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Alternative Energy

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…

Solar Energy May Soon Get Much Cheaper

Jun 10, 2010 at 08:41 | Brian Westenhaus

Scientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have developed a new solar cell that they hope will cost a tiny fraction of current production. The new cells consist of…

Next Generation Biofuels: 5 Near-Term Challenges

Jun 09, 2010 at 19:28 | Robert Rapier

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has just issued a report detailing the outlook and challenges of next generation biofuels. I provided some input during the drafting of the report,…

The End of the Renewable Energy Boom

Jun 08, 2010 at 08:16 | Energy Tribune

In late May, the accounting firm Ernst & Young reported that 7 out of 10 major global corporations will spend 0.5% or more of their earnings this year on "fighting"…

China Joins US at Top of Clean Energy Investment Table

Jun 06, 2010 at 07:11 | Charlotte Dudley

Massive investment in clean energy projects has propelled China to the number one spot in a report ranking the world’s most attractive locations for renewable energy investment. Ernst & Young’s…

Europe’s Nuclear Waste Storage Problems

Jun 01, 2010 at 08:05 | ISN Security Watch

An association based in Switzerland is helping its European neighbours in their search for a good place to dump nuclear waste, Ten nations have enlisted the aid of Baden-based Arius,…

Uranium Sector Hit by Mining Safety Fears

May 31, 2010 at 13:49 | Dave Forest

Just going through the usual heap of news that piles up over the weekends. A tiny article from the Brisbane Times caught my attention. It has some huge implications. The…

Lake Erie Wind Farm to be First Freshwater Offshore Project in U.S.

May 26, 2010 at 12:16 | Darrell Delamaide

The first step in an ambitious project to generate 1,000 megawatts of electricity from offshore wind turbines in Lake Erie was taken this week with an order to General Electric…

Ethanol Growing in Popularity Due to Gulf Oil Spill

May 26, 2010 at 09:22 | Geoffrey Styles

The implications for the oil industry from the ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil spill are already taking shape, with the administration calling for a Challenger-style investigation and rewriting the…

Biomass Energy Plantations "Worsen Climate Change" - NGO

May 25, 2010 at 17:48 | Environmental Finance

The bioenergy industry has defended the use of forest plantations to create fuel for power plants, following claims by NGO Biofuelwatch that expanding wood biomass production to meet EU renewable…

Global Energy Trends Remain Largely Unchanged – Where does this Leave Renewable Energy?

May 21, 2010 at 13:35 | Energy Tribune

The global crisis, now well-rooted in its third year, continues to rock the world’s political and economic foundations. Regimes have been replaced, capitalism has shifted gear, and even the future…

Alternative Energy Industry Breathes a Sign of Relief as Rare Earth Elements Found in Nebraska

May 20, 2010 at 11:00 | Brian Westenhaus

Nebraska is one of those places the coastees like to dis as nowhere.  Nebraska is a big mostly flat state that if driving across is best done at night.  It’s…

China’s Hydroelectric Sector Crippled by Severe Drought

May 12, 2010 at 12:38 | Michael Economides

The unexpected things often determine the results of energy experiments or expectations. It is also axiomatic that nothing is ever perfect in this business. For proof of those two thoughts,…

5 Issues with Algae Fuels

May 12, 2010 at 08:17 | Robert Rapier

Here are 5 issues with Algae fuels that are covered in my new book on jatropha and algae as fuel sources. 1. The present cost of algae production from open…

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