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Alternative Energy

  • Buffet’s Solar “Insurance” Coup In Nevada

    Warren Buffet is generally regarded as something of a demi-god in investing circles. Most of the praise comes for his stock picking abilities though, rather than for his ability to select good managers at good companies and give them the freedom to run those firms well. That acumen is a critical component of Berkshire’s success, as one of Buffet’s portfolio companies recently demonstrated. Nevada utility company NV Energy is ideally positioned to benefit from solar power. Nevada is one of those states with a lot of sun, a lot of land, and not many people. The Nevada wilderness is a…

  • Is France Ready To Move Away From Nuclear Energy?

    France is the world’s most nuclear dependent country. With 58 nuclear reactors in 19 power stations having a total capacity of 63.2 gigawatts, France is the second largest producer of nuclear energy in the world, second only to the United States.But unlike the U.S., nuclear energy represents France’s largest source of electricity generation, accounting for around 77 percent of the country’s energy generation in 2014. However, in the last few years, France has witnessed growing public support in favor of developing newer technologies that can reduce carbon emissions and replace nuclear power. A gradual increase in Nuclear power usage over the…

  • What Is Really Keeping Geothermal Power Back?

    Earlier this month an article published on Oilprice argued that the future for geothermal power was limited, at best. In short, the article argued; • There are a shortage of high-temperature resources; • Geothermal heat can’t be transported and must be used on site; and,• Questioned geothermal power sustainability. However, these three points have little to do with geothermal power’s barriers to growth for the following reasons; • When including temperatures as low as 95?C the resource base vastly expands. With Organic Rankine Cycle technology, geothermal brine can produce electricity at temperatures less than that of boiling water. The geothermal…

  • Obama’s Nuclear Waste Blunders Could Cost Taxpayers Over $20 Billion

    President Obama says otherwise, but he seems to have a propensity for slapping the nuclear industry across the face. When the Obama administration came into power, one of its first actions was to end work on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada. In so doing, it delivered a shuddering blow to the U.S. nuclear industry, trashing the project when it was nearly ready to open. The cost to taxpayers was about $15 billion. Now the administration is going through the motions to suspend another costly nuclear waste investment when it is about 67 percent complete. Money expended: $4.5…

  • Why Bigger Is No Longer Better In Energy

    A product, technology or energy source that is both cost-effective and bankable will scale, and this is the key to victory. The good news for photovoltaics is that nothing scales like silicon, except maybe enthusiasm on Wall Street, which is highly correlated to the amount of money being printed (and it seems, for now, that there are no limits to that process). However, Silicon Valley is not called Germanium Valley for a reason, though it could have been. On February 6, 1959, Jack Kilby, a Texas Instrument’s engineer, filed U.S. Patent 3,138,743 for “Miniaturized Electronic Circuits.” It was the first…

  • 10 Percent Gains Guaranteed, But With A Catch

    Long term success in a dealing room, and in trading and investing outside that environment as well, depends on many things. Perhaps the most important is avoiding the big, blow-out loss, or at least minimizing the risk of that occurrence. That is why I am not generally a fan of running a short term stock position through earnings releases. Any big surprise in the numbers or untoward comment in an ensuing press conference or conference call can initiate a big move with a huge gap in liquidity. That negates any sensible precautions taken to control risk through stop losses and…

  • What Miniature Nuclear Reactors Could Mean For The World

    Even as the future of grid-scale nuclear reactors seems to be in flux with the mainstay producers like the Japanese and French seemingly unsure about the future of atomic power, new applications for nuclear technology are being developed all the time. Traditional nuclear power plants cost billions to build and, as Japan discovered, can be very dangerous. Of course nuclear power, despite its dangers, is also one of the most efficient energy generation technologies on the planet. It is little surprise then that nuclear power advocates are excited about a new area of technology in the industry: miniature nuclear reactors.…

  • Toxic Waste Sullies Solar’s Squeaky Clean Image

    Toxic sludge and filthy air - byproducts of the oil and coal industries - are a constant irritant for opponents and even proponents of fossil fuels, while renewables like wind and solar are often seen as bastions of rectitude for their relative cleanliness.However, before the proponents of solar energy can claim the moral high ground, they may need to deal with an inconvenient truth of their own: mountains of hazardous waste being created by the production of solar panels.Sodium hydroxide and hydrofluoric acid are among the caustic chemicals required in the manufacturing process, along with water and electricity, the production…

  • The $5 Billion Vote Of Confidence In Wind Power

    Philip Anschutz has an audacious plan to build the country’s largest wind farm and he is backing the plan with $5 billion of his own money. The plan would create the country’s biggest wind farm deep in Wyoming, part of which would be built on the billionaire’s 312,170 acre ranch.Under Anschutz’s plan, the wind power generated in Wyoming would be run along a dedicated purpose-built set of transmission wires south to Las Vegas. From there it would connect to the California electric grid.The scale of the project is massive and ambitious, even for a billionaire to accomplish. The plan would…

  • Big News For Uranium Miners Could See A Price Rebound Soon

    And this week, we got more confirmation. The country is India. Which is now looking to build a "strategic uranium reserve" in order to support its burgeoning nuclear sector. Reports emerged in the local press Sunday suggesting that the reserve could be sizeable. With unnamed officials suggesting that the government could look to stock up to 15,000 tonnes (over 33 million pounds) of uranium. Related: Dispute Between Baghdad and Kurdistan Holds Back Iraqi Oil Potential A proposal to approve 5,000 tonnes of reserves has reportedly already been sent to India's cabinet. But sources said that figure would likely be revised upward…

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