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Alternative Energy

Serve Yourself a Piece of Yellow Cake

Jul 15, 2010 at 14:54 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Uranium traders have been stunned by a sudden Chinese effort to corner the supplies in an effort to fuel the world's most ambitious nuclear program. The once moribund market now…

Energy and Politics: Japan and India Discussing a Civilian Nuclear Energy Program

Jul 15, 2010 at 14:17 | Harsh Pant

Japan, long critical of Indian nuclear policy, is discussing a civilian nuclear energy cooperation agreement that could be signed by the end of the year when the Indian prime minister…

Here's the Bottom Line on Uranium

Jul 15, 2010 at 07:11 | Dave Forest

It's been an interesting few weeks since I last checked in on uranium. The search for what's next in yellowcake projects has taken me to some out-of-the-way places. Dusty…

Solar Powered Plane completes Night Flight

Jul 15, 2010 at 02:59 | ISN Security Watch

This week’s record-breaking night flight by the Solar Impulse aircraft has been widely acclaimed, but few of us are ever likely to fly in such a plane. Swiss adventurer Bertrand…

GE, VC Firms Launch $200 Million Contest for Smart Grid Innovation

Jul 14, 2010 at 03:05 | Darrell Delamaide

General Electric and four venture capital funds launched a $200 million contest for innovations in smart grid technology, pledging to use the money to fund development of the winning entries.…

Can Renewable Energy Really Satisfy Our Energy Needs

Jul 12, 2010 at 03:44 | The Oil Drum

With the tragic Gulf of Mexico oil spill now focussing President Obama's and the American people's minds on where their energy comes from, and what some of the collateral costs…

Clean-Tech Venture Capital Investment Hits Record $4bn

Jul 09, 2010 at 06:32 | Charlotte Dudley

Global venture capital investment in clean-tech firms hit record levels in the first half of 2010, with investment totalling more than $4 billion, preliminary figures reveal. A preliminary report from…

USDA Publishes New Papers on the Energy Return of Corn Ethanol

Jul 08, 2010 at 02:34 | Robert Rapier

Over the past decade, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published several papers in which they investigated the energy return of corn ethanol. The energy return on…

Why Alternative Energy Will Never "Pencil Out"

Jul 07, 2010 at 15:48 | Charles Hugh Smith

Advocates of a smooth transition away from petroleum may be surprised by the consequences of huge swings in the cost of oil. I first proposed a "head-fake" in the price…

Obama Announces $2 Billion More in Stimulus Aid for Solar Power

Jul 07, 2010 at 04:05 | Darrell Delamaide

President Barack Obama announced nearly $2 billion in government loan guarantees for two solar projects, placing bets on both solar thermal and photovoltaic technologies. The two projects will directly create…

India’s Growing Nuclear Industry

Jul 06, 2010 at 03:10 | Frank O'Donnell

Canada’s recent decision to resume civilian nuclear trade with India after an absence of 36 years illustrates how far India has come since the international isolation following its 1974 nuclear…

Germany Eyes $500 Million for Public-Private Climate Fund

Jul 04, 2010 at 12:39 | Christopher Cundy

Germany has launched a 'climate protection' fund to help local banks invest in energy efficiency and renewables for small businesses and households in developing countries, seeding it with more than…

Biorefineries have big role in fight against climate change – WEF

Jul 02, 2010 at 08:14 | Graham Cooper

Biorefineries – facilities that convert biomass into fuel, energy, chemicals and materials – have a major role to play in combating climate change, says a World Economic Forum (WEF) report.…

Is Japan Next for Geothermal?

Jul 01, 2010 at 09:43 | Dave Forest

Geothermal giant Ormat announced this week it's going to Japan. Ormat signed a cooperation agreement with Japanese construction conglomerate JFE Engineering. The deal calls for the two companies to work…

Trolling for Bargains in the Alternative Energy Space

Jun 30, 2010 at 08:39 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I am always on the lookout for interesting alternative energy plays and stumbled across one the other day. Camarillo, CA based Power-One (PWER) is in one of the world's largest…

Legal Panel Thwarts Government Plan to Kill Yucca Mountain Nuclear Dump

Jun 30, 2010 at 08:33 | Darrell Delamaide

A three-judge panel at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission revived plans for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump at least temporarily when it rejected the Department of Energy’s request to…

US Renewables Legislation Could Delay, Rather Than Derail, Carbon Price – Lobby Groups

Jun 26, 2010 at 09:26 | Gloria Gonzalez

Pursuing an energy-only bill in the US Senate this year does not preclude the possibility of putting a price on carbon in the future, renewable energy advocates said, even as…

Solar’s Time in the Sun is Nigh, Say Financiers

Jun 25, 2010 at 08:59 | Gloria Gonzalez

The focus of growth in renewables is likely to flip from wind to solar, as the falling price of the technology and equipment make it more competitive with other renewables,…

A Peek at Your Energy Future

Jun 25, 2010 at 08:45 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

If you want to get a preview of what an electric power utility of the future looks like, take a look at the old Florida Power and Light, which has…

The New Challenges and Benefits of Wind Power

Jun 23, 2010 at 08:01 | Brian Westenhaus

The Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) asserts in a study released last month that the power grid for five western states – Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico…

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