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Alternative Energy / Renewable Energy

The Hype Surrounding Grass as an Alternative Energy Source

Nov 23, 2010 at 11:10 | SciDev SciDev

The world is facing an energy crisis. The greenhouse effect, caused by the burning of fossil fuels, has aroused serious concerns among scientists and politicians. Some have turned to the…

Exelon to Invest $5 Billion in Clean Energy

Nov 19, 2010 at 08:37 | Environmental Finance

US utility Exelon is to invest nearly $5 billion in low-carbon energy projects starting this year, as part of plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 15 million…

The Answer to all our Energy Concerns: A Look at Cold Fusion

Nov 18, 2010 at 08:10 | Brian Westenhaus

A Cold Fusion explanation that seems workable and can be a base for theory that the layperson can grasp is making its way around the world.  This writer is going…

IEA Says Renewable Investment Must Reach $5.7 Trillion by 2035

Nov 17, 2010 at 11:07 | Jess McCabe

$5.7 trillion must be invested in renewables by 2035, even under the International Energy Agency’s more conservative forecast – which would still result in global warming of 3.5°C. In 2009,…

Improving Outlook for Environmental Investing

Nov 15, 2010 at 10:34 | Mark Nicholls

Institutional investors are risk averse, time-poor and “carbon and climate fatigued”, making it difficult to generate interest in environmentally-orientated investing, according to a leading investment consultant. However, Will Oulton, head…

Green Energy Sector Weekly Update: What’s Next?

Nov 15, 2010 at 10:30 | Green energy Reporter

What’s next?  That question has been on the mind of many stakeholders in the renewable energy industry who, as we’ve previously reported, are hungry for clarity on the future of…

Green Energy Sector Weekly Update: Clean Energy Businesses to Suffer Following Elections

Nov 10, 2010 at 08:38 | Green energy Reporter

At a somber post-election press conference, President Barack Obama, ever the pragmatic, conceded that one of his major policy goals, implementing a comprehensive cap-and-trade system, was dead. “Cap-and-trade was just…

Republican Victory Could Spell Trouble for the Clean Energy Sector

Nov 09, 2010 at 11:51 | Gloria Gonzalez

A day after a landslide Republican victory in the US House of Representatives, President Barack Obama pledged to work with his opponents to find common ground on energy issues, but…

Green Energy Sector Weekly Update: Wind Power Losing its Allure to Investors

Nov 01, 2010 at 10:24 | Green energy Reporter

After a couple of years of sustained growth, U.S. wind power investments have fallen off the cliff over the past year, pummeled by a combination of record-low natural gas prices,…

Is Exelon Building an Alternative Energy Conglomerate?

Oct 27, 2010 at 10:14 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Exelon (EXC) popped up on my radar a few months ago, when it bought the wind energy business from John Deere (DE) for $900 million. The company plans to cash…

Green Energy Sector Weekly Update: Investment Banks Responding to Increase in Green Investments

Oct 26, 2010 at 14:37 | Green energy Reporter

There’s a trend that’s been fueling a lot of merger and acquisition deals, not just this week but over the past couple of years (since the dark days of September…

Is Fusion Power Closer to Becoming Reality

Oct 23, 2010 at 09:39 | David Gabel

It has been called the holy grail of energy technology; a perfectly clean source with an unlimited supply. Nuclear fusion has been demonstrated to be possible, but converting it to…

Green Energy Sector Weekly Update: Google Gets Into Offshore Wind

Oct 19, 2010 at 09:28 | Green energy Reporter

This week Google dipped its toes in the largely underdeveloped but extremely promising U.S. offshore and, in doing so, further clarified its ambitious renewable energy strategy. The Mountain View, Calif.,…

Re-Wiring Britain for Low-Carbon Future Will Cost £32bn – Ofgem

Oct 11, 2010 at 10:41 | Jess McCabe

Britain will need to spend £32 billion ($51 billion) re-wiring and piping its electricity and natural gas transmission network in the next 10 years, as part of efforts to…

Green Energy Sector Weekly Update: Banks Remain Cautious on Green Investments

Oct 05, 2010 at 18:45 | Green energy Reporter

With Congress adjourned and a Democratic majority that’s fighting for its survival, it sure doesn’t seem like these green initiatives are going to be expanded anytime soon. That stark reality…

California’s Aggressive Renewables Target

Oct 05, 2010 at 09:52 | Charlotte Dudley

Californian utilities can meet an aggressive 33% renewable target – so long as issues over grid capacity and regulation are clarified. The Californian Air Resources Board (CARB) approved a proposal…

Green Energy Sector Weekly Update – Chinas Growing Green Clout

Sep 28, 2010 at 08:30 | Green energy Reporter

After nearly two years at the Department of Energy, Matt Rogers, the agency’s most influential bureaucrat, is leaving, having overseen one of the DOE’s most ambitious undertakings: the disbursement of…

Strategic Investors Step in to Renewables Financing Void

Sep 27, 2010 at 09:28 | Gloria Gonzalez

Strategic corporate investors are increasingly taking centre stage in the renewable energy market, as the capital markets remain tough to navigate for technological entrepreneurs, financing experts said. Banks remain reluctant…

VC Fund to Tap China’s Clean-Tech Hub

Sep 21, 2010 at 09:04 | Gloria Gonzalez

Californian clean-tech investor VantagePoint Venture Partners has expanded its reach in China, launching a $100 million fund to invest in the city of Tianjin. VantagePoint this week announced the initial…

Green Energy Sector Weekly Update: Investors Attracted to China

Sep 18, 2010 at 12:54 | Green energy Reporter

China is the “it” place these days when it comes to everything green. The country is more and more looking like a leader of the global renewable energy sector and…

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