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Alternative Energy / Renewable Energy

What Renewable Projects Would you Purchase Electricity From if you Were a Power Utility

Jul 27, 2010 at 04:16 | Dave Forest

Renewables (and particularly geothermal) are becoming a more popular talking point amongst utilities and governments these days. Just this week, America's Geothermal Energy Association said it will tell utilities at…

US Renewables Financing Set to Collapse Without Grant Extension

Jul 26, 2010 at 03:43 | Gloria Gonzalez

Renewable energy financing will decline precipitously next year if the US Congress fails to extend the cash grant programme, financing experts have warned. Combining funds from the Section 1603 Treasury…

Clean Energy Infrastructure a Good Match for Pension Funds

Jul 20, 2010 at 05:15 | Graham Cooper

Investments in European renewable energy infrastructure are a good choice for pension funds and insurance companies because they provide a good match with their liability profiles, said Joost Bergsma, CEO…

Batteries Are the Shocking Truth about Electric Cars

Jul 19, 2010 at 12:09 | Llewellyn King

Can white elephants come in green? President Barack Obama flew to Holland, Mich., on Thursday to attend groundbreaking ceremonies for a new lithium-ion battery plant, which the White House advertised…

Chinese Green Sector Surges as Europe Suffers in Q2

Jul 19, 2010 at 07:11 | Jess McCabe

Mixed fortunes have dogged the clean-tech and clean energy sectors in the second quarter of 2010, according to latest figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and VB/Research. Global…

GE, VC Firms Launch $200 Million Contest for Smart Grid Innovation

Jul 14, 2010 at 03:05 | Darrell Delamaide

General Electric and four venture capital funds launched a $200 million contest for innovations in smart grid technology, pledging to use the money to fund development of the winning entries.…

Can Renewable Energy Really Satisfy Our Energy Needs

Jul 12, 2010 at 03:44 | The Oil Drum

With the tragic Gulf of Mexico oil spill now focussing President Obama's and the American people's minds on where their energy comes from, and what some of the collateral costs…

Clean-Tech Venture Capital Investment Hits Record $4bn

Jul 09, 2010 at 06:32 | Charlotte Dudley

Global venture capital investment in clean-tech firms hit record levels in the first half of 2010, with investment totalling more than $4 billion, preliminary figures reveal. A preliminary report from…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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