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Alternative Energy

  • Federal Support needed as Consumers want Clean Energy without the High Prices

    Clean energy is something everyone is ‘for’.  Few people are in favour of dirty energy.  But the problem is the definition of what is clean depends upon who you ask.  We will say we are in favour of clean renewable energy, when polled, until a wind producer tries to site a wind turbine near us, or spreads out a sea of photovoltaic panels across the desert—or worse says a high voltage transmission line is needed to bring that clean, renewable energy from its remote location to serve demand in the load centres of our metropolitan areas.Clean, renewable energy is something…

  • Clean Tech Industry Needs Federal Cash due to Lack of Private Investors

    The US government must step in to finance clean energy research and development as the private markets continue to shy away from such investments, experts said.Energy innovators are being thwarted by a lack of financing at key stages of development, finding themselves in the ‘valley of death’, said Norman Augustine, the retired chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin based in Bethesda, Maryland and a member of the American Energy Innovation Council, a coalition of seven business leaders that recently put out a report about the government’s role in energy innovation.The first valley of death exists in the period when an…

  • Solar Trade Wars: Victory for US Manufacturers, Loss for Solar Overall?

    Solar manufacturing lobbyists have won the latest round of a trade war with China, but the entire solar industry could pay dearly for a victory that could see heavy US tariffs on Chinese solar panels make solar pricing inaccessible and lead to a significant loss of industry jobs.In the end, it comes down to the fact that solar power is finally becoming affordable and widely accessible, which is good news for green energy ambitions; but that good news is coming at the expense of US manufacturers. The tariffs may turn the tables in favor of the manufacturers but to the…

  • Pakistan's Abundance in Renewable Energy

    Pakistan's vast renewable energy potential remains largely untapped for a mix of reasons, twin analyses show.The analyses, to be published in the June 2012 issue of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, say exploiting Pakistan’s massive, unexploited renewable energy sources, particularly hydroelectric and solar, can help plug its widening energy deficit and improve livelihoods.The studies focus on solar energy, particularly in the Thar and Cholistan deserts and also river waters, that could be channelled into small hydropower plants of up to 10 megawatt capacity.Against a demand of 24,474 megawatts, the country’s power production capacity stood at 20,190 megawatts in 2009-2010.The authors…

  • Europe's Largest Renewable Energy Fund Will Only Invest in Wind and Small Hydro

    Europe’s largest renewable energy infrastructure fund is only investing in projects that are closest to being viable without government support, according to the fund’s manager.“People still want clean and renewable energy. But there’s a change in what they are willing to pay for it,” said Tom Murley, London-based director and head of the renewable energy team at HgCapital.Speaking to Environmental Finance following the financial close of a 20.5MW UK onshore wind project, Murley said that in an age of austerity – and when government support for renewables is constantly being questioned – the fund is investing in projects “closest to…

  • Do Anti-Dumping Duties on China PV Panels Make Any Sense?

    “Low Prices, Always Low Prices” that is the tag line of one of the world’s largest retailers. That may be why Wal-Mart is one of the world’s largest retailers. But when it comes to solar photovoltaic panels made in China the price is too low according to the US Government because the Chinese government is subsidizing them. This is the same US government that also subsidizes solar panels to make the prices—-errr—lower! In 2011 the US public bought more than $3.1 billion in solar photovoltaic panels from China.  Now a US Department of Commerce ruling finds that China subsidized PV…

  • US States start to Battle it out to Win the Eye of the Algae Industry

    Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law a pair of bills recognizing so-called “algaculture” following passage in the Arizona state legislature that will see the Grand Canyon State encourage and support the algae industry. Arizona is the second American state, after Ohio, to classify the algae industry as agriculture. It’s a shot best heard by state legislatures nationwide, algae is going commercial in specialty chemicals right away with fuel products coming later. Florida is getting in the game in a way, too.Dr. Mark Edwards, an Arizona State University professor, author, and well known “algaevangelist,” whose work focuses on resolving world hunger…

  • The Top 10 Green Energy Stories Today

    1. The Department of the Interior has given the green light to a power transmission line that is intended to bring power from Google, Inc.- backed offshore wind farms in the Northeast of the US to the mainland. Environmental impact studies will take 18 months to two years. The US, unlike Germany, so far has no offshore wind farms, and the US electricity grid needs to be re-done so as to bring power from such sources to consumers.2. Inexpensive natural gas is being preferred to coal in the US, so that coal electricity generation has fallen 19 percent in the…

  • Japan Shuts Down Last Nuclear Plant - What Now?

    On 5 May Hokkaido Electric Power shut down the No. 3 reactor at the utility's Tomari Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in the Hokkaido village of Tomari, the last of Japan’s 54 NPPs that were still functioning after the crisis caused after the 11 March 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that destroyed Tokyo Electric Power Company’s six reactor Fukushima Daiichi power complex.According to preliminary estimates, fiscal losses from the disaster and the subsequent shuttering of the NPPs are to over $300 billion and rising.The event is hardly insignificant, as Japan was without electricity from nuclear power for the first time in…

  • Proof that the Solar Industry is on the Brink of a Huge Expansion

    A new report from the prominent global consulting firm McKinsey shows why solar photovoltaics have hit a tipping point.As the economics of solar PV continue to improve steadily and dramatically, McKinsey analysts conclude that the total “economic potential” of solar PV deployment could reach 600-1,000 gigawatts (1 million megawatts) by 2020.In the year 2000, the global demand for solar PV was 170 megawatts.That doesn’t mean 1 million megawatts will get developed by 2020; it’s just an estimate of the economic competitiveness of solar PV. When factoring in real-word limitations like the regulatory environment, availability of financing, and infrastructure capabilities, the…

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