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Alternative Energy

Have we Seen the End of Jatropha as a Potential Biofuel?

Aug 09, 2011 at 07:48 | Brian Westenhaus

According to Promode Kant from the Institute of Green Economy in India and Shuirong Wu of the Chinese Academy of Forestry some 12.8 million ha (49,421 square miles) are expected…

US Debt Ceiling Deal Bad News for Renewable Energy Sector

Aug 08, 2011 at 07:31 | Gloria Gonzalez

The deal to raise the US debt ceiling may have averted a disastrous credit crisis, but it is bad news for the clean energy sector. After a bitter partisan battle,…

Coal and Ethanol Are Not Alternative Energy Policy

Aug 04, 2011 at 07:49 | Andrew Smolski

The domestic alternative energy policy in the US seems to rotate on semantics and adding words to other words to make it look like something is going on. However, the…

U.S. Geothermal Industry Could be Given a Boost by Congress

Aug 03, 2011 at 08:33 | Energy Digital

With Washington finalizing a last minute debt deal to avoid a default, some are preparing for what’s next.  Frankly, the poorly pieced together debt deal will do little more than…

Biofuels and Tequila: Agave May Make a Suitable Ethanol Crop

Aug 01, 2011 at 07:12 | Energy Digital

Grab the lime and salt!  Tequila may soon offer more than just delicious frozen margaritas.  Researchers find that the agave plant, used to distill the famous Mexican spirit, may also…

Biofuels Stepping up to Replace Petroleum in Plastic & Chemicals Manufacturing

Jul 29, 2011 at 07:24 | Al Fin

As the price of petroleum edges up in fits and starts, booms and busts, substitution products are coming on board to replace petroleum in many uses -- including fuels, plastics,…

The Problem with China’s Booming Green Economy

Jul 29, 2011 at 07:22 | Christopher Cundy

China’s fast-growing green economy could provide millions of new jobs in the coming decade, according to a study from the Worldwatch Institute. The environmental research group estimates that 4.5 million…

The Implications of Germany Decision to End Their Nuclear Energy Programme

Jul 28, 2011 at 08:11 | Open Democracy

Germany’s anti-nuclear movement is the poster-boy of its kind in Europe, even worldwide. Over the course of nearly forty years this potent, enduring campaign swayed German public opinion decisively against…

Ethanol Usage now Exceeding Feed Usage from Corn

Jul 28, 2011 at 08:06 | EcoSeed

The latest report of the United States’ Department of Agriculture showed that the largest volume of corn produced this year is going to be used for ethanol production. According to…

Biofuels Potential to Transform the Global Economy

Jul 27, 2011 at 07:41 | John Daly

Slowly but surely, an extraordinarily important new industry is slowly taking shape, with the potential to transform the global economy. After years of existing largely as an environmentalist's fantasy,…

Building the Infrastructure for Widespread Renewable Energy

Jul 27, 2011 at 07:33 | Energy Digital

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission passes a new power transmission planning law that may streamline renewable energy. One of the major problems that has plagued widespread development of renewable…

Japan’s Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant to Get Anti-Tsunami Seawall

Jul 26, 2011 at 07:48 | Energy Digital

In an attempt to protect its assets from a Fukushima-style meltdown, Chubu Electric Power Co. is constructing an 18-meter (60 foot) anti-tsunami seawall around its Hamaoka nuclear plant.  The plant…

The Need for a Real Domestic Alternative Energy Policy in the USA

Jul 25, 2011 at 11:05 | Andrew Smolski

Alternative energy (or renewable energy) is a new manufacturing industry paradigm that is in its infancy. However, the discussion is not new, and it looks as if the United States…

World’s Largest Tidal Farm to be Launched in Scotland

Jul 25, 2011 at 11:00 | Green Futures

Ten underwater turbines will generate 30GW a year from the seafloor in the Sound of Islay, following government approval. A £40 million tidal array harnessing electricity from one of the…

Uzbekistan's Untapped Solar Energy Riches

Jul 21, 2011 at 08:17 | John Daly

The 17th century English philosopher, Francis Bacon, once observed that, "knowledge is power." So, here’s some power knowledge that the West has overlooked, but may well contain critical information for…

Are U.S. Ethanol Subsidies Coming to an End?

Jul 20, 2011 at 07:19 | Stuart Burns

One can describe the corn market as distorted since subsidies began under the Carter administration back in the 1980’s. Arguably, however this decade has seen the most severe distortion with…

Just How Big Is the Clean Energy Economy

Jul 18, 2011 at 08:16 | Breakthrough Institute

A new report provides detailed evidence that the clean economy is here. Keeping it here will require a national and regional policy framework for driving innovation. This morning the Brookings…

Clean Energy Receives $42 Billion in Investment for Q2

Jul 18, 2011 at 08:11 | Charlotte Dudley

The clean energy sector attracted $41.7 billion in new investment in the second quarter of 2011. Increased spending on solar thermal power plants and strong venture capital (VC) and private…

Japan Turning to Nuclear Fusion Following Fukushima

Jul 18, 2011 at 08:00 | Al Fin

After the Fukushima nuclear crisis -- triggered by a massive earthquake and tsunami -- Japan has been strongly divided on nuclear power. Many Japanese will only consider a nuclear future…

2011 Renewable Energy Status Report: The Rise of Renewables

Jul 15, 2011 at 10:25 | Robert Rapier

The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century has just released their annual Renewables 2011 Global Status Report. I was one of the reviewers of the draft report,…

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