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Alternative Energy

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…

Ethanol: The latest Incarnation of Snake Oil

Jun 18, 2010 at 13:43 | Energy Tribune

You may never have never heard of Patricia Woertz, or Archer Daniels Midland. Woertz is the CEO of ADM, America’s 27th largest company, and it’s the largest company headed by…

Grid Issues to Impinge on Renewables Growth

Jun 18, 2010 at 13:38 | Christopher Cundy

Electricity industry experts have raised concerns that Europe’s distribution grid is not up to the task of handling the growing capacity from renewable sources, threatening the profitability of plants and…

Ethanol Industry Produces a Top Ten Enemies List

Jun 17, 2010 at 10:14 | Robert Bryce

Richard Nixon had an enemies list. And now, so, too, do the corn ethanol scammers. Last week, Tom Waterman, the editor and publisher of The Ethanol Monitor, published a list…

Geothermal Elbowing its Way into the Mainstream

Jun 14, 2010 at 13:16 | Dave Forest

As I've mentioned a few times, geothermal looks to be approaching a rolling boil. A few more positive indicators on the sector presented themselves over the past week. First…

Looking for Renewable Energy That Actually Works

Jun 14, 2010 at 08:48 | Allen Gilmer

White House renewable energy darling Solyndra, the beneficiary of a $500 MM+ loan guarantee from the DOE, is featured on the White House Blogs... Written by Matt Rogers, Senior Advisor…

Bill Gates and the Energy Research Dilemma

Jun 11, 2010 at 13:50 | Llewellyn King

There is an idea that has been around for a long time, at least since the fall of 1973: All that stands between the United States and an abundant energy…

Federal, state governments establish Atlantic offshore wind energy consortium

Jun 11, 2010 at 08:30 | Darrell Delamaide

The federal government and 10 Atlantic coast states announced formation of an offshore wind consortium to coordinate and expedite development of the alternative energy on the Outer Continental Shelf. An…

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