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Alternative Energy

The Growth of Renewable Energy and it’s Top Users

Aug 27, 2010 at 09:44 | Andy Soos

Renewable energy is energy which comes from natural resources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, and geothermal heat, which are renewable as opposed to fossil fuels for example which once…

Recovery Act Puts US on Track to Meet Renewables Targets

Aug 27, 2010 at 09:41 | Gloria Gonzalez

Thanks to the stimulus package, the US is on track to meet President Barack Obama’s goal of doubling renewable energy generation and capacity by 2012. More than $23 billion from…

How Much Power do Wind Turbines Use

Aug 24, 2010 at 12:55 | Al Fin

Most people wonder how much power a wind turbine can produce, and never stop to wonder how much power a wind turbine requires to operate. Mechanical engineer Jerry Graf believes…

A More Rational Approach to Ethanol Policy

Aug 23, 2010 at 10:56 | Robert Rapier

In my recent post Thoughts on an Ethanol Pipeline, I described what I feel would be a more rational approach to ethanol policy than some of the policies that…

Why Bank Profits are Good for Renewable Energy

Aug 23, 2010 at 08:19 | Dave Forest

Had a long flight home yesterday from South America. Lots of time to read through a pile of news on resource projects and financing. Here's an important development that caught…

Export-Import Bank Urged to End Fossil Fuel Binge and Support Renewables

Aug 16, 2010 at 11:09 | Jess McCabe

NGOs have accused the US Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank of “systematic bias towards financing fossil fuel projects”, as the export credit agency prepares to consider backing two giant coal-fired power plants.…

US Chamber of Commerce Dismayed at Breakaway Clean Energy Group

Aug 15, 2010 at 16:01 | Gloria Gonzalez

More than two dozen local chambers of commerce in the US will join forces to advocate for market-based mechanisms to price carbon, much to the dismay of the national US…

Is Wind Energy Storage Essential?

Aug 08, 2010 at 14:31 | Brian Westenhaus

Storing the energy from wind is obviously useful.  But is it essential?  Numerous studies cover the matter both asserting that storage can useful and asserting its not.  The practical common…

Completely Wrong About Nuclear Energy

Aug 03, 2010 at 11:04 | Ferdinand E. Banks

When the subject was oil, my students at the Asian Institute of Technology (Bangkok) were politely asked to study the situation in the United States. It told me everything I…

The Future Looks Great for the Ethanol Boondoggle

Aug 01, 2010 at 10:51 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

One of my biggest disappointments with President Obama so far is his continued support of the ethanol boondoggle. The program was ramped up by the Bush administration to achieve energy…

Solar Energy Still Has a Long Way to Go

Jul 30, 2010 at 11:47 | Al Fin

Journalists from the mainstream media have been credulous cheerleaders for the wind and solar industries -- and for the faux environmental movement in general. Rod Adams takes the New York…

Carbon Trading Bill Dropped From US Senate

Jul 30, 2010 at 11:45 | Carbon Finance

The failure of the US Senate to enact comprehensive energy and climate legislation prior to the August recess likely dooms its prospects for 2010, despite vows by its most ardent…

GM’s New Electric Vehicle Generates Enthusiasm Despite High Price Tag

Jul 28, 2010 at 15:02 | Darrell Delamaide

General Motors’ announcement that its new electric car, the Chevrolet Volt, would have a price tag of $41,000 created some sticker shock, and critics quickly charged that no one would…

Captured CO2 to be Used as a New Fuel Source Using Solar Power

Jul 28, 2010 at 14:56 | Brian Westenhaus

George Washington University’s Dr. Stuart Licht and colleagues have published the first experimental evidence of their new solar thermal electrochemical photovoltaic (STEP) process, which combines electrical and chemical pathways…

What Renewable Projects Would you Purchase Electricity From if you Were a Power Utility

Jul 27, 2010 at 04:16 | Dave Forest

Renewables (and particularly geothermal) are becoming a more popular talking point amongst utilities and governments these days. Just this week, America's Geothermal Energy Association said it will tell utilities at…

US Renewables Financing Set to Collapse Without Grant Extension

Jul 26, 2010 at 03:43 | Gloria Gonzalez

Renewable energy financing will decline precipitously next year if the US Congress fails to extend the cash grant programme, financing experts have warned. Combining funds from the Section 1603 Treasury…

The Future of Nuclear Energy: Small Modular Nuclear Reactors

Jul 22, 2010 at 03:42 | Rod Adams

Pick up almost any book about nuclear energy and you will find that the prevailing wisdom is that nuclear plants must be very large in order to be competitive. This…

Clean Energy Infrastructure a Good Match for Pension Funds

Jul 20, 2010 at 05:15 | Graham Cooper

Investments in European renewable energy infrastructure are a good choice for pension funds and insurance companies because they provide a good match with their liability profiles, said Joost Bergsma, CEO…

Batteries Are the Shocking Truth about Electric Cars

Jul 19, 2010 at 12:09 | Llewellyn King

Can white elephants come in green? President Barack Obama flew to Holland, Mich., on Thursday to attend groundbreaking ceremonies for a new lithium-ion battery plant, which the White House advertised…

Chinese Green Sector Surges as Europe Suffers in Q2

Jul 19, 2010 at 07:11 | Jess McCabe

Mixed fortunes have dogged the clean-tech and clean energy sectors in the second quarter of 2010, according to latest figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and VB/Research. Global…

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