2007 1:35:09 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 25 replies · 823+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 16, 2007 | Uren Etter, Julie Jargon, Conor Dougherty
    Americans face sizable increases in their grocery bills this year as a boom in ethanol production diverts more corn from the nation's dinner table to its gas tank. Indeed, their pocketbooks could feel the pinch for years to come. High corn prices, bad weather and steep energy costs have combined to make food a bigger potential contributor to inflation this year than it has been at least since 2004, when a cutback in dairy production boosted dairy prices and beef prices rose as mad-cow disease disrupted trade. The Agriculture Department says that retail food prices are likely to climb by...
  • Algae Bioreactor System to Recycle Carbon Dioxide Emissions into Renewable Biofuels (Louisiana)

    04/13/2007 3:43:25 PM PDT · by Rick_Michael · 12 replies · 4,030+ views
    Business Wire ^ | April 13, 2007
    PRINCETON, N.J. & CAMBRIDGE, Mass--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG) and GreenFuel Technologies Corporation (GreenFuel) announced today the commencement of field testing GreenFuel’s proprietary Emissions-to-Biofuels™ technology at NRG’s Big Cajun II – a 1,489 net megawatt coal-fueled power plant in New Roads, Louisiana. GreenFuel’s Emissions-to-Biofuels™ process uses naturally occurring algae to capture and reduce flue gas carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions into the atmosphere. The energy-rich algae are harvested daily and can be converted into a broad range of biofuels or high-value animal feed supplements. Power generators can choose to dry and store the carbon-rich algae biomass for use as renewable fuel...