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Alternative Energy

Calculating calamity: Japan's nuclear accident and the antifragile alternative

Mar 21, 2011 at 16:54 | Kurt Cobb

Famed student of risk and probability and author of The Black Swan Nassim Nicholas Taleb tells us that in 2003 Japan's nuclear safety agency set as a goal that fatalities…

Following Fukushima Safety of Armenian Nuclear Plant Questioned

Mar 21, 2011 at 16:50 | RFE/RL staff

Just a half-hour drive from the Armenian capital, Yerevan, a Soviet-era nuclear power plant sits precariously on an earthquake fault line. Environmentalists have long said the Ararat Valley, located just…

The Coming Geothermal Energy Boom

Mar 21, 2011 at 11:23 | Brian Westenhaus

According to a report released last week by Pike Research we’ll see a significant increase in the use of geothermal as an energy source between now and 2020.

Green Energy Sector Weekly Update: Despite Fukushima Republicans Strongly Support Nuclear Energy

Mar 21, 2011 at 11:18 | Green energy Reporter

Dixie Lee Ray, the always colorful and often controversial former chair of the Atomic Energy Commission once allegedly said, “A nuclear power plant is infinitely safer than eating, because 300…

Can Africa and Other Developing Nations Provide Safe Nuclear Power

Mar 21, 2011 at 09:51 | SciDev SciDev

As Japan's nuclear accidents send shockwaves round the world, Alex Abutu explores whether Africa is ready to provide safe nuclear power. The disasters that struck several Japanese nuclear facilities in…

Excellent Opportunities In Nuclear and Uranium Stocks

Mar 18, 2011 at 15:24 | Jeb Handwerger

There's an old saying in investing: Buy a winter coat in the summer. Uranium stocks are certainly out of season and deeply discounted. Media coverage has shifted from the destruction…

What Are You Willing to Sacrifice to Give Up Nuclear Energy?

Mar 18, 2011 at 11:13 | Robert Rapier

After the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, someone said to me “We have to stop all offshore drilling.” My response was that I could get behind that…

EU to Stress Test Nuclear Power Plants Following Fukushima Disaster

Mar 18, 2011 at 10:48 | RFE/RL staff

BRUSSELS -- EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger has announced that EU-wide stress tests on nuclear power plants will be conducted in the wake of the nuclear disaster unfolding at the…

Five Potential Nuclear Disasters Just Waiting to Happen

Mar 17, 2011 at 10:49 | RFE/RL staff

The troubles surrounding Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant in the wake of the recent earthquake and tsunami there have set off a debate on the safety of nuclear power in…

The True Story on Nuclear Power

Mar 16, 2011 at 22:54 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Having once worked for the Atomic Energy Commission at the Nuclear Test Site in Nevada, I do have some insights into the melt down at Fukushima. The media is wallowing…

The Fate of the Global Nuclear Industry Hangs in the Balance

Mar 16, 2011 at 09:55 | The Oil Drum

Yesterday, I believe, will go down in history as one of the most significant for mankind. Whilst most citizens of the developed and developing world do not realize this yet,…

What would be the Impact if we Discontinued Nuclear Energy?

Mar 15, 2011 at 08:37 | Gail Tverberg

We are very much reaching limits in the field of energy. This seems to mean that we ending up taking more and more risks, so that there is a greater…

Green Energy Sector Weekly Update: Liquidity Returning to the Alternative Energy Sector

Mar 15, 2011 at 08:24 | Green energy Reporter

During the go go years of 2003 to 2007 banks’ balance sheets were still written in black ink and it sometimes seemed all anyone needed to secure financing for a…

Ethanol and Corrosion: What Are We Not Being Told?

Mar 11, 2011 at 07:24 | Robert Rapier

History is littered with examples of ideas that seemed to be good for a while, but were later discovered to have unpleasant consequences. The pharmaceutical industry is full of cases…

Rolls Royce's Green Ambitions

Mar 09, 2011 at 07:26 | Stuart Burns

Want to be (big “G”) green and classy? Well, you soon can be. Rolls-Royce is showing what promises to be the most luxurious (and outrageously expensive) electric car at the…

A Pragmatic View of the Anticipated Development of Renewable Energy Technologies by 2020

Mar 08, 2011 at 07:20 | Mark Nicholls

The investment required to meet the UK’s 2020 renewable energy targets is likely to be below £40 billion ($65 billion), not the “intimidatingly large” £200 billion often cited, according to…

Despite Challenges China Remains the Number One Market for Renewables Investment

Mar 07, 2011 at 08:40 | Charlotte Dudley

China is still the most attractive market for renewables investment, despite facing significant supply chain challenges, while continued economic pressure has put the wider global renewables market “in a state…

Nine Challenges Facing the Alternative Energy Industry

Mar 04, 2011 at 09:16 | The Oil Drum

The scramble for alternatives is on. High oil prices, growing concerns over energy security, and the threat of climate change have all stimulated investment in the development of alternatives to…

UAE to Become the First Arab State to Use Civilian Nuclear Power

Mar 04, 2011 at 08:43 | ISN Security Watch

Construction work started at a site close to the UAE border with Saudi Arabia last December, and the first reactor is scheduled to go online in 2017, despite expected delays.…

Blackrock's Foray into the Renewable Energy Sector

Mar 04, 2011 at 08:40 | Mark Nicholls

Investment management giant BlackRock has launched a new renewable power investment group, led by the CEO of Irish utility NTR – marking its first foray into renewable energy infrastructure investing.…

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