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Alternative Energy / Renewable Energy

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

Australia to Invest $10 Billion in Renewable Energy

Jul 12, 2011 at 07:53 | Energy Digital

Australian taxpayers will front the bill for what will be the biggest single investment in renewable energy ever.  During negotiations of a new carbon price and diversion away from renewable…

Clean Tech Sector Heading for a Major Crash

Jul 11, 2011 at 08:32 | Breakthrough Institute

The global clean energy industry is set for a major crash. The reason is simple. Clean energy is still much more expensive and less reliable than coal or gas, and…

Google Study: Clean Energy Investments can Raise GDP by Billions and Employ Millions

Jun 30, 2011 at 08:31 | EcoSeed

Google.org, the internet giant’s philanthropic arm, released a new study saying that new ideas and improvements in clean energy and related industries together with policies that encourage them can help…

What Manufacturers Don’t want you to know About Electric Cars

Jun 24, 2011 at 07:35 | Daily Energy Report

Electric cars seem like the socially conscious, feel-good investment among environmentally friendly consumers. In corporate boardrooms, the innovation seemed well liked indeed. What’s not to like? Cars like the Nissan…

Will Alternative Energy Save Us From Peak Oil

Jun 17, 2011 at 08:22 | Dave Summers

The people of the world are going to continue to use energy. The fundamental question that this future reality poses relates to the sources from which the energy will be…

The Fukushima Cloud's Green, not Silver Lining

Jun 02, 2011 at 08:16 | John Daly

The ongoing tragedy of Japan’s Daichi Fukshima nuclear complex will prove to be a boon for renewable energy in Japan, and astute investors should begin carefully to follow Tokyo’s new…

Renewable Energy Given a Boost by Fukushima and Revolutions – E&Y

May 30, 2011 at 08:07 | Charlotte Dudley

Japan’s nuclear disaster and political unrest in the Middle East and North Africa have spurred momentum in the global renewables sector, but declining incentives and access to finance remain obstacles…

Clean Tech Spending Set to Double Over the Next Two Years

May 20, 2011 at 07:50 | Jess McCabe

Spending by large businesses on sustainability initiatives such as energy efficiency and clean-tech innovation could double in the next two years, according to analysis firm Verdantix.  Business sustainability…

Renewable Energy Could Supply 80% of World Energy Needs - IPCC

May 18, 2011 at 07:35 | SciDev SciDev

Renewable energy could meet almost 80 per cent of the world's energy supply by 2050, and the developing world is home to more than 50 per cent of the capacity…

Will there be a Renewable Energy Boom In Japan?

May 16, 2011 at 07:45 | Jess McCabe

Japan could increase installations of renewable power capacity by up to 3.5GW a year, HSBC Global Research calculates, as the country rethinks the role of nuclear power in the light…

Australia to Invest $39 Billion in Alternative energy Over the Coming Decade

May 06, 2011 at 07:36 | Charlotte Dudley

Australia is targeting 20% clean energy by 2020, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), which would put investments in renewable energy at US$39 billion over the coming decade. BNEF…

Is Alternative Energy Really at the Mercy of Rare Earth Elements?

Apr 28, 2011 at 08:20 | Professor Chris Rhodes

Always ready to air the other side of an argument, I return to the matter of whether Rare Earth Elements (REEs) and their impending scarcity are the Achilles heel of…

Clean Energy Investments Slump in Q1

Apr 21, 2011 at 08:59 | Charlotte Dudley

Global clean energy investment in the first three months of 2011 totalled $31.1 billion, a 34% slump on the previous quarter and down 10% on the corresponding period last year,…

Key Barriers Electric Cars Have to Overcome

Apr 21, 2011 at 08:57 | Andy Soos

Will electric cars ever become the common way to drive?  What is needed is an infrastructure that allows easy recharging of the vehicle (such as gasoline stations are for the…

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