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A New Energy Era: Wind And Solar Outpace Hydropower

A New Energy Era: Wind And Solar Outpace Hydropower

Wind and solar energy consumption…

Investment Shortfall Threatens Europe’s Green Transition

Investment Shortfall Threatens Europe’s Green Transition

President Biden's advisor, Heather Boushey,…

Alternative Energy / Renewable Energy

What is Both Sustainable and Renewable that Makes Financial Sense Today?

Jan 01, 2012 at 20:42 | Barry Stevens

The answer is: Municipal solid waste (“MSW”) and its conversion into energy!  There are few, if any, energy technologies that can claim to be both renewable and sustainable but also…

Central Asia's Creative Alternatives to Fossil Fuels

Dec 20, 2011 at 12:47 | RFE/RL staff

Soaring fuel prices; electricity rationing; early snow -- it's enough to send people scurrying for alternative ways to heat their homes and cook their meals. In some parts of Central…

How Will Renewable Energy Fare in 2012?

Dec 19, 2011 at 19:27 | James Burgess

Renewable energy is considered the future. The best way for us to combat climate change, survive the decline of oil and generally provide cheap, safer, secure energy. However the industry…

Subsidies: The Poisoned Chalice of Renewable Energy

Dec 19, 2011 at 19:20 | MasterResource

“Solar subsidies are a placebo which is giving the general public a sense of security about our energy future and is robbing the motivation of those entrepreneurs that could actually…

Rare Earth Shortages - A Ticking Timebomb for Renewables?

Dec 12, 2011 at 07:51 | Environmental Finance

A global scarcity of rare earth metals over the next five years could be “a ticking timebomb” for renewables and clean-tech, according to consultancy PwC.Hybrid cars, rechargeable batteries…

Solar vs. Wind - Who Wins?

Dec 07, 2011 at 17:43 | Tom Murphy

For me, the most delightful turn of events in the ultimate nerd-song “Particle Man” by They Might Be Giants, is that after introducing (in order of complexity) particle-man, triangle-man,…

Hawaii About to Crack Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Roadblocks?

Dec 05, 2011 at 17:51 | John Daly

Hawaiian efforts to move towards renewable energy have a powerful ally in the form of Mark Glick, chief administrator of the State Energy Office, part of the Department of Business,…

What Will Renewable Energy Really Cost?

Dec 04, 2011 at 21:52 | Gary Hunt

That is the question customers are asking as their utility rates go up to pay for the cumulative cost of the aspirations of politicians and regulators. But until now the…

Latin America Strives to Become the Greenest Continent

Dec 01, 2011 at 17:10 | James Burgess

Latin America is one of the world’s largest continents, with abundant, untapped energy resources. It also boasts several countries with rapidly growing economies such as Brazil and Mexico. In fact…

Is Rossi's E-Cat Yesterday's News? Australian Company Claims to have a Working Fusion Reactor

Nov 30, 2011 at 17:34 | Brian Westenhaus

More Fantastic Than Rossi’s E-Cat Out of Cleantech via Al Fin Energy comes a hint of a nuclear fusion company more fantastic than the Rossi E-Cat.  While the…

Why Electric Vehicle's May Not be Such a Good Choice After All?

Nov 30, 2011 at 17:28 | Barry Stevens

The conclusions given at the end of this commentary are somewhat radical and show from a life cycle basis of overall efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions that natural gas fueled…

Google Reins in Spending on Renewable Energy Technology

Nov 26, 2011 at 10:50 | James Burgess

Back in July Larry Page became Google’s new chief executive and immediately began a campaign to reign in Google’s projects and focus their resources. This was due to the stiff…

India and Bangladesh Spar Over Tipaimukh Dam

Nov 24, 2011 at 17:11 | John Daly

While renewable energy advocates see hydroelectric facilities as largely beneficial, things get complex when the rivers to be harnessed cross international borders. Bangladesh and India are now at loggerheads…

DOD Recognizes Biofuels Limitations and Steps up Energy Innovation

Nov 24, 2011 at 16:46 | Innovation Policy Blog

It’s worth noting a pair of recent developments on the Defence Department energy front. One is a useful reminder of what DOD can achieve now with the proper support, and…

Canada Increasing Renewable Energy Exports to U.S.

Nov 23, 2011 at 17:44 | John Daly

Most Americans are only dimly aware of Canada’s importance to U.S. energy imports. The typical American audience, if they are aware of Canadian energy exports to the U.S. at all,…

Time to Stop Playing Politics and Focus on Clean Energy Reforms

Nov 20, 2011 at 10:01 | Breakthrough Institute

Congressional investigators should prioritize clean energy commercialization solutions over political grandstanding and focus on identifying key lessons from the experience of the Loan Programs Office. Congress should put these lessons…

Creating Renewable Natural Gas with Solar Power

Nov 17, 2011 at 16:36 | Energy Digital

HyperSolar, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough technology to make renewable natural gas using solar power, announced yesterday that it has filed a patent application for the production of renewable…

Every Little Helps - Converting Wasted Kinetic Energy into Electricity

Nov 15, 2011 at 16:52 | James Burgess

Humanity is constantly looking at innovative technologies to help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Yet it’s not always the big discoveries that make the difference. Small inventions that reduce…

Germany Faces Sticker Shock Over Renewable Energy to Replace Nuclear

Nov 09, 2011 at 08:17 | John Daly

On 30 May, in the aftermath of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that Germany would close all of its 18 nuclear power plants between 2015 and…

Ethiopia - An Alternative Energy Future Beyond Hydropower?

Nov 04, 2011 at 08:55 | John Daly

Like many countries in Africa, Ethiopia is investigating the country’s renewable energy potential. While recent hydroelectric projects, including the 1,870 megawatt $2.2 billion Gilgel Gibe III dam on the Omo…

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